While a lot of the attention was naturally on what happened at San Siro in the game between AC Milan and Newcastle, around 12km away Francesco Camarda made headlines earlier in the day.
La Gazzetta dello Sport (seen below) recall that halfway through the first half of the first UEFA Youth League group stage game at the PUMA House of Football, two Newcastle fans turned with curious eyes and asked: “How old is AC Milan’s number 9?”
When the answer ’15’ came, the two looked at each other with dazed looks and searched his name, discovering that it’s not untrue. Francesco Camarda knocked out the English side with a brace in his first start for the Primavera.
Igaznio Abate’s side rode the goals of the young Italian but also the contributions of Chaka Traorè and Kevin Zeroli en route to a 4-0 victory.
Camarda has been known as the ‘bomber of the future’ for years. Thanks to the 500+ goals scored in the Rossoneri youth teams, from 7-a-side football to the Primavera, he developed a reputation as being destined for greatness.
Yesterday proved that those whispers he can become something more. The first goal came from a penalty, the second was a brilliant run and finish with composure, his second and third goals of the season.
He also put in some defensive work rate and pressed hard, earning praise from Abate on the sidelines: “Well done Franci, like that! Go!”
At Milanello they protect him, but it is hard not to get excited when Camarda – at 15 years and 195 days old – became the youngest Italian to score in the tournament.