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October 23, 2012 7:45 PM BST
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Player Ratings: FC Nordsjaelland 1-1 Juventus

Goal.com evaluates the performances of everyone involved in the Danish capital, after the Bianconeri are forced to come from behind to snatch a draw

By Mark Doyle

  • Jesper Hansen
    98
    5
    4.00

    Jesper Hansen

    Was lucky not to be punished by Pirlo after a disastrous seventh-minute kick-out that went straight to the playmaker. Was also let off the hook by Giovinco after stupidly rushing out of his goal in a futile attempt to reach De Ceglie's through-ball before the attacker. However, made a string of stunning stops thereafter, the one-handed save which kept out Giovinco's header undoubtedly the pick of the bunch.

  • Jores Okore
    41
    5
    3.50

    Jores Okore

    A fine defensive display from the centre-half, who made two vital interceptions inside the opening 10 minutes alone. Gave absolutely everything, while at the same time showing impressive discipline and composure. Deserved a clean sheet.

  • Patrick Mtiliga
    23
    3
    3.50

    Patrick Mtiliga

    Showed some lovely early touches, linking with John, positioned just in front of him, to good effect. Also did well to barge Matri off the ball without giving away a free - or worse, getting himself sent off for a professional foul.

  • Michael Parkhurst
    20
    4
    3.00

    Michael Parkhurst

    Defended solidly from start to finish and also got forward in support of Laudrup whenever he could, winning an early corner after nutmegging Chiellini, which he no doubt savoured.

  • Ivan Runje
    24
    6
    4.00

    Ivan Runje

    Oustanding performance at the back for FCN, his commitment and willingness to put his body on the line best summed up by the way in which he threw himself in front of a cross from Isla shortly before half-time.

  • Enock Kofi Adu
    23
    4
    3.00

    Enock Kofi Adu

    Along with Stokholm, was charged with the pretty unenviable task of shutting down Juve's midfield. They didn't really manage that but Adu, with his boundless enthusiasm, played his part in disrupting their illustrious rivals.

  • Nikolai Stokholm
    26
    3
    3.50

    Nikolai Stokholm

    Impressed against the Azzurri for Denmark recently and impressed again against Italian opposition tonight. Really got about the pitch well and also used the ball smartly.

  • Mikkel Beckmann
    35
    8
    4.00

    Mikkel Beckmann

    A fitness doubt beforehand, the forward was given the all clear to start and made his presence count. Tested Buffon twice in the first half before beating the legendary Italian goalkeeper with a terrific curling free kick on 50 minutes.

  • K. Lorentzen
    17
    6
    4.00

    K. Lorentzen

    Set the tone for an all-action display by calling Buffon into action for the first time on 15 minutes with a well-struck drive from 25 yards out after a strong run from midfield. Always looked a threat with the ball at his feet.

  • Andreas Laudrup
    38
    3
    3.50

    Andreas Laudrup

    Might not be anywhere as good as his father (but then, who is?!) but he is a good player in his own right. Very good on the ball and always looking to run at Juve's back three.

  • Joshua John
    18
    4
    3.00

    Joshua John

    The Dutchman, who is on loan from Twente, was really confident and composed in possession and thus represented a useful outlet down the right-hand side, both in terms of relieving pressure on his defence and applying pressure on the opposition.

Substitutions

  • Anders Christiansen
    8
    2

    Anders Christiansen

    Only thrown on at the death as FCN looked to hold onto what they had.

  • Søren Christensen
    11
    2
    3.00

    Søren Christensen

    Took over from Laudrup with 20 minutes to go and required little time to settle in.

  • Morten Nordstrand
    7
    5
    2.50

    Morten Nordstrand

    Came on midway through the second half for Beckmann but didn't carry the same attacking threat.

  • Gianluigi Buffon
    101
    14
    3.00

    Gianluigi Buffon

    Back in the side after injury, the veteran goalkeeper did not make the best attempt of dealing with a speculative strike from distance from Lorentzen, parrying the ball straight to Laudrup, but the skipper ultimately got away with it. The same could be said about his decision to come out of his area to block an effort from John, the ball coming desperately close to striking Buffon's arm. Was given no chance by Beckmann's free.

