Andrea Zanchetta’s Primavera follow the example set by their senior counterparts in winning the Italian Super Cup against Lazio in Rome, and the youngsters pull it off in even more dramatic fashion with a late Anastasios Donis winner
History repeated itself tonight as the Primavera followed in the footsteps of the Super Cup-winning Juventus first team to lift the youth version of the title with a stunning 2-1 win on a glorious evening in Rome.
Against Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico (the same opponents that Antonio Conte’s men conquered in the same location a little over a month ago) the Primavera’s may have been a more closely fought game than the 4-0 first team result on 18 August, but the excitement was just as high, if not even more so.
The final stages were breathtaking, with Andrea Zanchetta’s side sealing a third Super Cup for the Bianconeri youth team – no other side has won more – thanks to an Anastasios Donis winner in the 91st minute.
Zanchetta changed the team’s formation going into the game, so rather than using the customary 4-3-3 his players lined up at the Stadio Olimpico in a 3-5-2 setup, the preferred playing style of the first team.
With Leonardo Citti sidelined with the flu, it was Gianmarco Vannucchi who started in goal, and he was called into action straight away.
With 11 minutes played, he pulled off a miraculous save to deny what seemed a certain goal from Cristiano Lombardi, set free in the area by a Mamadou Tounkara pass. And the Bianconeri goalkeeper came out on top again when the duel was resumed four minutes later, parrying the Biancocelesti man’s shot wide for a corner.
With Lazio efforts coming in less regularly and Juve starting to gain in confidence, the visitors' increased adventurousness was rewarded when Matteo Gerbaudo netted on the turn to put them ahead with 33 minutes played.
But after a continued Bianconeri onslaught inspired by the intelligent play of Edoardo Ceria and Vajebah Sakor up until half-time, Lazio came out strongly after the break, and found an equaliser on 66 minutes. An excellent goal it was too, with Balde Diao Keita evading the efforts of Pol Garcia Tena and Nicolò Curti to stop him and then chipping over Vannucchi.
Then Zanchetta made a decisive move, introducing Nicolae Marin in place of Christian Tavanti and moving Ceria to the right. And it was a strategy that paid off in earnest, because just when the game looked destined to go to extra time it was Ceria who popped up on the wing and provided the killer ball for Donis, whose excellent finish on the stroke of the final whistle meant the glory was all Juventus'.