A Defining Goal against Mighty Inter Milan: Juwara, the 18-year-old Gambian Storming the Serie A

He gatecrashed the limelight in a flash. The venue was the Stade Milano were teams are slaughtered. But on this occasion, the hosts were flatten in their slaughter-house and mercifully, there were no fans thanks to the ongoing stadium supporter ban over the coronavirus.

Chances are the times younger players seize to force a way into the thinking of a coach and Gambia’s Musa Juwara clutched it with both hands when offered it.

Coming on as replacement for teammate and player-maker Nicola Sansone, Musa Juwara -not related to countryman and teammate Musa Barrow – will come on tasked with helping cement a damage limitation tactical approach as Bologna tried stopping Inter Milan from scoring further.

Photo: Juwara packing the equalising goal

The Internationale were in the driving seat via a Romelu Lukaku’s goal, plundered in the 22nd minute.

Bologna were the underdogs in run up to proceedings unfolding but posed a threat to any side Milan included, never mind the enterprising Lukaku leading their line.

The erstwhile European champions had a chance to put the game beyond their visitors’ reach after referee Paireto had ordered a spot-kick following the bundling down of an Inter player in the opposition box.

Javier Martinez stepped onto the plate but had his effort wasted as Bologn’a Skrorupuski saved the Argentine’s effort along with Gargliardini’s resultant rebound.

Photo: Juwara celebrates his goal

When Juwara indeed got his chance as a 65th minute new entrant, he would dash around in midfield prior to landing golden opportunity of boomeranging in the equalising goal for his club. The Gambian waited for a rebound from inside the box unmarked to rifle in a thunderbolt that slid through the hands of the Milan net-minder.

Replays show Inter’s Handanovic got a slight touch of the ball but couldn’t keep it out as the 18-year-old ran to skate on knees in celebration.

Trouble was simmering this time as a ten-man Bologna got emboldened. It was Juwara headling things again, forcing Bastoni into accumulating a second yellow card for what appeared a rash challenge. The Job was done, sealed and delivered by this period as time wore on and it was compatriot Musa Barrow’s moment to show the stuff he is made of.

Photo: Musa Barrow celebrates after scoring the winning goal

The Scorpion striker beat the the defenders to slot in a low left-footed strike past the keeper for his sixth goal of the season in eleven games.

The lesson to learn, if any, is the teenager from Gambia, Juwara, has laid a solid case for gaffer Mihajlovic to finally start him when they host Sassulo next week Wednesday

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