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August 10, 2014
• ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Referee: F. Brych
• Attendance: 55364
A-League All Stars
M. Carrusca 9'
T. Jurić 77'
P. Pogba 88'
S. Pepe 90'+
That's all that we have time for from Sydney, as Juventus defeat the A-League All Stars 3-2, courtesy of a late Simone Pepe winner. I've been Simon Harrison and I hope to see you again next time.
Del Piero played around 60 minutes against his former club, before being given a standing ovation as he left the field. Juve show their winning mentality yet again, grabbing the winner in stoppage time, giving Allegri's side additional momentum heading into the league season!
FULL TIME! Juve snatch a late 3-2 win over the A-League All Stars, despite falling behind twice in Sydney! Goals from Llorente, Pogba and Pepe were enough for the visitors, despite the native XI contributing goals through Carrusca and Juric.
90' + 3'
Goal Simone Pepe
GOOOOOOAL! PEPE MAKES IT 3-2! Pirlo whips in the corner, which falls to Giovinco, but the substitute sees his initial shot blocked! The loose ball bounces out to Pepe, who fires home from just inside the area! Juve lead late on!
90' + 2'
Juric breaks down the left, before cutting inside his man and trying his luck from a tight angle, but can only pass a poor effort into the arms of Storari. Juve break upfield immediately, with a 20-yard Pepe strike deflected behind for a corner.
Roux attacks a near post corner for the All Stars, but the right-back can't keep his effort down whatsoever. There are four minutes of stoppage time, owing to all of the breaks for substitutions.
The All Stars take their turn to break upfield, with Finkler being played through on goal, but the substitute snatches at his chance, firing high and wide! That was the golden opportunity to take the lead for the third time!
Goal Paul Pogba
GOOOOOOAL! GREAT FINISH FROM POGBA! The young France international hammers a half volley into the top left corner, leaving the 'keeper with no chance! It sits up beautifully for the Juve midfielder, who has no hesitation in making it 2-2!
Giovinco is introduced for the final few minutes, with the diminutive forward providing a bit of pace and quick feet in the final third to trouble the tiring All Stars back four. Llorente has held the ball up well, but hasn't had the best luck nor service while facing goal.
We're into the final five minutes, with plenty of yellow and blue shirts pressing the ball and making it incredibly difficult for Juve to break down their banks of four. It has devolved into defensive chaos somewhat, as plenty of bodies press the ball at once, but the All Stars continue to remain resilient. Coman is nearly picked out at the back post, but is outmuscled easily.
The All Stars are taking their time in possession, forcing Juve to chase lost causes in an attempt to regain the ball. They've been extremely competitive this evening, providing good intensity and taking their chances very clinically, a credit to their league.
A cross is stood up to the back post, which Llorente heads down into the path of Marchisio! The Italy international snatches at a half-volley, but can only guide the ball into the midriff of the opposition goalkeeper!
Well, that goal certainly wasn't predictable! After having the worse of the second half, the All Stars have a lead to protect once again, leading to Allegri readying a couple of substitutes in order to shuffle his pack.
Goal Tomi Jurić
GOOOOOOAL! THE ALL STARS REGAIN THE LEAD! He's only been on the field for a couple of minutes, but Juric races into the box before placing a low finish beyond Storari!
A quarter of an hour for either side to find their second goal of the goal, with the All Stars opting to make another double change. Juric comes on and will lead the line, with Roux adding some fresh legs at full-back.
The All Stars are certainly on the back foot now, with Marchisio now brought to ground in the centre of the park to halt a Juve break. Allegri's men are moving the ball with more purpose, with Evra and Lichtsteiner having much more space to exploit on the flanks!
Buffon is replaced by Storari in goal for the Bianconeri, with the experienced goalkeeper also receiving a brilliant ovation from the supporters within the stadium. Foreign Juve fans are out in force tonight, that's for sure, with the club's Asia tour continuing to be a success.
Yellow Card David Williams
Narrowly over 20 minutes remain for the Bianconeri to find a second goal of the evening, with it looking far more likely for the Serie A side to take the lead for the first time than it is for the All Stars to regain it. Allegri still has plenty of offensive quality on the bench to change the game.
