U19s open league campaign with big away win at Atalanta



Fiorentina Primavera kicked off the inaugural Primavera 1 championship with an impressive away victory at Atalanta on Saturday.

Second-half goals by Josip Maganjic and Riccardo Sottil proved decisive as the hosts were guilty of squandering a hatful of chances over the 90 minutes.

Last year's runners-up – playing their first competitive match under new coach Emiliano Bigica – thus got their first three points on the board of the revamped U19 league.

This season, the 16 highest-ranked clubs from the three old groups were brought together in a single division. Three teams will be relegated at the end of the campaign, with four going into the finals to determine the Scudetto winner.

After the game Bigica admitted his side were slow off the mark but ultimately deserved the win thanks to their second-half performance – and a touch of luck.

“We got our approach wrong in the first half and that's something we need to work on but we saw the real Fiorentina in the second half,” the coach told Raisport.

“We took our chances well and got the rub of the green a couple of times too, with Cerofolini producing a fine goalkeeping display.

“I'm delighted to get three points on my debut. I never imagined we could come away with a result like this from such a tough ground.”

Atalanta 0-2 Fiorentina (HT 0-0)
Scorers: Maganjic 61 (F), Sottil 81 (F).

Atalanta: Carnesecchi, Del Prato, Migliorelli, Bolis (Peli 87), Alari, Bastoni, Elia, Melegoni (Chiossi 13), Barrow, Mallamo, Kulusevski (Nivokazi 79).
Subs not used: Vidovsek, Salvi, Heidenreich, Carminati, Zanoni, Chiossi, Rinaldi, Rizzo Pinna, Colpani, Peli, Zortea, Nivokazi.
Coach: Brambilla.

Fiorentina: Cerofolini, Mosti (Ferrarini 71), Ranieri, Illanes, Lakti, Hristov, Sottil, Diakhatè, Gori, Maganjic (Marozzi 90), Kasse (Faye 74).
Subs not used: Ghidotti, Ferrarini, Simonti, Faye, Toure, Marozzi, Meli, Longo, Nannelli.
Coach: Bigica.

Booked: Mosti (F), Chiossi (A), Hristov (F), Del Prato (A), Lakti (F).

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