BATTLING WIN

(IN THE PHOTO: the starting line-up from the cup match against Sassuolo) 
MILAN – The club’s youth sector side, the Primavera, battled back from a goal down to beat Cesena 3-1 on Saturday afternoon in their league match at the Vismara Training Centre.  The first-half was an even affair and ended goalless. The rossoneri had appeals for a penalty waved away by the referee on 16 minutes when Felicioli was brought down in the area for a push from behind. Mastour, fresh from his wonder goal in the cup win against Sassuolo earlier this week, was in the starting eleven and just after the half hour mark set up Calabria with a lovely little flick out on the left, but the rossoneri were unable to finish off the move.Moments before half-time the rossoneri thought they had found the breakthrough as Modic came agonisingly close with his shot which went inches wide of the post. After the break, Modic was involved again as he fired a curling right foot shot which sent the Cesena goalkeeper into a flying save.Despite Milan's efforts, Moncini gave the away side the lead with just over 20 minutes to go and minutes later Cesena came close to doubling their lead and hit the crossbar through Valzania.In an effort to turn the tide in their favour, Cristian Brocchi brought on Fabbro on 75 minutes and it proved to be an inspired substitution. Within one minute, Fabbro was involved in the equaliser providing a perfect assist for Vassallo who scored from close range.Less than 10 minutes later, Fabbro went from provider to goalscoer, heading home Mastour’s cross for a 2-1 lead. On 87 minutes Milan opened up a 2 goal cushion and in doing so wrapped up the win. Turano provided the assist and Vassallo made no mistakes to head the ball past the Cesena shot-stopper and complete his brace. The rossoneri youngsters showed grit, determination and heart right the way until the very end. It rounds off an excellent week for Cristian Brocchi’s side after they qualified for the next round of the Youth TIM Cup on Wednesday by beating Sassuolo. Milan maintain second place in the league table and face Cagliari on Wednesday. 
This is how the two sides lined-up for the match: MILAN: Livieri; Turano, Calabria, De Santis, Modic, Bordi, Mastalli, Locatelli, Vido, Mastour, Felicioli. Subs: Aiolfi, Derosa, Maldini, Gamarra, Bonanni, Lo, Papasodaro, Vassallo, Fabbro, Meleleo. Coach Cristian BrocchiCESENA: Iglio; Zamagni, Fabbri, Gaiola, Venturini, Saporetti, Dalmonte, Yabre, Moncini, Valzania, Mordini. Subs: Carroli, Magrini, Gabrielli, Pompei, Gasperi, Pierfederici, Ferretti, Severini, Raffini. Coach Giuseppe Angelini