Finally, we are back into the flow of things, after the All Stars substitutions took the best part of two minutes to go through. Juve are keen to get back underway and force the issue, as winning is definitely the mentality of this group of players.
Marcelo Adrian Carrusca
Alessandro Del Piero
Two more changes for the All Stars, as Hersi and Montgomery come into the fray. There's a brief stoppage in play, which Allegri uses to give a couple of his personnel additional instructions. Fresh legs for Gombau's men should mean that they can provide the intensity which worked so well to frustrate Juve before the interval.
Pirlo whips in yet another corner delivery, but again the A-League All Stars are able to clear at the back post. Del Piero is substituted for Williams, earning the experienced forward a standing ovation from all in the stadium!
Half an hour remains for the Bianconeri to find their winning goal, with plenty of changes still in the offing for Allegri to make too. That goal has lifted their spirits somewhat, with the momentum acting as encouragement to complete the turnaround.
Assist Patrice Evra
Goal Fernando Llorente
GOOOOOOOAL! LLORENTE NETS THE EQUALISER! The Spaniard heads home eight yards out, after a brilliantly switch of play from Pirlo was centred by Evra! Galekovic has no chance and Juve are back in the game!
The All Stars win a corner, which is sent looping to the back post, but Juve clear their lines effectively. Despite not testing Buffon too often since the restart, the native outfit are continuing to remain competitive, though their forward players are seeing slightly less of the ball than they were used to in the first half.
Ten minutes into the second half and Juve have threatened slightly more often, but still can't find their elusive equaliser. Llorente holds up the ball well before setting it back to Pogba, but the Frenchman is robbed of possession on the edge of the box as he looks to steal a yard to shoot!
Marchisio is found at the back post brilliantly, but the Italy international can only direct a header wide of the back post! He claims for a deflection, asking for a corner, with the referee obliging. The set piece delivery is whipped in, but Bonucci hurts himself while challenging for the ball.
Pirlo curls a free-kick delivery into the box, while Galekovic comes out to meet, but Ogbonna gets there first! The former Torino defender can only loop his header over the crossbar and behind for a goal-kick, but that's more threatening from the Serie A reigning champions!
Buffon fails to deal with another corner delivery, with his half-clearance allowing for another All Stars snapshot from the edge of the penalty area. It is charged down once again, but Juve haven't been entirely convincing while defending their own area during this contest.
Ogbonna is forced to concede a corner early in the second half, allowing for the All Stars to load the box once again. It's easily cleared by Llorente at the near post, before Carrusca is able to shoot from range. The ball takes a huge deflection, wrong-footing Buffon, but bobbles wide for another set piece!
We are back underway in the second half in Sydney, as Juventus look to overturn a 1-0 deficit to defeat the A-League All Stars. They've faced a stern test thus far, but Allegri has plenty of interesting options on his bench to mix things up.
The Bianconeri certainly haven't had it all of their own way, with very few clear cut chances showing themselves for the Serie A champions - leaving the All Stars very happy with their first half showing. Be sure to rejoin us in ten minutes time for all of the second half action!
HALF TIME! The A-League All Stars lead 1-0 at the break against Juventus, with the native side producing a cohesive display which has frustrated the Bianconeri. Carrusca's goal is the only thing separating the two sides, however, with Buffon called into action to deny Berisha and Tevez unfortunate to strike the foot of the post.
45' + 36'
Pepe, Asamoah and Coman are now on the field for the Bianconeri, with fresh legs looking to stretch the All Stars defence. There isn't a great deal of time remaining for Juve to avoid defeat, less than ten minutes in fact, but falling behind isn't a concept they're used to!
45' + 13'
Berisha is nearly set away by a good ball down the line, but the forward starts his run slightly too early and is caught offside. Pirlo is then felled by Carrusca, as the midfielder easily keeps the ball away from his aggressor.
45' + 1'
Tevez shoots from range, but Galekovic is able to get across easily to his right and smother the Argentine's effort! That should be that from the opening period.
