Juventus’ Primavera staged a stunning comeback in the final moments of their match against Livorno to seal the win that sees them move to the top of the table for the first time this season.
After falling behind just after the hour-mark, the Bianconeri trailed until the 83rd minute when Nicolò Pozzebon scored the first of a late brace, which he would complete in the 91st to help his side gain maximum points for the fourth game in a row.
Although all the goals were netted in the second half, there were clear-cut opportunities to break the deadlock during a first period in which the visitors were not afraid to play a more attacking brand of football than previous teams that had turned up in Vinovo, where Fabio Grosso’s men maintain a 100% winning record.
After a couple of chances for the Tuscan outfit, Pozzebon found himself in a one-on-one situation with goalkeeper Guido Pulidori, who did well to block the striker’s shot, and the match remained goalless at half-time.
In the 62nd minute, however, the visitors would be rewarded for their enterprise when Samuele Buselli fired in from a corner.
Grosso’s men were left with the unusual task of chasing a game in front of their home supporters, as Roman Macek and Pozzebon both came close to drawing level, but to no avail.
With seven minutes remaining, Guido Vadalà produced a moment of skill in the build-up to Pozzebon’s equaliser, the 18-year-old registering his eighth strike of the season to give the hosts renewed hope of pulling off a famous fightback.
The goal sparked a frenzied finale which saw Vadalà very nearly find the winner himself just two minutes later.
With the match entering injury time, it seemed that the hosts would have to settle for a point and thus miss the opportunity of leapfrogging Virtus Entella into first place, after they were held to a draw by Torino.
But in the 91st minute, Pozzebon showed just why he is one of the division’s deadliest forwards by notching his ninth of the campaign to send his side top of the table.
Speaking after the final whistle, Grosso said: “It’s a fantastic result in terms of our league position, even if we can play better than we did today.
“Now we’re all focused on Tuesday’s match against Sevilla. We all want to progress in an exciting and prestigious competition like the Youth League. It will be a tough match, but we’re ready for it.”