In an emotional roller coaster, the Granata eventually prevail on penalties

SESTO SAN GIOVANNI – They managed to come from behind twice, but in the end Armando Madonna’s side were defeated on penalties.

The match remained even in the early stages as both sides looked to figure each other out. Despite Inter having most of the ball, the Granata were looking solid at the back. In the 23rd minute, Gavioli went on a surging run in which he covered 40 metres of the pitch, but in the end he could only fire over the bar. Torino looked to respond through a set piece, but Inter’s wall did its job. In the 34th minute, Dekic was called into action as he came out to meet Millico’s cross. Two minutes later, Onisa scored with a powerful left-footed shot to give the Granata the lead. In the 45th minute, Torino goalkeeper Gemello produced a miraculous save to keep out Pompetti’s free kick. The two sides went into the break with the Granata 1-0 ahead.

Inter began the second half on the attack: Pompetti’s free kick was met by Merola, but the latter’s header was too weak. In the 58th minute, another Pompetti set piece caused havoc in Torino’s penalty area before Onisa finally managed to knock the ball behind for a corner. On the hour-mark, Belkheir had a great chance to double the Granata’s lead but could only shoot over from close range. In the 67th minute, Millico fired off target following good individual play by Adopo. After 80 minutes, the Nerazzurri got a deserved equaliser: Eddie Salcedo found the back of the net after Schirò had kept an Inter attack alive following Pompetti’s corner. In the 85th minute, Colidio had a great chance for Inter but couldn’t finish off Merola’s delightful ball to him. With normal time coming to a close, Merola had two further chances to score but couldn’t convert with his left foot on both occasions. After two minutes of additional time, the referee blew the full-time whistle to send the match into extra time.

The opening period of extra time started with Corrado playing a precise ball for Merola, but Inter’s number ten wasn’t able to connect with the ball properly. Torino then went up the other end and scored as Dekic was unable to hold a shot from the left, leaving Rauti with an easy tap-in.  As the first half of extra time was coming to a close, Sebastiano Esposito struck across the goalkeeper and bagged Inter’s second goal of the match after Gavioli had spread the ball out to him on the right. The final chance of the match fell to Colidio, but he could only find the side netting after beating the offside trap.

The match thus went to penalties. Torino scored their opening three, while Zappa and Pompetti missed Inter’s first two, leaving the Nerazzurri with an uphill task. Madonna’s side tried to come back once again, but Petrungaro went on to score the winning penalty for the Granata to hand them the first trophy on offer this season.

INTER 2-2 TORINO (Torino win 4-2 on penalties)
Goalscorers: 36' Onisa, 80' Salcedo, 93’ Rauti, 105’ Esposito

INTER: 21 Dekic; 2 Grassini (67’ Corrado 3), 4 Nolan, 6 Ntube, 22 Zappa; 8 Gavioli, 5 Pompetti, 20 Schirò (99’ Burgio 17); 7 Persyn (56’ Colidio 18), 10 Merola (99’ Esposito 23), 11 Salcedo (91’ Adorante 9).
Substitutes: 1 Pozzer, 12 Stankovic, 13 Van Den Eynden, 15 Rizzo, 16 Demirovic, 19 Mulattieri
Coach: Armando Madonna

TORINO: 1 Gemello, 2 Gilli, 3 Ambrogio (106’ Michelotti 16), 4 Ferigra, 5 Onisa, 6 Sportelli, 8 De Angelis (58’ Murati 19), 9 Rauti (94’ Marcos Lopez 13), 10 Belkheir (64’ Petrungaro 7), 11 Millico, 15 Adopo. 
Substitutes: 12 Trombini, 14 Portanova, 18 Isacco, 21 Moreo, 22 Fasolino, 23 Ghazoini, 25 Enrici, 27 Kone.
Coach: Federico Coppitelli

Bookings: De Angelis (44'), Ambrogio (90’)

Added time: 0' - 2' // 2' - 1'

Referee: Daniel Amabile
Assistants: Alessio Berti and Giuseppe Perrotti

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