The 48th Trofeo Beppe Viola has got off on Thursday March 7th: the fifteen Under 17 teams (after the last-minute scratch of Ghana) were welcomed by heavy rain on the opening day, but that didn’t hold the top favorite teams to show some good football in the early on.
AS Roma opened its adventure in Group D with a win, seeing off Partizan in a tight game, in which the Serbians held the reins of the game for most of the first half. All the goals came in the second half though: Zalewski broke the stalemate with at minute 44, opening a phase in which the Giallorossi took courage creating several opportunities. The Serbians seized the wider spaces left by Roma to even the game with Colic. But hardly two minutes after that, Tripi finalized after a good move on the left side, fixing the score on 2-1.
In the other Group D game, Chievo needed over 60 minutes to break the resistance of the Trentino team, but eventually dominated in the final part, sealing a 3-0 win. The decisive moment came at minute 62, with a penalty given for a fould on Grazioli, and finalized by Merci. In the final minutes, Bontempi and Salvan rounded out the score for the Verona team.
Atalanta (Group A) enjoyed a much easier debut, in their quest to reclaim the title won in 2016 and 2017: good will was not enough for home-team Arco to hold off the Bergamo’s lineup, won by an eloquent 6-0 score. Marcaletti, D’Alessandro, Manfredi, Vorkicky (2) and Faye were the scorers, who seized the consistent domination of Atalanta, mirrored by a 20-0 corner score.
Defending champion Torino didn’t shine off the go, struggling to a 0-0 tie against Brøndby, while winning 4-2 at the penalty kicks. Few ideas, lots of agonism (8 yellow cards, equally split between the teams) and nervosism, as showed by the ejection of the Danish Team’s manager Anton Lyme. Brøndby had the best opportunity to break the drought in the first half: an accurate penalty kick from just outside the box by Løvgren Larsen found the opposition of Torino’s goalie Parola.