Friday, 8 May 2009

[Primavera] Genoa lift youth Coppa

Genoa 2-0 Roma (Agg: 3-2)Genoa have won the 2009 Coppa Italia Primavera after overturning a first leg deficit to beat favourites Roma 3-2 on aggregate in the final.

Three-time winners Roma went into Thursday's return leg with a 2-1 first leg lead and held out for 77 minutes at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris but two late goals secured a first ever Coppa Italia Primavera trophy for the young Grifone.

With the final seemingly destined for extra-time after 16-year-old Ghanaian forward Richmond Boakye Yiadom had equalised, his countryman, 18-year-old Isaac Cofie's strike deflected off Roma defender Riccardo Brosco to snatch victory two minutes from the end.

Genoa PrimaveraLuca Chiappino's Genoa had opened the scoring in the first leg of the final in Trigoria last month thanks to Stephan El Shaarawy, who was unavailable for the return leg as he is on international duty with Italy's Under-17 side at the UEFA European Under-17 Championship finals, but a second half goal from Stefano Pettinari and an own-goal from Matteo Amico gave the capital outfit a first leg advantage.

The Coppa success comes just two years after Genoa lifted the prestigious Torneo di Viareggio, when again they beat Alberto De Rossi's Roma in the final.

Like city rivals Sampdoria last year, Genoa will now be looking to complete a Primavera cup and league double by winning the Campionato Primavera title for the first time in their history. Genoa, along with Roma and holders Samp, have qualified for the knockout last 16 stage.

PRIMAVERA 2008-09:
[Supercoppa] - [Torneo di Viareggio] - [Coppa Italia] - [Scudetto]

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