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      29.05.2016 18:30 - in: Primavera S

      Primavera overcome Empoli to reach Final Eight semis

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      Fabio Grosso’s young guns beat Empoli 4-2 in a closely-matched Final Eight quarter-final encounter on Sunday

      Juventus’ Under 19s overcame Empoli’s identical age category in Sunday’s Final Eight quarter-final clash to reach the last four of the end-of-season playoff being hosted in Sassuolo.

      The Azzurri began the encounter brightly, but it was the Bianconeri who would get their noses in front after 22 minutes when Andrea Favilli finished off a fine move involving Pol Lirola and Roman Macek down the right.

      Empoli were providing stern opposition on the afternoon, however, and managed to find the equaliser before half-time when Filippo Bellini finally turned in after Emil Audero denied the Tuscans twice in the build-up to the goal.

      Juve’s keeper was kept busy at the start of the second period too, saving Alberto Picchi’s effort, but would see his side regain the lead courtesy of Nicolò Pozzebon tucking away Favilli’s knockdown following a lung-busting run down the middle of the park by Francesco Cassata.

      The Azzurri’s resilience and resolve, already evident before the break, received further endorsement just after the hour-mark when Alessandro Piu’s strike pulled them back on level terms for the second time of the match.

      From then on, however, the Bianconeri began to enjoy the lion’s share of attacks, with opposition stopper Alessandro Giacomel denying Pozzebon and Cassata before Favilli fired over from a promising position in the 73rd minute.

      The tall Tuscan forward made no mistake four minutes later, though, showing silky technique to control Grigoris Kastanos’ pass with his left foot before drilling home with the same boot to restore Juve’s lead.

      Audero would be called upon again to prevent Tommaso Fantacci from netting what would have been a third equaliser of the encounter. Then moments later, Cassata put the result beyond his former club by scoring a fourth for Fabio Grosso’s young guns just three minutes before full-time.

      The Bianconeri will take on the winner of the Final Eight’s last quarter-final clash between Torino and Atalanta, while Inter and Roma face off in the playoff’s other semi-final.

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