Round 10 of this season’s primavera competition took place over the weekend with a number of players making their way back to fitness having an impact on their respective youth sides.
Fiorentina’s 2-1 away victory over Novara gave the Viola a six point lead at the top of group A, while their hosts slipped to third place. An 85th minute winning goal from Federico Bernardeschi was all that separated the two sides.
Genoa and Empoli also slipped places as they both drew 1-1 with Spezia and Cagliari respectively .
Elsewhere, Siena were narrowly defeated 1-0 at home to Juventus thanks to solitary goal from the forgotten man of Italian football, Simone Pepe.
Sampdoria secured a 2-1 win over bottom placed Grosseto, and Livorno climbed three places after their impressive 3-1 victory over Parma. Angelo Palombo featured and scored for Doria as he fights to regain his fitness before his return the the senior side.
Group B’s runaway leaders Atalanta further extended their lead at the top of the table to six points after a comfortable 3-0 win over Varese. La Dea put the game to bed after Doudou Mangni scored the third goal with the game only 25 minutes old.
Second placed Internazionale only managed a goalless draw with Modena.
Cheivo failed to capitalise on Inter’s misfortune as they were destroyed 3-0 away to Cesena. The Flying Donkeys’ cause was not helped by Kevin Magri’s dismissal three minutes into the second half.
Bologna showed they are more than capable with keeping up with the chasing pack after their fantastic 4-1 away win over Udinese. Two first half goals from the highly rated Riccardo Benatti put the vistors in full control and they remained so for the rest of the game.
Another team that picked up an impresive win on the road was Brescia as they beat Sassuolo 3-0, while bottom placed Verona achieved a hard earned point as they draw 1-1 with Padova
Cittadella’s poor form continued with a 4-2 thumping at home to an AC Milan side that have steadily climbed up the table over the past couple of rounds.
In Group C, Napoli continued their rein at the top with a 2-1 away win over Virtus Lanciano. Roberto Insigne continued in his quest to emerge from his older brother’s shadow with a sublime individual goal.
Second placed Lazio shared the spoils of a 2-2 draw with Roma in the Rome derby. In keeping with their senior side the Giallorossi threw away a 1-0 lead, fortunately for them Jonathan Lucca rescued a point from the game with a last minute strike.
Palermo slipped outside of the top three after they fell 2-1 at home to the hands of Ascoli, the victory for the Picchio also puts them a single point behind the Sicilians in fifth spot.
Catania rose to sixth after they swapped places with Reggina after their 2-1 victory over the Amaranto
While seventh placed Juve Stabia were defeated 3-2 at home by Crotone
Finally, ninth placed Vicenza 2-1 away win over Ternana made sure their hosts remaind bottom of the table