The Primavera were unable to get revenge for the 6-2 away defeat inflicted on them by Real Madrid on October 25 in the UEFA Youth League as they succumbed to a 2-0 loss in the home fixture this afternoon.
Andrea Zanchetta’s side did have early opportunities to get on the scoresheet in Ivrea, but in the end Real Madrid were more clinical and managed to net once in each half, the opener coming from an unstoppable left-footed Javier Munoz Jimenez shot and the second converted from a free-kick by Felipe Saez Carrillo.
The Bianconeri’s chances of qualification from Group B of the Under 19 Champions League competition have by no means evaporated, but the home clash against FC Copenhagen and the trip to Istanbul to take on Galatasaray are now fundamental.
While Zanchetta welcomed key players Emil Audero, Filippo Romagna, Federico Mattiello and Younes Bnou-Marzouk back into his attacking 4-2-4 formation, Real opted to start with the team that produced such an imperious performance against Juve in Madrid, with that encounter’s four-goal striker Juan Jose Narvaez once again leading the line.
But Los Blancos certainly weren’t as dominant this time around in the early stages, because it was Juventus who were on the front foot. Alhassane Soumah, Anastasios Donis and Vajebah Sakor all enjoyed chances, but were unable to find a breakthrough.
However, if anything this seemed to spur Real on, and they opened the scoring through a Munoz Jimenez shot that goalkeeper Audero had no chance of stopping.
After half-time, Juve emerged fired up and looking to draw level, and they nearly did when Donis saw an effort cleared off the line by the Los Blancos back line.
The Bianconeri kept pushing hard and Audero kept their chances alive brilliantly in goal at the other end, but the final blow was struck from a free-kick expertly converted by Saez Carrillo in the 92nd minute to make it 2-0.
Juventus were defeated this time, but with two games still to play their hopes of progressing to the Youth League knockout stages are still not dashed.