Wednesday, 4 April 2007

Juve beat Inter to youth Coppa

Juventus have beaten Inter to the Coppa Italia Primavera youth tournament under the guidance of Ciro Ferrara and Franco Chiarenza.

The Bianconeri had won the first leg 2-0 in Turin with goals from Sebastian Giovinco and Massimo De Ceglie, so the 1-1 draw in Milan proved enough to secure the trophy.

Davide Lanzafame had put Juve ahead after 33 minutes from Riccardo Maniero’s assist, while Hungarian Attila Filkor converted a penalty for the Nerazzurri just before the break for Stefano Di Biardino’s foul on Sebastian Cesar Ribas. Leonardo Bonucci was sent off for the Milanese side on 75 minutes.

It is another morale-boosting victory for the giants, who also beat Inter to the 2004 Coppa Italia and hammered their rivals 5-1 for the Italian Super Cup in September.

It is the third time Juve have won this competition after the 1995 edition – led by Alessandro Del Piero – and the Raffaele Palladino starring 2004 squad.

"Over the two legs we deserved to win and there is the added joy of lifting the trophy in Milan," smiled Ferrara.

The former Italian international defender is now the director in charge of the entire Juventus youth sector.

"These lads are achieving great things. They have done well and so has Coach Chiarenza, who has proved himself yet again to be an excellent motivator.

"It is wonderful to know that so many youngsters come to our football academy and are now reaping the rewards."

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