Juventus warmed up for next Sunday’s Italian Super Cup clash against Lazio with a 4-1 win over the Primavera in this afternoon’s traditional pre-season friendly watched by a capacity crowd at Villar Perosa’s Stadio Comunale.
Arturo Vidal, Leonardo Bonucci, Carlos Tevez and Fabio Quagliarella were on the scoresheet for Antonio Conte’s first-team squad, with Andrea Zanchetta’s youngsters grabbing a consolation for their efforts through Zoran Josipovic.
The game began at a frantic pace and early pressing almost enabled the Primavera to take the lead inside the opening minute of play. Younes Bnou Marzouk showed good alertness to capitalise on a stray ball and race through one-on-one with Gigi Buffon, only for Angelo Ogbonna to track back and narrow the striker’s route to goal with an excellent piece of defensive work.
Down the other end, Claudio Marchisio had the opportunity to open the scoring for Juventus A after being played in by Kwadwo Asamoah, but steered his shot straight into the arms of Gianmarco Vannucchi. Moments later, however, Vidal managed to succeed where his team-mate had previously failed, guiding his shot into the bottom corner to put Conte’s men in the driving seat with three minutes played.
Despite the Primavera growing in confidence and testing Buffon on two occasions through efforts from Anastasios Donis, Juventus A continued to threaten and strengthened their grip on the game when Carlos Tevez’s inch perfect cross was planted home by the head of Bonucci on 34 minutes.
Provider then turned goalscorer with two minutes played of the second half, dashing in behind the Primavera’s defensive three before sending a cool chip over the onrushing goalkeeper.
The deficit failed to discourage Zanchetta’s young guns, who battled valiantly against their elder counterparts. And their positive approach was rewarded when Josipovic, on as a substitute, found the bottom corner with a crisp strike after turning Bonucci in the penalty area.
Yet Juventus A ended the afternoon in style by restoring their three-goal advantage when Fabio Quagliarella met Mauricio Isla’s deflected cross and turned the ball over the line from close range with ten minutes remaining.