SESTO SAN GIOVANNI - Inter U19s secured another well-deserved victory as they beat Fiorentina 1-0 in their opening home league match of the season at “Breda”. After coming from behind to win against Pescara on matchday one and an emphatic victory in their opening UEFA Youth League match, the Primavera picked up another three points on matchday two of the Primavera 1 TIM.
Armando Madonna’s players raced out of the blocks, testing the viola backline on numerous occasions in the first ten minutes. Persyn and Colombini particularly were thorns in the visitor’s side early on, making good use of the space out wide. The best chances fell to Mulattieri, who drew a sharp save from Brancolini, and Esposito, whose header flew narrowly wide of the target.
Fiorentina attempted to gain a foothold in the match, but once again it was the hosts who threatened, with Schirò testing Brancolini from a tight angle. In the 34th minute, Esposito found a way into the area only to see his path blocked by the busy Brancolini.
The hosts carved out another great opportunity just before half time, with Persyn putting in a cross from the right and picking out Schirò, who could not convert despite timing his run well. The last chance of the half fell to the visitors, with the Fiorentina number nine, Pedro, forcing a corner out of Stankovic.
The flow of the match remained much the same in the second half. A double chance for the Nerazzurri – first the newly-introduced Gianelli and then Esposito both went close to opening the scoring. The match entered a more balanced phase on the hour mark, but Madonna’s boys were conserving energy for a one last push in the final fifteen minutes.
Vergani’s header from a Persyn cross was just a warning. Then in the 77th minute, something incredible: Burgio hits the post, Gianelli follows up but also sees his shot crash against the woodwork, and Esposito taps in the second rebound to break the deadlock.
Fiorentina were reduced to ten men shortly afterwards after Dutu’s second yellow card. Inter were able to hold onto their lead and celebrate their third straight win in all competitions.
INTER 1-0 FIORENTINA
Goals: 77' Esposito
INTER: 1 Stankovic; 2 Kinkoue, 4 Ntube, 6 Pirola; 7 Persyn, 11 Attys (46’ Gianelli 17), 5 Agoume, 8 Schirò (63’ Oristanio 20), 3 Colombini (63’ Burgio 15); 9 Mulattieri (80’ Vergani 23), 10 Esposito (86’ Squizzato 18).
On the bench: 12 Pozzer, 21 Tononi, 13 Vaghi, 14 Moretti, 16 Sami, 19 Vezzoni, 22 Fonseca.
Head coach: Armando Madonna
FIORENTINA: 1 Brancolini, 2 Pierozzi, 3 Simonti (46’ Ponsi 14), 4 Dutu, 5 Fiorini, 6 Dalle Mura, 7 Montiel (81’ Gelli 15), 8 Hanuljak (85’ Spalluto 19), 9 Pedro (61’ Pierozzi 21), 10 Koffi, 11 Duncan (61’ Kukovec 22).
On the bench: 12 Chiorra, 16 Chiti, 17 Lovisa, 18 Bianco, 20 Simic.
Head coach: Emiliano Bigica
Yellow cards: Dutu (57’, 79’), Ntube (82’)
Red cards: Dutu (79’)
Added time: 1' - 4'
Referee: Matteo Marcenaro
Assistants: Massimino and Gualtieri