Juventus’ Primavera maintained both top spot in the league and their winning start to 2016 by beating Modena 2-1 away in Emilia Romagna on Saturday afternoon.
Fabio Grosso’s young guns burst out of the traps with Luca Clemenza, Andrea Favilli and Roman Macek all coming close to opening the scoring before they eventually got their noses in front on 24 minutes. Meeting Clemenza’s cross into the box, Favilli rattled the bar, but fortunately Francesco Cassata was at hand to nod home from close range.
The Bianconeri would go on to dominate proceedings for the remainder of the half and they were rewarded for their attacking persistence just two minutes after the interval, when Favilli was fouled in the penalty area and Clemenza made no mistake from the subsequent spot-kick.
The hosts reacted strongly to Juve’s second strike and, upon reducing the deficit through Frank Didiba’s goal on the counter-attack, they might have pushed on for an equaliser, but Primavera keeper Emil Audero was never really tested from that point onwards.
On the contrary, the visitors threatened to extend their advantage, most notably when Favilli found himself in a one-on-one with Modena stopper Simone Benedettini.
Despite not converting that late chance, Grosso’s charges did enough to secure maximum points and will enter next Saturday’s derby at home to Torino on top of the pile.