Move over 2013 MLS All-Star Game Trophy and 2015 Orange Trophy, there's a new trophy to add to the Roma display case. You know, the case that's behind Director of Football Walter Sabatini in every one of those cheesy 'signing the paperwork' photos taken for the press. While this was Roma's eighth Primavera Scudetto, it was the first since 2010-11, and only the third since 1990, and oh was it ever sweet. It's not often romanisti get to taste the tears of juventini, so this moment should be savored.
The Juventus U19s struck first in the match, winning and converting a penalty kick after midfielder Lorenzo Di Livio brought down Juventus's Pol Liorla inside the box in the 35th minute. Juventus almost doubled the lead at the stroke of halftime, as Claudio Zappa hit the cross bar from a long-range effort. Roma tied the match at 1-1 mere minutes into the second half, with striker Ezequiel Ponce finishing from close range. The rest of the match was a nervy affair, with Juventus almost scoring late and midfielder Emanuele Spinozzi seemingly giving Roma the victory in the 89th minute, only for his goal to be ruled offside by the official.
The tension only increased as extra time bled into penalty kicks, check out the full shootout here. For those of us with attention-deficit disorder, here's just the last penalty:
Il sogno che si realizza!#RomaJuve #PrimaveraTIM pic.twitter.com/3vKvUX9rmq— Alfonso Cerani (@fonzi_gol) June 4, 2016
That's some high quality Roma porn for the yank bank right there. And the cherry on top? Ponce was named the player of the year in the primavera league after the match. Ponce's future is looking brighter by the day... he's already beat Juventus and won a scudetto, now he just needs to do it on the senior team. But first, a loan to a mid-table Serie A team for a year is likely.