Surprises in the quarter-finals: the Belgians stop the Nerazzurri's race, the Emilian make four of them the viola and fly in
The quarter-finals of the Viareggio Cup, which really goes live giving surprising results in defining the framework of the magnificent four that will be played in the semi-finals. Inter sees the possibility of the trio of consecutive successes fade away, beaten by the Bruges that after eliminating Milan gives another sorrow to the Milanese football. Parma strike, which makes four of them to Fiorentina and takes the semifinal for the second year in a row. Bologna on Braga, Genoa qualified after the penalty shoot-out with Berekum Chelsea.
BATTOSTA INTER - The first quarter-final immediately gives an "upset": the reigning bi-champions greet the tournament, falling under the blows of a Bruges that inflicts a harsh lesson to the Nerazzurri. That the afternoon was not good for Inter, he understood after just 5 'of the race: the unfortunate diversion of Grassini deceives Pozzer and throws ahead the Belgians, who at 34' are saved by a miraculous rejection of goalkeeper Lammens on Mulattieri's close touch . Pozzer imitates his colleague in the final of the first half, keeping alive the hopes that fall definitively under the blows of Appiah and De Wolf, who in the final certify the qualification of Bruges (again in the semifinals after the one lost with Empoli in 2017) and sanction the elimination of Inter.
PARMA COMPANY - But there is another underdog that cuts the ticket for the semi-finals, repeating the result achieved last year. Parma signs the feat against Fiorentina, among the favorites of the eve and victorious against Torino in the quarter-finals, and flies among the best four dragged by the 2002 class Camara, spearhead of a team that now dreams big. In Carrara the match is beautiful: they unblock the Emilian team at the start with a pearl of Tardivo, the Tuscans equalize at the dawn of the recovery with the incursion of the full-back Ferrarini, after a first half with many occasions on both sides. To have more, but they are the gialloblù: Camara paves the way with a jewel on a free kick and sets the trio that definitively directs the match, before Chiacchio's fourth goal that makes the party for Mr. Catalano's boys explode. Fiorentina, on the other hand, chews bitterly, once again having to postpone the appointment with a trophy that seemed to be within reach.
AVANZANO BOLOGNA AND GENOA - Bologna is the second Italian to qualify for the tournament semifinals. A journey of applause also for the rossoblùs, who have overtaken the Portuguese of Braga at the end of a balanced and decisive race with a twist in the final. Coach Troise's team came close to taking the lead on three occasions in the first half, before shaking in the half-hour with a shot from Soares. At 85 ', however, Bologna found the winning blow with the newly entered Cossalter, good at reiterating on the net after the crossbar struck by Nivokazi. Rossoblù who will face Bruges in one of the two semi-finals on Monday afternoon. The framework of the semi-finals is completed by Genoa, which needs penalties to get the better of the Ghanaians of Berekum Chelsea. The Ligurians have unlocked the match with a penalty by Bianchi, wasting many chances to close the qualifying discussion. At 93 ', then, came the cold shower of Attaquaye's goal, which at the end signed the tie using an inattention of the rossoblù defense. Mr. Sabatini's team avoided the mockery by taking the semi-final on penalties: perfect the Genoa shooters, the goalkeeper Raccichini, who rejected Alhassan's and Attaquaye's own conclusions, was amazing. On Monday, with Parma, a historic final will be up for grabs.