Primavera Round-Up 2012/13: Week 18
A Simone Padovan double secured victory for the Bianconeri as the Viola slid to third in the table and nine points behind the leaders.
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.
Empoli missed out on the chance to really close the gap on Fiorentina by drawing 1-1 against Spezia at home.
Taking full advantage of this were Genoa, moved within two points of them thanks to a victory over Pro Vercelli through a Said Ahmed Said strike.
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.
Modena saw off the threat of Cittadella at home by beating them 1-0, Davide Barbaloco getting the only goal of that contest.
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.