Atalanta was the first team to win a spot in 48th Trofeo Beppe Viola’s final, to be held on Tuesday March 12th at the Via Pomerio stadium in Arco. The Bergamo’ team beat Parma 6-5 at the penalty kicks, after an entertaining and eventful clash had ended with a 1-1 tie. Atalanta held the reins of the game for long, but Parma never gave up, getting as close as 11 meters to a memorable qualification to the final against one of the top favorites of the Tournament.
In a sunny afternoon, Atalanta was more proactive in the early race, with Parma mostly attentive on defense and eager to counterattack. During the 1st half Atalanta kept gaining ground but did not actually threaten Rinaldi’s goal until minute 39th, when Reda’s header turned a Panada’s cross into the 1-0 goal. One minute later, Reda was dangerous again on a launch from the midfield, slightly too long to beat Rinaldi.
The start of the second half was evenly contested again, but Parma moved Napoletano on the strikers’ line, and that created some issues to the Atalanta rearguard. At minute 54, Cittadini possibly handed a Parma’s cross in the box – but the referee opted not to give the penalty. He had no choice, though, three minutes later, when the defender tripped Napolitano on the left of the goal. Parma’s captain Casarini did not waste the penalty kick, tying the game 1-1.
At minute 63, Atalanta’s goal was threatened again by a lob header by Napoletano on Spaccaferro’s assist, but at 69’ it was Atalanta’s Vorlicky who missed an incredible chance, dribbling the goalie but stumbling just a few centimeters from the goal line, giving Parma a chance to clear. On the following corner, Derbali missed an inviting header just by the goal.
A right-foot shot by Trezza (72’) after a counterattack was the last opportunity of the regular time. In the penalty kicks, captains Panada and Casarini missed their opportunities, but then the two teams were impeccable until Bocchialini’ conclusion was neutralized by Pisoni.
“It was an entertaining game” told Atalanta’s Manager Giovanni Bosi, “we have failed several occasions, and Parma did well in creating opportunities all over the game. In the youth team as well as in the first, Atalanta looks to impose its game and that’s what we’ll try to do also in Tuesday’s final.”
Few regrets for a solid Parma side: “We are happy with our tournament,” told Manager Claudio Gabetta, “we were defeated by a stronger team, both technically and physically, but we did very good, and came just 11 meters away from a great feat. I can only congratulate my team.”
Atalanta – Parma 6-5 after penalties (1-1 after regular time)
Scorers: Reda (A) 39’, Casarini (P) 58’ on penalty
Panada (A) Neutralized
Casarini (P) Above crossbar
Manfredi (A) Goal
Artistico (P) Goal
Vorlicky (A) Goal
Farucci (P) Goal
Marcaletti (A) Goal
Trezza (P) Goal
Sidibe (A) Goal
Annibale (P) Goal
Viviani (A) Goal
Bocchialini (P) Neutralized