Primavera Round-Up 2012/13: Week 16
The Viola though were hugely impressive themselves this weekend, winning 5-0 on the road against Pro Vercelli.
It was a scintillating display from the Tuscans, inspired once more by Federico Bernardeschi who hit two, although hot on their heels are Torino, just three points behind.
The most successful Primavera club of all time won 2-0 at home against Novara on Saturday afternoon with the help of goals from midfielder Boubakary Diarra and Vittorio Parigni.
Empoli won 2-0 at home in the Tuscan derby against Livorno, Giacomo Risaliti and Ludovico Gargiulo scoring, but Genoa lost ground on them having fell 1-0 at home to Parma.
Like their senior side, Sampdoria picked up an impressive win over the weekend by beating Siena 3-1 away from home, scoring two late goals in quick succession after their hosts had equalised.
Meanwhile, Grosetto continue to look on forlornly from the bottom of the table after they again lost, this time going down 2-1 against high-flying Spezia.
What a weekend it was in Group B for goalscoring as, in the seven games that were played, no fewer than 33 goals rippled the back of the net.
Two of those games featured seven goals alone, one of which was leaders Atalanta’s astonishing 7-0 destruction of Cittadella to keep themselves six points clear of Chievo.
Davide Cais scored twice and single strikes from Andrea Conti, Joakim Olausson, Alberto Grassi, Federico Varano and Daniele Mologni helped them to the big victory.
Luca Veratti and Alessandro Capello both scored twice to help the club to an important win.
Chievo thrashed Varese 4-0 though as they refuse to relinquish their dreams of taking the title with Davide Paruzza scoring an astonishing 13-minute second half hat-trick.
Modena were also handed a heavy defeat as they lost 5-1 away to Udinese, Miguel Medina again scoring and starring and he really is a player worth keeping an eye on.
Bottom club Hellas Verona were also on the end of another debilitating defeat as they sank to a 3-0 loss against Sassuolo, Josue Illouga scoring twice for the hosts.
In the final game, Varese won 2-0 away from home against a Brescia side in a bad run of form at the moment.
In Group C, Napoli and Catania are continuing to fight it out blow for blow like illustrious heavyweight boxers and neither side is falling away as yet.
The Partenopei bested Ascoli 3-1 away from home, Roberto Insigne’s late penalty putting the seal on the victory and leaving the Elefantini with it all to do in the Sicilian derby.
However, they refused to shirk that task and won a thrilling clash away to Palermo 3-2 to stay just one point behind in the standings.
Lazio slipped up in their bid to keep pace with the top two by failing to beat a Ternana side who were down to nine men and two goals down with 10 minutes remaining but somehow rallied to rescue a point.
Rivals Roma won 3-1 against Crotone at home thanks to Marco Frediani’s double and a Matteo Ricci penalty.
Bari and Vicenza played out a 2-2 thriller while second bottom Virtus Lanciano were beaten 4-2 away to Juve Stabia despite going ahead after eight minutes.
Finally, Reggina won well on the road as they triumphed 2-1 over 10-man Pescara.