Primavera Round-Up 2012/13: Week 12
Fiorentina’s lead at the top of Group A was cut to just two points after they fell to a surprising 1-0 defeat away to Torino, inadvertently helping city rivals Juventus, thanks to a Sergiu Suciu strike.
The aforementioned Bianconeri capitalised on this by besting Livorno 2-1 on the road with the winning goal coming from Stefano Padovan’s cool second half penalty kick.
Torino sit third but Genoa and Empoli are both level on points with the Granata following their respective weekend victories.
The Grifoni won on the road as they beat Novara 2-1 while Empoli triumphed in Tuscany over Pro Vercelli but only after Diego Frugoli fired home the winner three minutes into injury time.
Spezia came out on top too with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Parma, Alessio Damiani scoring the crucial goal.
Sampdoria thrashed Cagliari too by four goals to one thanks to a three goal blitz in a 13 minute spell with Samuele Ghiglia grabbing a brace against the Sardinian side.
Bottom club Grosetto were also beaten away from home as Siena won 3-2 with Luigi Canotto scoring twice.
In Group B, Atalanta remain top following a 0-0 draw at home against second placed Chievo and that result means La Dea stay four points clear of the Flying Donkeys.
Inter though have moved level on points with the Verona outfit after they secured a narrow 1-0 win at home over Padova thanks to a goal from hotly-tipped prospect Djumo Bocar.
Sitting two points behind the Nerazzurri are Bologna who played out a thrilling 3-3 draw away against nine-man Sassuolo.
The home side raced into a two goal lead before goalkeeper Simone Perilli was sent off and Riccardo Benatti scored from the spot.
In the second half, Davide Zecchini was ordered off after 13 minutes of play and the Rossoblu quickly turned the game around and went 3-2 ahead before the nine men incredibly equalised in added time through a Nicola Cani goal.
AC Milan and Cesena also attempted to keep pace with the top sides, the Rossoneri winning 1-0 at Udinese through a Mario Piccinocchi goal while Cesena drew 1-1 with Modena.
Varese won on the road again by beating Cittadella 1-0 while bottom club Hellas’ awful run continued as they went down 2-1 at home against Brescia, Isaac N’Tow getting the winner.
Arguably the most exciting division, Group C, took another interesting turn this weekend as table toppers Napoli fell to a 2-1 defeat away to Palermo with the Rosanero striking twice in the final 10 minutes to stun the Vesuviani.
Fellow Sicilian side Catania won 2-0 against Ascoli, Simone Caruso scoring a fine goal for the hosts.
Roma have now moved into second place, albeit level on points with Palermo, after their 1-0 win over Virtus Lanciano thanks to a Fabrizio Carboni strike.
Lazio also kept pace with their city rivals near the summit of the table as they easily beat Vicenza 4-0 in a commanding performance with four different men getting on the score sheet demonstrating the depth in their squad.
At the foot of the table, Ternana continue to toil and they could only manage a 1-1 draw at home to Reggina as Luigi Amico hit the goal that won the three points.
Juve Stabia drew 1-1 against Bari while Pescara and Crotone were involved in a nine goal thriller as the Delfini ran out 6-3 winners.
Cristiano Ingretolli and Simone Saltarin scored doubles for their side as did Davide Leto for Crotone.