Capogna secures win on De Luca debut
Riccardo Capogna scored a brace as Pro Sesto celebrated all three points on manager Giovanni De Luca’s managerial debut.
De Luca’s reign as Pro Sesto’s new manager got off to a bad start when the opponents Pro Patria scored within the first two minutes thanks to a close range shot from Davide Castelli.
However, experienced striker Riccardo Capogna wasted no time in levelling the scores just one minute later, seizing on a crucial mistake by Lorenzo Saporetti to equalise against Del Favero.
It was only in the 25th minute when Riccardo Capogna scored what turned out to be the winning goal with a placed shot into the bottom right corner of Pro Patria’s net.
Things went from bad to worse for the visitors at Stade Breda when Pro Patria’s striker Mohamed Amine Chakir was given a straight red for a bad tackle on new signing Amadou Diambo.
Post-game medical reports have since ruled out the Ghanaian midfielder for over two months with a leg injury following the tackle, just four weeks after becoming Giovanni De Luca’s first and only signing for the club.
Speaking after the game, De Luca spoke to the press: “I thought that we were very impressive. We worked hard all preseason to get to a stage where we were fairly comfortable with what our game plan is and although we took an early hit with their goal, we brought it back and held out very well.
“I’m very happy for Riccardo as I know with any striker, it’s a great feeling to get off the mark for the season so early and hopefully we can see more of the same all through this campaign.”
Speaking of Diambo’s injury, De Luca continued: “We are absolutely devastated that Amadou will be out of action so soon after joining us. He has been great in preseason and in training and he is a huge loss. We look forward to him coming back but we will have to make some changes to compensate for the loss in midfield.”
Pro Sesto took 1st place in Serie C Girone A as they were the first team in the league to start the new season, with all remaining 18 teams to play tomorrow.
James: It was generally good to get a warmup in preseason against some clearly competitive sides. As for signings, I think you might be out of luck if you're wanting anymore