Primavera Round-Up 2012/13: Week 18
The title definitely looks to be on its way to Turin now after first bested second when Juventus took on Fiorentina in a top of the table clash.
A Simone Padovan double secured victory for the Bianconeri as the Viola slid to third in the table and nine points behind the leaders.
Their position has been usurped by Juventus’ other rivals Torino who rose to second thanks to a 2-0 victory away to Grosseto.
As a result of that defeat, Grosseto look doomed at the foot of the table having fell seven points behind Cagliari, who lost 2-1 at home against Parma.
Livorno moved ahead of the Rossoblu on goal difference thanks to their 3-1 win away against Sampdoria with Tommaso Biasci scoring a hat-trick.
Empoli missed out on the chance to really close the gap on Fiorentina by drawing 1-1 against Spezia at home.
In Group B too, the championship looks most likely to end up in Bergamo at the end of the year as Atalanta maintained their seven point lead at the top with a win over Bologna.
Three goals in the final 25 minutes helped La Dea to a 3-1 win while second-placed Inter triumphed against Varese, Niccolo Belloni getting the only goal of the game.
Udinese and Sassuolo drew 1-1 in Udine while Chievo and AC Milan are locked level in third place after the Rossoneri capitalised on Chievo’s 1-1 draw against Hellas Verona in a game they should have won.
Simone Ganz scored twice for the Diavolo to put them on their way to a thrilling 3-2 victory away against Brescia.
In the final game of that group over the weekend, Cesena saw off the threat of Padova, winning 2-1 at home.
Napoli reclaimed their spot at the summit of Group C after a Catania slip-up allowed them to take full advantage and move back into pole position.
The Partenopei won in a very tense encounter away to Bari as Roberto Insigne’s 15th goal of the season allowed them to leave with a narrow 1-0 win.
Catania though slipped up in the capital by drawing 1-1 against Lazio which they only secured through a late goal from Fabio Aveni.
The Biancocelesti themselves sit just five points off the top, as do Palermo who beat bottom club Virtus Lanciano 1-0 through a goal from a man you may be familiar with, Fabrizio Miccoli, playing while he recovers from injury.
Roma kept their slim title hopes alive with a 2-0 win against Ascoli away from home with Matteo Ricci and Claudiu Bumba getting on the scoresheet.
Juve Stabia picked up a big win when they easily dispatched Pescara 4-1, Ciro Favetta moving into third place in the scoring standings thanks to his brace.
Vicenza beat Reggina 1-0 in the early kick-off while Ternana and Crotone played out a 1-1 draw in the final group games.