Bari’s Francesco Grandolfo: I could not sleep after scoring hat-trick against Bologna

Italian youngster is overjoyed on making a sensational impression on Sunday and thanks his coach for this achievement

Bari teenager Francesco Grandolfo is still over the moon after scoring a sensational hat-trick in his full Serie A debut against Bologna at the weekend.

The 18-year-old netted three times in their 4-0 away victory on Sunday, although the result did not change the fact that Bari will play in Serie B next season.

However, Grandolfo is happy to have made his mark in the Italian top flight and enthused on Il Giorno newspaper: “I couldn’t sleep on Sunday night, as the emotions were just too much for me.

“After the first goal I immediately went to embrace the coach [Bortolo Mutti], as without his help I never could have had this experience.”

Grandolfo’s appearance against Bologna was only his third in the league this campaign and his first start.

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