The Primavera took their streak of consecutive home victories to five as they battled back from a goal behind to run out 4-2 winners against Modena at Chisola this afternoon.
A difficult start on a snowy pitch that prevented Andrea Zanchetta’s side from playing their customary brand of free-flowing football became even more challenging when the visitors took a shock early lead through Giuseppe Franco.
Content to protect their slender advantage, Modena sat back and invited pressure on their back four and goalkeeper Riccardo Lanzotti. The hosts, however, were more than willing to oblige and got back on level terms with 15 minutes played thanks to Sergio Buenacasa.
Increased intensity in the final third enabled Juventus to overturn the early setback by the interval, Simone Emmanuello sweeping home after the captain had seen his initial effort parried by Lanzotti.
The Primavera maintained their attacking philosophy after the break but were caught short when a Modena free-kick bounced off the wall and fell kindly for Alessandro Ponti to make it 2-2.
Again Juventus lifted their heads and drove forward in search of the lead. This eventually arrived when the exuberant Filippo Romagna, the youngest on the field of play, chased down what appeared to be a lost cause before breaking into the area and firing home.
Any fears of a Modena revival were firmly laid to rest in the final stages of the encounter, Younes Bnou Marzouk coming off the bench to wrap up a hard-fought yet ultimately deserved triumph with goal number four of the afternoon.
Zanchetta’s youngsters will now immediately fix their sights on Wednesday’s first Coppa Italia encounter of the season, with a place in the quarter-finals up for grabs when they welcome Varese to Turin on Wednesday.