Bernazzani: "First place for the prestige"

BOLOGNA – With today’s win over Bologna and Chievo’s draw against Brescia, Daniele Bernazzani’s Primavera side made their place in the Final Eight a mathematical certainty. The coach had this to say after the game: "We’re pleased with the win and our performance today. It was important to get the three points because we didn’t want to miss out on the final stage of the tournament. We’ll look to beat Udinese on Saturday, both for the prestige and so that we can qualify for the finals as one of the seeds."

Primavera: Bologna 0-2 Inter

BOLOGNA – Bernazzani’s Nerazzurri Primavera pulled off a big win over Bologna at the Stadio Kennedy this afternoon. The three points – combined with AC Milan’s win over Varese and the draw between Chievo and Brescia – mean Inter are sure of going straight into the Final Eight of the Campionato Primavera – Trofeo Giacinto Facchetti.

A spectacular game with chances for both sides, it was Inter who took the lead in the 42nd minute: Di Gennaro’s clearance fell for Samuele Longo and the striker (who was sent off in the 65th minute for protesting) controlled before chipping the keeper. The Nerazzurri had to withstand a series of Bologna attacks after the break but Duncan gave them some breathing space in the 71st minute, when he made it 2-0 with a brilliant goal. The Ghanaian midfielder picked up the ball on the edge of the box then burst through three opponents before slotting past the keeper. Nerazzurri keeper Di Gennaro was instrumental in the win, pulling off a string of saves to prevent the hosts getting back in the game.

Inter can ensure they finish top of the group with a draw against Udinese next Saturday: if AC Milan win and finish level on 53 points, the Nerazzurri will qualify in first place by virtue of their better head-to-head record over the Rossoneri (two derby wins this season).

Bologna 0-2 Inter (HT: 0-1)
Longo 42, Duncan 71.

Bologna (4-3-1-2): 1 Stojanovic; 2 Ferrari (14 Bassani, 21; 16
Teggi. 72), 5 Boccaccini, 6 Mitrovic, 3 Zita; 8 Casini, 4 Bisoli, 7
Pescatore; 10 Draghetti (18 Benatti, 55); 9 Veratti, 11 Capello.
Unused subs: 12 Marchignoli, 13 Tonelli, 15 Marchesi, 17 Bustamante.
Coach: Perinelli.

Inter (4-3-3): 1 Di Gennaro; 2 M’Baye, 5 Kysela, 4 Spendlhofer,
3 Alborno; 7 Romanò, 6 Duncan, 8 Crisetig (13 Pasa, 89); 11 Forte (15 Benassi, 62), 9 Longo, 10 Livaja.
Unused subs: 12 Sala, 13 Pasa, 14 Giannetti, 16 Falasca, 17 Terrani, 18 Candido.
Coach: Bernazzani.

Referee: Pelagatti (Arezzo).
Booked: Forte 16; Bassani 40; Pescatore 52; Livaja 67; Mitrovic 81.
Sent off: Longo 69.

Ranocchia: "Immense grief. A massive loss"

UDINE "Immense grief. A massive loss."

It is hard to describe the sadness Andrea Ranocchia feels. He played with Piermario Morosini for Italy at youth level and roomed with the midfielder during training camps and trips.

"A marvellous lad, he didn’t deserve all this," said the Nerazzurri defender, who learnt of the Livorno player’s death at Inter’s hotel in Udine, where the team were due to play Udinese this evening.

Appiano: Inter prepare for Udine trip

APPIANO GENTILE – Training was intense for those who did not play or saw
limited action against Siena. There was a light session for the Nerazzurri who
saw the most action in yesterday’s match, among which were Lucio and Joel Obi.
Walter Samuel suffered a strain to the adductor of his right leg, although the
player was already suspended (yellow card accumulation), and will thus miss
Saturday’s match in Udine. Wesley Sneijder had his first double session
(morning and afternoon) as per his recovery programme. Maicon underwent an
individual programme. There was treatment and physiotherapy for Luc Castaignos.
The following players participated in training with the first team: goalkeepers
Raffaele Di Gennaro (1993) and Raffaele Dalle Vedove (1994), midfielder Joseph
Alfred Duncan (1993) and forward Marco Livaja (1993, pictured).

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the Centro Sportivo Angelo Moratti in La Pinetina. Tomorrow, again in the
morning in Appiano Gentile, will be the final workout on the pitch before the
departure for Friuli, scheduled for the early afternoon. The press conference
with Andrea Stramaccioni will begin at 13:00, live on Inter Channel and