Republic of Ireland Under-19 international Ryan Johansson took another encouraging step in his progression as he was given a start for Bayern Munich against Arsenal in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Eddie Nketiah proved to be the match-winner as the Gunners made it two wins from two on their pre-season tour of the United States with a 2-1 victory, but it was a positive sign for Johannson, who made his Ireland debut last September against Wales.

The 18-year-old is eligible to represent Sweden - the county of his father's birth - and Luxembourg, where he was born, but he qualifies for Ireland through his mother, who hails from Westmeath.

He featured for Bayern's first team on their pre-season tour of the USA last summer too and is highly regarded at the Bundesliga giants.

Johansson played the first 45 minutes before being withdrawn.

Following a goalless first half, Unai Emery's side took the lead four minutes after the restart when Louis Poznanski diverted Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's cross into his own goal before Robert Lewandowski equalised with a fine header.

The match looked to be heading for a draw but young forward Tyreece John-Jules worked his way down the left side of the Bayern penalty box to cut the ball back for Nketiah to tap home two minutes from time.