Juve finish the half the stronger of the two sides, piling on a bit of pressure and seeing far more of the ball. However, the All Stars continue to look fairly comfortable and limit the Bianconeri to certain areas of the field, with only the mobile Tevez threatening their back-line.
Evra goes down once again after being caught, as the former Manchester United full-back continues to be in the wars somewhat. After receiving some treatment, the Frenchman limps off but appears to be fine to continue.
TEVEZ STRIKES THE POST! The Argentine scampers through on goal, wriggling between two defenders after linking up well with Llorente, but his eventual finish curls around Galekovic, clips the outside of the upright and heads wide!
Pirlo looks to clip an inch-perfect pass over the All Stars defence and into the path of Tevez, but an opposition defender rises well to head clear. Although Juve are enjoying far more possession than they were during the first half an hour, Allegri's men are still labouring. Berisha sees a shot blocked well on the edge of the area.
Bonucci finds the feet of Llorente, before the Spaniard hooks the ball into the path of Lichtsteiner. However, instead of his preferred route of haring to the byline, the Swiss wing-back is forced to play the ball all the way back to Pirlo. The All Stars are holding their shape well and frustrating. Tevez races through on goal, but is denied brilliantly by a sliding block.
Less than ten minutes of normal time until the break, with Juve presumably keen to restore parity before the interval. The All Stars have acquitted themselves well, defending with cohesion and also having the quality required to bring themselves upfield to counter regularly.
Evra is found in space on the left-hand side, before sweeping a cross towards the back post. It's half-cleared, falling to Lichtsteiner, before the Swiss wing-back half-volleys an effort wide of the near post from 20 yards out!
Berisha does brilliantly to carry the ball from the halfway-line, all the way to the byline, before cutting a pass back to the supporting Rose. The left-back throws an attempted cross into the box, but it's far too heavy and loops out of play disappointingly on the far side.
From the resulting corner, Buffon claims and sets Pogba on his way. The Frenchman drives through the heart of midfield, using a nice piece of skill to chop past his man, but is eventually robbed of possession due to a lack of support. Juve are a little sluggish in getting forward at pace.
Half an hour has passed, with Juve yet to force the opposition goalkeeper into anything more than a routine stop. Buffon is forced into a smart save down to his right-hand side to deny Berisha, getting a strong wrist to the ball to push it behind for a corner.
Llorente is nearly put through on goal by another long pass, but Muscat gets across well to intercept the attempted ball. Tevez and his Spanish strike-partner haven't seen a great deal of possession, with the former seeming to be rather frustrated with how this match is turning out.
Pirlo whips in another near post corner delivery, but the All Stars deal with it well once again. Juve are struggling to get a foothold in the game or to test Galekovic, but as the opposition tire things should become slightly easier for a side with plenty of technical ability.
After a Juve set piece comes to nothing, the All Stars break upfield at pace. Berisha works the ball out to Del Piero on the left-hand side, before the ex-Juve man cuts back onto his right foot. He tries to dip an effort into the far corner, but gets it all wrong, instead ballooning the ball over for a goal-kick.
Lichtsteiner is found overlapping on the right-hand side, before cutting into the penalty area and trying his luck despite being off-balance. The Swiss defender, can only trickle a poor effort into the reach of Galekovic, who really hasn't been tested at all by Juve thus far.
Ogbonna tries an aimless long ball forward in search of Llorente, due to plenty of pressure from the All Stars strikers, but Galekovic is able to claim easily once again. There's certainly no danger of the Spaniard completing his hat-trick inside half an hour once again, he's barely been involved.
The All Stars are moving the ball around rather well, with Juve not quite having the intensity required to press, instead opting to sit off their opposition somewhat. The A-League XI are continuing to impress in the early stages, with the Bianconeri struggling to impose themselves.
Evra is caught by a rather poor challenge, as Muscat slides in and catches Evra on the shin. Gombau isn't happy with the referee's decision on the sidelines, but for a non-competitive game, there really isn't any need to dive into a tackle in such fashion.
