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Emmers goal pushes Inter Primavera over Bologna

Nerazzurri get win despite playing with 10 men late.

FC Internazionale U19 v AS Roma U19 - Primavera SuperCup Photo by Marco Luzzani/Inter via Getty Images

A goal by Xian Emmers in the 84th minute gave Inter Milan’s Primavera a 2-1 win over Bologna in league play at Sesto San Giovanni.

The win came after the Nerazzurri earned a 2-1 win over A.S. Roma in the Supercoppa last week and placed Inter into a tie with Atalanta atop the league standings.

”We knew it would be a difficult game,” Inter Primavera coach Stefano Vecchi told Inter TV. “We’ve come off the back of a week where we had to get over our mental and physical fatigue from the Supercoppa. We weren’t at our best, so it’s a win that’s worth more than three points.”

It was Nicolo Zaniolo that put Inter on the board first with a blast past Bologna goalkeeper Federico Ravaglia in the 6th minute.

Zaniolo seemed to double the lead later in the first half, but he was whistled offside.

Bologna only tested the Nerazzurri defense once in the half when Michael Kingsley nearly put a Manuel Lombardoni deflection in the back of the net, but Kingsley’s delivery went wide of Marco Pissardo.

In the second half, the Nerazzurri were dealt a blow when the referee sent off Pissardo in the 48th minute for a challenge on winger Emiliano Pattarello. That brought in Vladan Dekic in to mind the net for Inter while Thomas Schiro was taken off for Pissardo’s foul, leaving Inter with just 10 men.

Bologna capitalized in the 71st minute when Felipe Avenatti found the back of the net off a cross from Juan Manuel Valencia.

But, 13 minutes later, Emmers put Inter on top for good with a blast from distance.

”We did well to keep playing right to the end because anything could have happened,” Vecchi said. “We got what we deserved thanks to our desire and spirit. The boys were brilliant because that Bologna team has physicality and plays good football.”