It is not hard to spot which team deserved the titles at the end of Trofeo Beppe Viola day 1: Spal delivered the greatest upset of the day on their debut in the Trentino’s International Under 17 tournament, beating Napoli and laying the basis for an ambitious Beppe Viola run. Another big player was rain, that feel hard all over the matches on the four pitches, making the opening day even more demanding and contested.
Two among the big favorites, Roma and Atalanta, have started on the right foot, even though Roma had a hard time against a very competitive Partizan, whilst the Bergamo’s team breezed through the local Arco team. On the other hand, Milan and the defending Champions of Torino won’t be happy with their debut draws versus Verona and Brøndby, nor will be Lazio after a no-score game against Lega Nazionale Dilettanti. Chievo enjoyed a positive beginning, scoring a hat-trick to the Trentino team.
GROUP D: ROMA WINS IN EVEN CONTEST, CHIEVO DOMINATES IN THE FINALE
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.
GROUP A: EASY WIN FOR ATALANTA, TORINO STUCK ON DRAW
Atalanta 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.
GROUP C: SPAL ENJOYS FIRST SURPRISE WIN. NAPOLI DOWN ON DEBUT
Heavy rain has characterized the last games of 48th Beppe Viola’s day 1, that also delivered the first major upset of the tournament. In a shorthanded C group after Ghana’s late scratch, the ambitious Spal secured a prestigious 2-1 win versus Napoli.
Unexpected as it was, the outcome was all but deserved by the Spal side, that dominated the first half with a goal (Ellertson at minute 31) and a post hit by Horvat. A revolutionized Napoli showed up in the second half with six substitutes, but it was the seventh who proved instrumental, as Altomare scored from a corner action at minute 57, shortly after being sent on the pitch. Spal kept trying in the final minutes, and ultimately succeeded with Bertini’s decisive goal: Napoli’s way to the next round has suddenly become steep.
GROUP B: MILAN CLINCHES COMEBACK TIE, NO GOALS FOR LAZIO AND DILETTANTI
Verona and Milan delivered goals and a good spectacle in Arco, claiming one point each after also splitting the match’s domination. The first half was arguably Verona’s one, as the venetian team went up 2-0 with Martone and Yeboah. Milan didn’t lose its composure though and came back in the second half thanks to the goals by Capone (49’) and Angeli (62’), fixing the score on 2-2. Verona proved better in the penalty kicks, prevailing by a 5-3 score.
Lazio got off to a disappointing start against Rappresentativa Dilettanti (Girone B): no score and few goal opportunities, in a game certainly affected by heavy rain. The Biancocelesti still managed to win the edge at the penalty kicks (3-0).
DAY 1 RESULTS – THURSDAY MARCH 7TH
Brøndby-Torino 0-0 (2-4 after pens)
Milan-Verona 2-2 (3-5 after pens)
Lazio-Rappr. Dilettanti 0-0 (3-0 after pens)
Chievo-Rappr. Trentino 3-0
The second day of 48th Trofeo Beppe Viola will be played on Friday March 8th. The teams with three points will look to secure a spot in the semifinals, whilst the second day will already be the final chance for several others.
Atalanta-Brøndby (h. 15.15, Arco Romarzollo)
Torino-Arco (h. 15.15, Riva del Garda Varone)
Lazio-Verona (h. 13.00, Arco Romarzollo)
Milan-Rappr. Dilettanti (h. 13.00, Riva del Garda Varone)
Spal-Parma (h. 13.00, Bolognano)
Partizan-Chievo (h. 15.15, Bolognano)
Roma-Rappr. Trentino (h. 15.15, Arco Via Pomerio)