They say that the top teams have an ability to keep going until the very end and that is precisely what Juventus’ Primavera did on Saturday afternoon, as they clinched an 88th minute winner in a dramatic derby against inter-city rivals Torino in Vinovo.
Fabio Grosso’s charges began the match brightly, playing the majority of the first period in their opponents’ half, but on 30 minutes, they conceded a penalty, which Federico Zenuni converted to give the visitors a shock lead.
Not letting their heads drop, the Bianconeri came out all guns blazing after the interval and managed to equalise in the 48th minute when Andrea Favilli rifled home his tenth league strike of the season.
Torino were holding firm, however, and Juve’s search for a winning goal was dealt a heavy blow four minutes from time following Roman Macek’s dismissal for handball.
Despite their numerical disadvantage, the hosts never gave up hope and just two minutes later Fabio Morselli pounced in the box and kept his cool under pressure to shoot his side to a famous victory, sparking scenes of unbridled joy both in the dugout and in the stands.
Speaking at the final whistle, Grosso reserved praise for his players after sealing three crucial points that keep them top of the table.
“We showed plenty of quality on the park today and controlled proceedings for long spells. The end to the first half probably boiled down to suffering from a few nerves, but I’m delighted by the way that we fought our way back to win the game.
“Congratulations to both teams for putting on a highly competitive match. We now look ahead to the future with optimism. We’re keen to keep developing as a side.”
Next up for the Primavera is a trip to lowly Trapani next Saturday.