Kings of Europe! Inter Milan beat Ajax to win inaugural NextGen final
15:58 GMT, 25 March 2012
Inter Milan were crowned NextGen Series champions after beating Ajax at Leyton Orient's ground.
After the two sides could not be separated, the Italians held their nerve in the penalty shootout to emerge victorious in what has been billed as the Champions League for kids.
Italian job: Inter Milan's players celebrate their victory at Leyton Orient
Tussle: Samuele Longo (left) and Sven Niewpoort battle for the ball
There were 2,500 fans at the Matchroom Stadium to witness upcoming talent who could turn into the stars of tomorrow.
Samuele Longo fired Inter in front in the first half when his effort from Daniel Bessa's pass crept inside the post past Ajax goalkeeper Mickey van der Hart.
But Ajax – who beat Liverpool in the semi-finals – levelled shortly after the break when Stefane Denswil lashed a 30-yard free-kick into the net.
The teams were still level after 120 minutes, so the match was decided by penalties. Inter keeper Rafaelle Di Gennaro was the hero thanks to his saves from Joel Veltman and Nick de Bondt. Longo fired home the winning penalty.
Watching on: Inter president Massimo Moratti was in the crowd