19 September 2023


Goals from Traorè, a brace from Camarda and Zeroli: Abate's side win their Youth League opener

After three league wins, AC Milan's Primavera side have also come out on top in their first European game of the season. Following last season's historic run to the semi-finals, the young Rossoneri beat Newcastle 4-0 to kick off their 2023/24 UEFA Youth League campaign in the best possible way. This afternoon at the PUMA House of Football, several players from Abate's side got on the scoresheet: Chaka Traorè, Kevin Zeroli and a brace from Francesco Camarda, on his first start of the season. The match was more or less settled within the opening 30', with AC Milan racing into a three-goal lead and coming close to a fourth.

High praise too for Filippo Scotti for his two assists and all-round performance; he was a real thorn all afternoon in the English side's defence on the right flank. In front of a packed house at the Rossoneri's home ground, AC Milan put in a fine performance, passing this test of maturity in what has been a perfect start to the season. They now face several big challenges in the following weeks: their next European fixture is away to Borussia Dortmund at the start of October, but before then they host a heavyweight Primavera clash, with Juventus coming to the PUMA House of Football on Saturday.


Abate's side dominated possession at the start of the game, and threatened on 7' through Magni's cross, but Camardi headed just wide. We found the lead after 16 minutes: Scotti on the right played in a low cross, and Traorè timed his run to perfection to run onto the ball and place it home into the back of the net from close range. The goal got AC Milan's steam up and the second came soon after when Camarda coolly tucked away a penalty past Harrison. Everything comes in threes, as the rule says, and after 26 minutes the third goal came: Scotti, once again, slipping in Camarda, again, for 3-0. The Rossoneri number 9 should have got a hat-trick, but his lob fell just behind. The visitors spurned a great chance to get back into the game after 35 minutes through Parkinson, but he was kept out by Bartoccioni. The last pieces of action came from Victor on 37' (free-kick) and 44' (left-foot hit from 25 yards), but without success.

A triple change was made at the break - with Jiménez, Parmiggiani and Perrucci coming on - and it was the latter who had a good chance for the Rossoneri on 49', but an onrushing Harrison did well to put him off. Traorè's free-kick just missed the target on 53' and Magni produced a fine run with his right on 65', but his effort went just over. The visitors threatened on 68' with Parkinson coming close from a corner. The rhythm of the game dropped, but 75 minutes in, the Rossoneri found their fourth of the afternoon, with captain Zeroli slotting home from the penalty spot. In the closing stages, Sia had a wonderful chance, but his right-footed shot went behind. Four minutes of injury-time ended the game, and it finished 4-0 to AC Milan!



AC MILAN (4-2-3-1): Bartoccioni; Bakoune (46' Jiménez), Simić (46' Parmiggiani), Nsiala, Magni; Victor (46' Perrucci), Stalmach; Scotti (70' Sia), Zeroli, Traorè (66' Cuenca); Camarda. Subs: Ravèyre; Malaspina. Coach: Abate.

NEWCASTLE (4-4-2): Harrison; Thompson (60' Powell), Heffernan, McArthur, Charlton (46' Bryant); Emerson, Hernes (72' Stanton), Miley, Huntley (60' Munda); Parkinson, Donaldson (60' Neave). Subs: Janusz; Craggs. Coach: Dawson.

Referee: Ebner (Austria).
Goals: 16' Traorè (M), 20' pen. and 26' Camarda (M), 75' pen. Zeroli (M).
Booked: 54' Zeroli (M), 66' Huntley (N), 74' Powell (N), 90'+2 McArthur (N).

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