Jack Byrne is delighted to have played his part in helping Manchester City to the UEFA Youth League quarterfinals.
Byrne struck in open play before a late equaliser from Schalke sent yesterday's tie into a penalty shootout. City managed to complete the task thanks to two Angus Gunn saves.
"That was exciting, wasn't it! It was a great game," Byrne told the Manchester Evening News.
"We're all delighted that we could get through. It makes it even better that it was penalties as well. It gives us mental strength going into the next game. We're absolutely delighted.
"[The equaliser] was tough, it was hard to take. You'd think they had the momentum going into the penalties after scoring in the last minute but if you judge it on the balance of play I think we deserved to go through definitely all day long. We're just delighted that we got the job done.
"I was on penalties before the game so that's what the reason was behind [stepping up]. One hundred per cent I wanted to get up there and help the boys.
"We've been practising on Gunny all week in training - we haven't scored many to be honest! It was great to practise on an unbelievable goalkeeper like him. He's the best goalkeeper I've played with and the best goalkeeper his age in the world definitely."
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