Published On: Mon, Feb 4th, 2013

Primavera Round-Up: Week 17

Juventus strengthened their lead at the top of Group A and their unbeaten run continues while their grip at the top of the league has strengthened.

Again they swept aside the opposition easily, beating Grosseto 3-1 in a game in which Matteo Gerbaudo starred for the Bianconeri while closest challengers Fiorentina slipped up.

Cagliari arrived in Tuscany on Saturday afternoon and left with a point following a 1-1 draw in which the Viola had to come from behind through a Federico Bernardeschi goal.

As a result of that, Torino closed the gap on them to a point after beating Spezia 2-0 away from home, Emmanuel Gyasi and Andrea Cristini getting the goals.

The Derby della Lanterna also took place over the weekend and Sampdoria ran out winners in extremely convincing fashion, thrashing Genoa 4-0.

Allan Blaze, Samuele Ghiglia and a double from Gianluca Astoni, who is being chased by many top clubs, gave the Blucerchiati the bragging rights.

An equally exciting Tuscan derby saw Livorno and Siena draw 2-2 with the Bianconeri battling back after Tomasso Biasci had given the Granata a 2-0 half time lead.

Empoli won 2-1 away from home against Novara while two goals at the end of each half helped Pro Vercelli beat Parma 2-0 on the road.

 

Again in Group B, Chievo spurned the chance to close the gap on Atalanta at the top of the table after La Dea again slipped up but the Gialloblu could not capitalise.

The Orobici drew 2-2 against Modena in a game many expected them to win, Davide Cais again getting a double, while the Flying Donkeys also drew, 1-1 away to Bologna.

Inter closed the gap on Chievo thanks to a thrilling 4-3 win at the Giacinto Faccheti sporting centre over Sassuolo, Luca Garritano getting what proved to be the eventual winner with three minutes remaining.

AC Milan also narrowed the lead by beating Varese 3-1, Simone Ganz with a brace and Ezekiel Henty scoring a sensational solo goal after running from his own box and finishing.

Hellas Verona finally picked up a point by drawing 2-2 against Udinese although will undoubtedly be disappointed that they threw away a two goal lead after 20 minutes.

Cittadella and Cesena’s clash was called off as was Padua’s meeting with Brescia.

 

Just when you thought Group C could be going the way of the others with a dominant leader pulling away, it throws up yet another surprise.

Catania closed in on Napoli after they won 3-0 against Ternana in a brilliant performance while leaders Napoli slipped up by drawing 2-2 at home against Pescara.

Roberto Insigne and Soma Novothny had put them ahead before Francesco Karakalis equalised for the Delfini three minutes into injury time.

Lazio thrashed Juve Stabia 5-1 with an impressive five different scorers getting hitting the back of the net for the Aquile while rivals Roma fell to a 1-0 loss against Vicenza.

Palermo also stayed in touch with the big boys and bounced back from their derby defeat by beating Reggina 4-2 in Calabria and never really looked in trouble.

Crotone picked up a shock 2-1 win against Ascoli at home while there were no surprises that Bari bested Virtus Lanciano with Mario Mercadante scoring twice.

About the Author

Padraig Whelan

- Deputy Editor of Forza Italian Football. Sports journalist with the Dundalk Democrat newspaper, based in Ireland and cover football in a number of places such as The Sun, The Mirror, The Star, The Times and more. You can get in touch with me on Twitter: @PWhelan88.

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