The Primavera have emerged defeated from their third UEFA Youth League game after an imperious performance from Real Madrid saw the Spaniards run out 6-2 winners, but the Juve youngsters’ hopes of qualifying for the last-16 are far from lost.
The Bianconeri faced the difficult position of being three goals down before half-time, and although they did make a brief recovery thanks to strikes from Sergio Buenacasa Alba and Alhassane Soumah after the break, in the end Los Blancos put the game to bed with ruthless efficiency.
With FC Copenhagen picking up a 1-0 win away at Galatasaray, it is a defeat which means that Andrea Zanchetta’s side are now behind Real and the Danes on a day of big changes in the Group B table.
Juventus went into the game after a three-week break in the domestic league championship, but they began brightly, and Buenacasa almost put them in front with a header from a corner.
After that, though, Juve began to come under increasingly heavy pressure, and Juan Jose Narvaez broke the deadlock with 15 minutes played.
The striker soon made it two with a shot that left Bianconeri goalkeeper Leonardo Citti with little chance, before Real defender Francisco Jose Rodriguez ensured his team went into half-time with a comfortable lead.
Zanchetta introduced some fresh legs after the break, bringing on Luca Barlocco, Marco Di Benedetto and Soumah, and although Narvaez extended Los Blancos’ lead with a 52nd minute goal, the Juve coach’s changes started to have their desired effect soon afterwards.
Buenacasa Alba scored a memorable debut goal with 75 minutes played, and Soumah reduced the gap once more just three minutes later.
But it was to no avail, as Real put an end to Bianconeri hopes through Javier Munoz Jimenez and a cruel final blow: a penalty from the outstanding Narvaez.
Now Zanchetta’s youngsters will immediately turn their attentions to their next two European matches against Real Madrid and FC Copenhagen on Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 27 November respectively. Juve can look forward to playing in front of a passionate home crowd for those two challenges, since both opponents will be travelling to Ivrea.