The boys of Alessandro Lupi have won the Scudetto as they scored five past Roma on Friday afternoon in Cesena; it’s the first title for Paolo Maldini’s son.
After beating Genoa in the play-off semi-final with an 87′-minute goal scored by Riccardo Tonin (matches are 80 minutes plus stoppage time at this level of football), the Diavolo faced Roma yesterday with a chance to win the title.
And they did it. With Marco Fassone, Massimiliano Mirabelli, Arrigo Sacchi, Sebastiano Rossi and others watching from the stands, the players of coach Alessandro Lupi took the pitch by storm.
It took Tonin less than a minute to find the back of the net to give Milan the lead. In the 18′ minute, Gabriele Basani doubled and in the 23′ minute, the red and black devils were leading 3-0, thanks to a Siaka Haidara goal. Roma got back to the match, however, and in the 30′ minute Alessio Riccardi scored to make it 3-1. Six minutes into the second half, Roma’s Alessandro Barbarossa netted too.
But eventually Milan managed to hold on, also thanks to a massive save from goalkeeper Matteo Soncin and scored two more goals in the last minutes, as Tonin celebrated again in the 80′ minute and Haidara got his second in the 85′ minute. Daniel Maldini, the son of Paolo and grandson of the late Cesare, played 67 minutes in the attacking midfielder / second striker position.
Milan won the league title, and it’s their first since the 2010/11 season, when that team had Petagna, Cristante and Kingsley Boateng as their stars. It’s also the first club title in the era of the Chinese.
— AC Milan (@acmilan) June 23, 2017
“Unbelievable satisfaction, the route was hard but I’m happy for the growth of the players,” coach Lupi commented following the league title win. “When we started thinking about the Scudetto? During the season, there were some fundamental moments, like the tournament in Turin. From there we took awareness and the wins in the play-offs have made a different. We’ve achieved them by always playing our football, always on the move. The strength of the group? We’ve been able to give them character and mental strength. We are now the Champions of Italy, Forza Milan!”
“We have to applaud the kids, the staff, Mr. Lupi. They have earned this Scudetto and they went past big teams. We collect this fruit and thank all the boys, those who played a lot and also those who played little,” the head of Milan Youth Sector Filippo Galli told reporters at the end of the match.
Allievi U16 captain, Daniel Culotta, said: “I still don’t believe we are the champions of Italy. We never stopped playing our football. We did well in this competition and the result has come. I felt some pain before the match? I didn’t want to miss it, I didn’t feel pain anymore on the pitch. They came back to 3-2? After the 3-0 we lowered the tempo and paid for it, we recovered well in the 2nd half.”
“It’s great to go straight to the end, it’s a shame we dropped the tempo a bit but everything went well, thankfully,” Maldini said right after the final whistle on Friday afternoon. “I still haven’t realized it, I don’t understand it… we are the champions of Italy! I still haven’t heard from my father.”
🎶 Campeones! Campeones! 🎶 🏆🇮🇹
La festa rossonera continua anche negli spogliatoi! ❤⚫ pic.twitter.com/dgLYh1qTn7
— ACMilan Youth Sector (@acmilanyouth) June 23, 2017
Goals: Tonin (1′, 80′), Basani (18′), Haidara (23′, 85′), Riccardi (30′), Barbarossa (46′).
A.S. Roma (4-3-3) – Alessandro Rubinacci
Matteo Cardinali; Stefano Parodi (76′, Flavio Bucri), Alessio Santese, Francesco Laurenzi, Francesco Semeraro (68′ Riccardo Calafiori), Alessio Riccardi (68′ Pier Luigi Simonetti), Luca Chierico (4′ Gianmarco Meo), Jean Freddi Pascal Greco; Mory Bamba (68′ Andrea Silipo), Alessandro Barbarossa, Gianmarco Cangiano (68′ Ethan Eugene Bouah).
Unused: Giuliani, Carruolo, Cataldi R.
AC Milan (4-3-1-2) – Alessandro Lupi
Matteo Soncin; Alberto Barazzetta, Tommaso Merletti, Daniel Culotta, Gabriele Basani; Marco Romano Frigerio, Alessio Brambilla, Alessandro Sala; Siaka Haidara; Daniel Maldini (67′ Giacomo Olzer), Riccardo Tonin.
Unused: Zanellato, Viganò, Brusa, Cretti, Capone, Colombo, Corti, Bruni.
Referee: Sajmir Kumara.