Sunday March 25 2012
Inter are Euro youth champions!

Inter are the new European youth champions after beating Ajax on penalties in the NextGen Series Final.

Today’s battle was effectively the Champions League at youth level and the Final was played in London.

Ajax got off to a strong start and hit the woodwork with Klaassen, but it was Longo who opened the scoring for Inter’s Primavera side on a Bessa assist.

Straight after the restart Denswil’s free kick got Ajax back on level terms and things got worse when M’Baye saw red for a terrible challenge on Klaassen.

The 10-man Nerazzurri held out in extra time and even hit the crossbar with Crisetig, while Romanò wasted a great chance one-on-one with the goalkeeper.

The Dutch giants poured forward in the second half of extra time, but the woodwork denied both Denswil and Longo.

It went to penalties and Inter emerged 6-3 winners thanks to Di Gennaro’s save on Veltman, as Bessa, Duncan, Alborno, Longo and Crisetig all converted successfully.

The senior Inter squad may be struggling, but the future of the club looks bright.

Ajax 1-1 Inter aet (6-3 on pens)

Scorers: Longo 45 (I), Denswil 48 (A)
Ajax: Van der Hart; Nieuwpoort, Veltman, Denswil, Dijkis; Rits (Hasnaoui 105), Sporkslede, Klaassen; Schoop (Gravenberch 58), De Sa (De Bondt 75), Fischer

Inter: Di Gennaro; Pecorini, Kysela, Spendlhofer, M'Baye; Crisetig, Duncan; Romanò, Bessa, Longo; Livaja (Alborno 75)

Sent off: M’Baye 70 (I)

Ref: Collins