Tevez and Lichtsteiner combine well down the right-hand side, before the Swiss wing-back cuts back a smart cross from the byline. Smith manages to hack clear, as the loose ball almost threatened to fall into the path of Tevez once more. Moments later, a long ball forward nearly finds Marchisio, but instead has too much pace and heads to Galekovic.
Juve are still doing the early chasing, with the All Stars intensity going unmatched at the moment. As the Italian side grows into the game, the balance of power will shift, but for the moment it's tough to see Allegri's men equalising any time soon.
The All Stars continue to put pressure on their opposition, but this time their attack breaks down, allowing for Tevez to burst upfield alone. The Argentine carries possession into the final third, before being tackled, but the Juve forward is definitely showing some desire and frustration.
The opening ten minutes or so haven't gone well for the Serie A champions, as their slow start has been punished once again. Carrusca has been popping up in dangerous positions around the box, with the Argentine looking to have the ability to continue to put Juve to the sword.
Assist Albert Riera
Goal Marcelo Adrian Carrusca
GOOOOOOOOAL! CARRUSCA GIVES THE ALL STARS THE LEAD! It's a tidy finish from the midfielder, who ghosts past one man at the edge of the box, before stroking past Buffon to give the Australian side the early advantage!
Bonucci gives away a free-kick on the edge of the penalty area, giving Del Piero an opportunity to shoot from around 25 yards. The veteran forward fires into the wall rather disappointingly, but the Bianconeri have to be careful not to give away too many dead ball situations in dangerous areas.
After a shaky start, Juve enjoy their first extended spell of possession, with their opposition unable to do too much to stop them when they are circulating the ball sharply. The All Stars have already shown that they have some offensive potency however, meaning that Allegri's men have to be wary of conceding the first goal in consecutive games.
Marchisio tries to play a pass into the path of Llorente with the outside of his boot, but it's too heavy and bobbles through to Galekovic. The All Stars have started the game at pace, with this appearing to at least initially be something of a test for the Bianconeri.
Del Piero plays a lovely ball in towards the front post, which Carrusca almost manages to latch onto to apply an early finish! Ogbonna covers across well to ensure that the midfielder doesn't have an opportunity to pull the trigger!
We are underway in the first half! The Bianconeri are in their customary black and white stripes, of which there are plenty of replicas in the crowd! The A-League All Stars are donning blue and yellow.
There's 15 minutes left until kick-off, so be sure to stick around for all of the action, as Del Piero faces off against his former employers. The former Bianconeri man may even trade his All Stars shirt for a Juve one and play for his old club one more in the later stages of the match, which is bound to be a special moment!
A-League All Stars starting line-up: Galekovic, Smith, Rose, Muscat, Berisha, Ibini, Carrusca, Riera, North, Broich, Del Piero.
Juventus substitutes: Storari, Rubinho, Audero, Marrone, Chiellini, Pepe, Motta, Padoin, Asamoah, Vitale, Pereyra, Buenacasa, Coman, Giovinco.
Juventus starting line-up: Buffon; Caceres, Bonucci, Ogbonna; Lichtsteiner, Pogba, Pirlo, Marchisio, Evra; Tevez, Llorente.
TEAM NEWS: Allegri opts to keep the back three consistent, with Angelo Ogbonna and Martin Caceres slotting in either side of Leonardo Bonucci. Patrice Evra is given a start at left wing-back, while Claudio Marchisio retains his place in central midfield due to the absence of Arturo Vidal through injury. Carlos Tevez is deployed alongside Fernando Llorente up top, with the Spaniard hoping to go one better than a hat-trick this evening.
I'm Simon Harrison and I will be keeping you up to date with all of the action from Sydney, Australia. Massimiliano Allegri will be putting out a strong side tonight, with the competitive season rapidly approaching and his international players now having returned from World Cup duty or extended breaks.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of Juventus' pre-season friendly against the A-League All Stars at the ANZ Stadium, a fixture which will involve former club legend Alessandro Del Piero taking to the field against his old team. Following a resounding 8-1 thrashing of the Indonesian Stars last time out, the Bianconeri will be hoping to keep up their preparatory momentum ahead of the Serie A campaign.
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