Fabio Grosso celebrated his birthday in style as he watched his young guns win 4-2 in Novara, a result which sees the Bianconeri leapfrog Fiorentina into second place after the Viola drew with Genoa.
The Primavera have been in terrific form of late, winning their last four matches in all competitions, and they set their stall out for a fifth victory on the spin early on in this encounter with two goals in the opening half an hour.
In the 24th minute Francesco Cassata put the visitors in front after brilliant build-up play by Pol Lirola and Luca Clemenza, who would then go on to have a hand in his team’s second, teeing up in-form forward Andrea Favilli two minutes later.
Nicolas Parravicini’s strike five minutes before the break reduced the hosts’ deficit, but the Bianconeri determinedly set about restoring their two-goal advantage, as Favilli nodded home Claudio Zappa’s cross seven minutes after the interval.
Guido Vadalà’s came close to extending Juventus’ lead with a powerful strike before Novara once again hit back through Parravicini in the 63rd minute.
It would be the visitors who enjoyed the last laugh, however, as King Udoh converted Lirola’s ball to make sure of the points that see Grosso’s charges sitting pretty in second place, just one point behind table-topping Virtus Entella.