Three of the favourites, Inter, Juventus and Roma have been dumped out of the running for the 2009-10 Campionato Primavera title at the first qualifying stage.
The trio were knocked out in the last 16 despite having the advantage of overturning each of their first-leg deficits on home soil in the return matches on Thursday. But all three could only manage 1-1 draws, with Empoli going through 2-1 on aggregate against Inter, Brescia beating Viareggio tournament winners Juve 4-3, and Chievo crushing Roma 3-1.
Defending champions Palermo, Coppa Italia winners AC Milan and Supercoppa Italiana victors Genoa are amongst those who have safely navigated themselves into the Final Eight mini-tournament, which will this year take place in the province of Macerata from 1 to 8 June.
Sampdoria, champions in 2008, and Lazio complete the line up for the final phase of the prestigious Under-20 competition.
Last 16, First Leg Results
Saturday 8 May 2010
Atalanta 0-2 Sampdoria
Bari 0-5 Genoa
Brescia 3-2 Juventus
Catania 1-0 Milan
Chievo 2-0 Roma
Empoli 1-0 Inter
Parma 0-0 Lazio
Udinese 1-2 Palermo
Last 16, Second Leg Results
Thursday 13 May 2010
Genoa 0-1 Bari (Agg: 5-1)
Inter 1-1 Empoli (Agg: 1-2)
Juventus 1-1 Brescia (Agg: 3-4)
Lazio 2-0 Parma (Agg: 2-0)
Milan 3-1 Catania (Agg: 3-2)
Palermo 0-0 Udinese (Agg: 2-1)
Roma 1-1 Chievo (Agg: 1-3)
Sampdoria 2-1 Atalanta (Agg: 4-1)
The Final Eight of the competition - which consists of the quarter-finals, semi-finals and the grand final - will be decided by single matches and played in neutral venues. The winning team will be presented with the "Trofeo Giacinto Facchetti" at Macerata's Stadio Comunale Helvia Recina on Tuesday 8 June.
The draw for the final phase of the tournament was made on Wednesday 19 May.
Tuesday 1 June 2010
QF1: Palermo v Empoli (1500, Camerino)
QF2: Lazio v Brescia (2000, Macerata)
Wednesday 2 June 2010
QF3: Sampdoria v Milan (1500, Tolentino)
QF4: Genoa v Chievo (2000, Civitanova Marche)
Friday 4 June 2010
SF1: [QF1] v [QF2] (1700, Civitanova Marche)
Saturday 5 June 2010
SF2: [QF3] v [QF4] (1700, Macerata)
Tuesday 8 June 2010
F: [SF1] v [SF2] (2000, Macerata)
[Supercoppa] - [Torneo di Viareggio] - [Coppa Italia]
Source: Lega Calcio