In a scorching weather on a Sunday morning (30’C intensified by the artificial turf of Santantimo), SSC Napoli Primavera made their debut at home in the Campionato Nazionale Primavera against Simone Inzaghi’s Lazio.
Saurini gave Frank Liivak a start in the 4-3-3 formation as left striker in the trident with Persano (new signing) and Bifulco.
It was the latter to open the score on 3’ minutes. The Lazio defence committed a mistake leaving the number 7 on a one-on-one with the De Angelis and the goal was an easy job for the 1997-born.
After the lead, Napoli lowered the rhythm allowing Lazio to take control of the game. The ‘Biancocelesti’ (today in an unreleased claret jersey) had few chances with Manoni and Polombi, however lack of aim or Contini’s skills prevented the guests to pull level.
A good game in first half also for Liivak.
He was not really in the middle of the action (often overlapped by left full-back Anastasio) however he had a couple of good chances both in the finishing and in the assisting part.
On 36’ minutes he could have made 2-0 when he was picked out on the edge of the Lazio box. His ball control with the left foot allowed him to find himself in favourable position, however his shot went incredibly off target with De Angelis at his mercy (minute 8:02 in the video below)
Five minutes later, he sent a through ball to Persano. However, the former Lecce Primavera striker was picked up in offside (dubious looking at the footage - minute 8:27 in the video below).
On injury time, captain Palmiero managed to make 2-0 just thirty seconds before the half-time whistle.
Notwithstanding his good performance in first half, Saurini opted to replace Frank on 9' minutes into second half with the other new signing from Lecce, Cicerello. Liivak's good display was also underlined by one of the match commentators, former Juventus and Hellas Verona striker Giuseppe Galderisi.
In a pre-match interview, Saurini talked also about Frank Liivak as being the only foreign player in the squad, an exception to the rule of enrolling youth from Campania and Southern Italy. During season preparation, Napoli tested the young Polish striker, Pawel Krauz but decided not to sign him at the end of the camp in Trentino.
SS Lazio pulled one back in the dying minutes of the game however it was not enough for the comeback.