Finish on a high note. Bruno Irles' kids defeated Inter Milan, coached by Benoît Cauet (1-0) on Sunday at the Stade Louis II, in the final match of the Monaco Youth Cup U17. The irrepressible Guévin Tormin gave his side victory in the final seconds with a great left-foot strike.
Despite dominating much of the first half, the Italian side missed a penalty. Young ASM 'keeper Loïc Badiashile was the hero with a number of impressive saves throughout, on his way to being named Goalkeeper of the Tournament.
The Academy - an integral part of the Monaco project
Rennes, who defeated Standard Liège (3-2) earlier in the day, took out the competition. Monaco finished second with the Belgian side third, ahead of the Italian side. "It was a great pleasure to welcome these sides to the Stade Louis II. You all showed some quality football and a fantastic spirit," declared Vadim Vasilyev, in his closing speech at the awards ceremony.
Souleymane Camara, assistant director of the Academy, thanked the vice president for his presence. "The presence of Mr Vasilyev here follows on from the words of the president, that the Academy is an integral part of the AS Monaco FC project. We can see the backing to continue working well. We are very happy that they have such a commitment to the youth academy.We wanted tomeasure ourselves against another football, foreign sides that we don't usually play and we have done that," he concluded.
Monaco Youth Cup U17 2014:
AS Monaco FC 2-3 Stade Rennais
Standard de Liège 1-0 Inter-Milan
AS Monaco FC 3-1 Standard de Liège
Inter-Milan 0-1 Stade Rennais
Stade Rennais 3-2 Standard de Liège
AS Monaco FC 1-0 Inter-Milan