Inter striker Sebastiano Esposito choked back tears as he described his debut Serie A goal at San Siro and dedicated it to his mother in the stands.
This was his first start, aged just 17 years and 172 days, and Romelu Lukaku gave him the penalty in a 4-0 victory over Genoa.
“I just saw my Mum in the stands and the goal is for her. I thank the club, all my teammates and friends,” he told Sky Sport Italia with tears in his voice.
“I won’t deny, I didn’t sleep at all last night. I spent the whole night thinking about what would happen today and I could not have dreamed a more wonderful evening.
“I thank the coach again for giving me this opportunity and I hope to continue like this. All the sacrifices I made are now paying off. I am reaping the rewards of what I sowed growing up, training after school, those sandwiches I had to eat.
“I have a lot of work still to do, of course.”
Romelu Lukaku handed over the penalty when it was only 2-0 and Esposito buried it into the bottom corner to start his Serie A career.
“Romelu is a fantastic person as well as being an extraordinary player. He told me, just go out there, make a decision and hit the ball.”
Esposito was born in July 2002 in Castellammare di Stabia, also known as the home town of Fabio Quagliarella and Gianluigi Donnarumma, among others.
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