AS Roma, Atalanta and Chievo keep on winning

Three teams boast two wins after the first two games. Torino beats Arco in underwhelming display, Brøndby and Partizan out of ambitions

08 march 2019

There are three teams with full points after two days of the 48th Trofeo Beppe Viola. In group D, AS Roma and Chievo are leading with 6 points after beating Trentino and Partizan, whilst Atalanta saw off Brøndby to hold the top spot in Group A.

The Giallorossi easied off the Rappresentativa Trentino in Arco, sealing a 3-1 win. Opening the scoreboard was an own-goal by Kojdhali at minute 13, followed by a winning shot by Zalewski ten minutes later. AS Roma made it three at minute 47 with Milanese, while Trentino took one on its own with Tognotti in the recovery time.

In the other Group D contest, Chievo struggled to see off Partizan (1-0), in an unspectacular and nervous game. Few occasions were seen in a match with plenty of fouls. The decisive moment came at 59’: Anyimah forced his way through Partizan’s defence and was unfairly stopped just before entering the box by Djordevic, who received a second yellow card in the process. On the following free kick, Marco Bontempi scored with an accurate execution. Partizan’s trainer Jesic was ejected with a few minutes to the finish. Tomorrow Roma and Chievo will clash for a spot in the semifinals.

In group A, Atalanta enjoyed a strong start versus Brøndby, scoring right away with Sadibe. In the first 25 minutes it was a one-way contest, with Danish goalkeeper Juul saving Brøndby on several occasions. At minute 25, on a rare counterattack by the Danes, Rytter was fouled down in the box. The same player realized the penalty kick, making it 1-1.

The physical play of Brøndby limited Atalanta’s game, but at minute 55 the new-entry Repa headed in a cross from the left by Ruggeri, bringing his team back in front. Brøndby tried to react with little avail, and Repa seized the opportunity for a second goal in the final minutes, setting the score on 3-1.

In the other group A match, Torino beat Arco 3-0 with an underwhelming performance. The Granata dominated the pitch, but that did not convert into a beautiful and productive play, and the scoreboard features two failed penalty kicks by Tordini. Filippone brought Torino ahead in the first half (25’) on Tordini’s assist, whilst Tordini himself scored on a free kick in the second half. In the final, Salvi was protagonist of an incredible own goal. Tomorrow, the Granata defending champions will play versus Atalanta hoping for the semifinals: they only have one result to achieve that.