BUSTO ARSIZIO – The Nerazzurri Primavera team
led by Daniele Bernazzani tasted disappointment in the U-19 Super Cup
last night as they were beaten 2-1 by Alberto De Rossi’s Roma youngsters.
The contest at the Stadio Carlo Speroni in Busto Arstizio
saw Italian league champions Inter face off against last season’s
Coppa Italia winners Roma – a match-up between two of Italy’s
most productive and successful youth academies. Both sides went
into the final with seven Super Cup victories each (only Torino have
more with eight).
Bernazzani was without many of the lads who contributed to
last season’s NextGen Series and championship double (Daniel Bessa,
Raffaele Di Gennaro and Matteo Bianchetti were in the stands)
but his side was bolstered by the likes of Ibrahima Mbaye, Alfred
Duncan and Marko Livaja, who have spent time with the first
team in recent months.
Roma took an early lead
when Frediani’s cross from the right was nodded in at close range by
Bumba. The Nerazzurri almost hit back immediately: Duncan’s long ball was brought down brilliantly by Garritano just
outside the box before the 18-year-old forward tried an audacious lob which
looped just wide of goal. The rest of first period saw plenty of
action down both ends but Inter’s cause wasn’t helped when Mbaye was
harshly sent off following a tussle with Frediani. And the Nerazzurri’s plight worsened when Ricci’s inch-perfect
through ball picked out Frediani, who had an easy task to make it
2-0 just before half-time.
The chips may have been down but Bernazzani got the lads fired up
during the break and despite playing with a man less Inter came out with all guns blazing. A free kick on the edge of the box (which probably
should have been a penalty) was rolled across to Livaja and the
Croatian drilled low past Svedkauskas to pull one back. The goal spurred the
Nerazzurri on even more, and they set about laying siege to the
Giallorossi goal. However, a combination of bad
luck and good saves (plus a goal ruled out for offside) denied
Bernazzani’s lads an equaliser. A superb second-half display wasn’t enough: the 2012 Primavera
Super Cup went to Roma.
Inter 1-2 Roma (HT: 0-2)
Bumba 4, Frediani 44, Livaja 60.
1 Dalle Vedove; 2 Bandini (Zaro 88), 4 Donkor, 5 Pasa, 3 Mbaye; 8
Benassi, 6 Duncan;7 Forte (Belloni 57), 10 Acampora, 11 Garritano
(Terrani 84); 9 Livaja.
?Unused subs: 12
Cincilla, 13 Guglielmotti, 15 Eguelfi, 16 Bangoura, 17 Del Piero, 18
Tassi, 21 Ivusic, 22 Colombi, 23 Gabbianelli.
Roma (4-3-3): 1 Svedkauskas; 2
Rosato, 4 Calabresi, 5 Carboni, 3 Yamnaine; 8 Lucca, 10 Ricci (Somma
83), 6 Cittadino (Mazzitelli 62); 7 Frediani (Ferri 80), 9 Ferrante,
Unused subs: 12 Zonfrilli, 13
Sammartino 14 Di Gioacchino, 16 Minicucci, 17 Pagliarini, 18 Ricci,
19 Mazzitelli, 20 Terriaca, 21 Gonzalez, 23 Romano.
Alberto De Rossi.
Referee: Fabio Maresca (Naples).
Added time: 2 + 4 minutes.
Booked: Cittadino 22, Forte 25, Ricci 37, Frediani 44, Donkor 92.
Sent off: Mbaye 39.