  • Lúcio
    48
    61
    2.50

    Lúcio

    Recalled to the side in place of the rested Barzagli and performed reasonably well, using the ball well but never making the kind of dynamic forays forward which were once his trademark and was replaced as Juve sought to bring on an extra attacker late on.

  • Giorgio Chiellini
    34
    88
    2.00

    Giorgio Chiellini

    Pushed further forward every now and then to put FCN under greater pressure, a tactic which often led to his side winning the ball back. Also produced a great sliding tackle on Laudrup during the first half. However, his inexplicable decision to barge the forward off the ball in the second half not only earned him a yellow, it gifted FCN the free kick from which they broke the deadlock.

  • Paolo De Ceglie
    102
    42
    3.50

    Paolo De Ceglie

    Did a fine job filling in for the injured Asamoah. Did not offer the same physicality as the Ghanaian but his final ball on the night was brilliant. Indeed, he created three terrific openings for Giovinco alone.

  • Leonardo Bonucci
    83
    24
    3.00

    Leonardo Bonucci

    Was a real threat in the FCN penalty area at set-pieces, heading a Pirlo corner just wide midway through the first half. He was caught flat-footed on occasions defensively but was the pick of Juve's defensive trio.

  • Claudio Marchisio
    53
    120
    1.00

    Claudio Marchisio Flop of the Match

    Nowhere near his usual dynamic self. Indeed, he looked off the pace for once, as evidenced by his booking for hauling back Laudrup after the attacker had slipped the ball through his legs wide on the left-hand side, as well as his failure to control the ball the one and only time he got in behind the FCN backline.

  • Andrea Pirlo
    108
    26
    3.00

    Andrea Pirlo

    Prominent right from the off, the Azzurri ace had already had a couple of cracks on goal before he opened up Nordsjaelland with a stunning first-time ball over the top that Giovinco was unable to convert. Continued to probe thereafter but ultimately to no avail.

  • Arturo Vidal
    48
    74
    3.00

    Arturo Vidal

    Disappointing against Napoli on Saturday and only slightly more influential in Copenhagen. Indeed, he was pretty anonymous in the first half, giving the ball away under no pressure whatsoever at one point. Did improve in the second half, though, and nearly scored late on.

  • Mauricio Isla
    106
    32
    3.50

    Mauricio Isla

    Handed the opportunity to state a claim for a starting berth in the absence of Lichsteiner and did reasonably well. He butchered a gilt-edged chance to pick out an unmarked Matri in the area 20 minutes in but he improved as the game wore on and created the equaliser for Vucinic.

  • Sebastian Giovinco
    120
    46
    3.00

    Sebastian Giovinco

    Juve's best attacker, the striker was denied a goal by a combination of poor finishing and inspired goalkeeping. Saw a side-footed volley saved by Jensen before then firing into the side netting after rounding the FCN goalkeeper moments later. Was twice more denied by Hansen before seeing the Dane then pull of a stunning one-handed save from a fine header.

  • Alessandro Matri
    32
    129
    2.00

    Alessandro Matri

    As ever, an incredibly willing runner, though sometimes his enthusiasm was a problem as it resulted in him getting himself caught offside. Had a couple of neat lay-offs, and created a chance for Giovinco with a knock-on, but this was ultimately an underwhelming showing that was brought to a premature conclusion on 67 minutes.

Substitutions

  • Mirko Vučinić
    191
    12
    4.00

    Mirko Vučinić Top of the Match

    Surprisingly omitted from the starting lineup after overcoming the flu that saw him miss the Napoli win, the Montenegrin was thrown on in the final 23 minutes and bailed Juventus out of jail with a fine side-footed volley. Will be back in the starting lineup this weekend, no doubt about that.

  • Nicklas Bendtner
    105
    43
    2.00

    Nicklas Bendtner

    Afforded 15 minutes at the end to shoot down his compatriots - and squandered a gilt-edged opportunity to head his side into the lead. Fair to say his Juve career has yet to catch fire and, on this evidence, maybe it never will.

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