Easy success for AC Milan, Hellas Verona dreams of semifinals

In Group B, successes for AC Milan and Hellas Verona, with the latter now favorites to advance to the semifinals.  SPAL and Parma draw a well-played game

08 march 2019

The sun is back to shine over Arco and the 48th Trofeo Beppe Viola on its 2nd day, Friday March 8th, and that resulted in some good showings in the three games played at 1PM.

Group B is shaping up, as AC Milan and Hellas Verona – yesterday opposed in a 2-2 tie – moved to 4 points by beating Rappresentativa Dilettanti and SS Lazio respectively.

The rossoneri enjoyed a 3-1 success, proving to be the better side over much of the 70 minutes of play. The first goal came at minute 7, with a free kick by Capone. Rappresentativa Dilettanti managed to even things up again at minute 16 with a header by Chiricallo off a corner, but got behind again at 24’, when a penalty was assigned to AC Milan after Di Noia handed the ball: Capone was impeccable again in the penalty kick. The AC Milan striker could have sealed a hat trick, had he not missed an enticing opportunity at the end of the first half.

The second half was less entertaining: Rappresentativa Dilettanti went close to tie the game on a couple of free kicks, but a mistake by goalkeeper Siani opened the way to Cudjoe’s 3-1.

The Rossoneri’s fate won’t be decided by them though: after edging AC Milan at the penalties, Hellas Verona holds the reins of the game as it claimed a reassuring 3-0 win on SS Lazio. The first goal was scored by Verona’s captain Calabrese at minute 11 from a corner kick. SS Lazio tried to react, often lacking lucidity in the crucial moments. The biancocelesti were the most proactive side also early in the second half, even more when Hellas Verona was left with 10 players due to Turra’s ejection at minute 53. SS Lazio’s Castigliani wasted a major opportunity on a counterattack, but Verona didn’t: Yeboah brought the lead to 2-0 at 68’, whilst Pierobon rounded out the score at the end with a beautiful action.

SPAL and Parma (Group C) gave life to a beautiful duel, ended with a 1-1 score. Anyway, the Crociati prevalied at the penaltes, giving them control on their destiny: if they beat Napoli (already out) tomorrow, they would access the semifinals.

SPAL enjoyed a good start, moving ahead at minute 8 with a beautiful free kick by Horvat. Parma’s reaction came thick and fast: Stefancic’s goal at 12’ was ruled out due to offside, and the same striker hit the crossbar off a corner at 18’, but El Ghazzouli finally equaled the score at 30’, with a short-distance deviation off a Ballabio’s cross.

SPAL mostly dominated the second half but failed in converting their prevailence into goals. Saggionetto wasted a huge chance ahead of Parma’s goalie Rinaldi at minute 66. At the penalties, Manara and Laghi’s mistakes proved costly for SPAL.

Four more games are taking place in the afternoon, starting at 15.15: Atalanta-Brøndby and Torino-Arco (Group A), and Partizan-Chievo and AS Roma-Rappr. Trentino in Group D.