A sensational injury-time Primavera comeback proved in vain as rivals Torino swooped in the dying seconds to clinch a 3-2 win in this afternoon’s pulsating championship derby encounter at Venaria.
Having been denied a winning start to their UEFA Youth League campaign following FC Copenhagen’s 93rd minute equaliser on Tuesday afternoon, lightning struck twice for Andrea Zanchetta’s side who saw a well-earned point slip from their grasp with practically the last action of the game.
Torino approached the game as league leaders and showed their desire to maintain their lofty position in the first 45 minutes, drawing two decisive saves from Leonardo Citti and causing plenty of danger via set pieces.
Their persistence eventually paid off shortly after the restart, with Andrea Ientile heading past Citti after connecting with a dangerous inswinging corner. Moments later, Juventus found themselves with a mountain to climb after Mattia Aramu latched on to Emmanuel Gyasi’s delivery and made no mistake with the subsequent finish.
Stung by the two-goal deficit, the Bianconeri upped the ante and produced an emphatic response, drawing level in the closing stages through goals from Younes Bnou Marzouk and Edoardo Ceria.
But just when it seemed Zanchetta’s side had done enough to earn themselves a share of the spoils, Torino, now with the numerical advantage after Joel Untersee had been given his marching orders, found the winner when Claudio Sparacello rose highest in the area to plant home a firm header at the death.
Juventus will aim to shake off this afternoon’s derby day disappointment by bringing home their first silverware of the season when they face Lazio in Thursday’s Super Cup final.