Fabio Grosso’s Primavera maintained their firm grip on top spot this afternoon with a combative and committed 2-1 victory away at third-from-bottom Carpi though they had Emil Audero’s last minute wonder save to thank for the result.
Having dominated proceedings throughout, it would have been a great injustice on Grosso’s young charges had they drawn the game, particularly after a very impressive opening 45 minutes with saw all three of the game’s goals.
Going close first through Fabio Morselli, Pol Lirola and Stefano Pellini, the Bianconeri eventually took a deserved lead courtesy of Andrea Favilli’s strike just after the half-hour mark. Nine minutes later, Alessio Di Massimo followed suit to put the country’s form two goals up.
Despite being forced consistently onto the back foot, the home side would pull a goal back just before the interval, Alessio Sallustio slotting in from 12 yards to give the Biancorossi something to play for in the second period.
Sallustio’s spot-kick acted as a catalyst for the hosts who carried their positive momentum through the interval to nearly level the scores, Emil Audero at hand on both occasions to deny them.
In an entertaining final quarter Favilli would fail where Sallustio succeeded, firing his penalty straight at Diego Faccioli a miss that would have cost Juve the three points were it not for Audero’s flying save in the closing stages.
Yet again though, Grosso’s young guns hung on for another valuable victory to preserve their ten-point lead over second-placed Fiorentina.