The Nerazzurri overwhelmed by the Catalans: the absences and the second half played in 10 do not justify the collapse of the team
Nightmare afternoon for Inter Primavera: Chivu’s boys are literally overwhelmed by Barcelona, which imposes itself with a tennis 1-6. Heavy blow for the Nerazzurri, never in the game and outclassed in every respect by the avevrsari. The many defections and the numerical inferiority of the second half only partially justify the debacle of Fontanarosa and companions. Barcelona took the lead after 5 minutes: corner kick from the right, Riad cut off all alone in the middle of the area and bags. Fifteen minutes later, the script repeats itself: this time a corner from the left, a header from Fernandez (the other central defender) and a doubling of Blaugrana. At the end of the first fraction Stante holds Barberà, the referee expels him and concedes a penalty kick, which Barberà himself realizes.
In the second half the music does not change: Inter, in 10 against 11 and with morale under their heels, never manages to react, and the Catalans in the final spread. Barberà scores a brace, Unai scores the fifth goal, Paz closes the score. When the time is up, Fontanarosa makes no mistake from 11 meters and makes the passive less wide. Of note is the absolute debut with the Nerazzurri Primavera of the Irishman Kevin Zefi, who shows some light in the general darkness.
Third day of group C of the Youth League: Cristian Chivu’s Inter, still without victories in the league but first and undefeated in Europe, host Barcelona at the Breda stadium in Sesto San Giovanni. The Nerazzurri, orphans of Carboni, Zanotti and Botis (called up to the First Team), take the field with an unprecedented 3-5-2 (according to the official list): in front of Calligaris the trio composed of Martini, Stante and Fontanarosa, in Bonavita control room with Andersen and Kamate at his sides, on the flanks Owusu on the right and Pelamatti on the left. Forward the Esposito-Curatolo tandem, with Zefi initially on the bench. Kick-off at 16.
The official line-ups of Inter v Barcelona:
INTER (3-5-2): 1 Calligaris, 16 Martini, 2 Stante, 6 Fontanarosa (C); 10 Owusu, 7 Andersen, 4 Bonavita, 8 Kamate, 3 Pelamatti; 9 Esposito, 20 Curatolo. Available: 21 Suffice it,5 Stankovic, 11 Zefi, 13 Stabile, 14 Di Maggio, 15 Perin, 18 Sarr. Trainer: Cristian Chivu
BARCELONA (4-3-3): 1 Astralaga; 2 Fort, 3 Fernandez, 4 Riad, 5 Valle; 8 Garrido (C), 6 G. Hernandez, 10 U. Hernández; 7 Akhomach, 9 Barberá, 11 Alarcón. Available: 13 Nono, 12 Vicens, 14 Cantero, 15 Dani Rodriguez, 16 Yamal, 17 Cuevas, 18 Guiu Paz. Trainer: Óscar López
October 4, 2022 (change October 4, 2022 | 18:21)
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