With a bit of a grin about the face, Austria international striker ROMAN KIENAST of SK Sturm Graz heads the ball in front of a rather concerned-looking Mali international midfielder MOHAMED SISSOKO of FC Juventus at the UPC Arena in Graz. (Reuters photo)
UEFA Europa League
Playoff round, first leg
1 – SK Sturm Graz (AUT) ——- Schildenfeld 82′
2 – FC Juventus (ITA) ———— Bonucci 16′, Amauri 90+1′
Brazilian striker AMAURI spared the blushes of FC JUVENTUS with a header in injury time to hand home side SK STURM GRAZ a 2-1 defeat in the first leg of the UEFA Europa League playoff tie.
Italy World Cup defender LEONARDO BONUCCI, at 15.5 million Euros the club’s most expensive off-season addition, sent Juventus in front in the 16th minute with a header from a corner kick.
Less than ten minutes from the end of regulation, however, Croatia international defender GORDON SCHILDENFELD equalized with a header of his own off a set piece from just outside the penalty area.
SK STURM GRAZ : Gratzei ; Puercher, Schildenfeld, Feldhofer, Standfest ; Weber, Bukva, Kienzl (Muratovic 82′), Kainz (Klem 72′) ; Szabics, Kienast (Haas 75′)
FC JUVENTUS : Storari ; De Ceglie, Chiellini, Bonucci, Motta ; Marchisio (Melo 70′), Sissoko, Diego (Del Piero 74′), Pepe ; Amauri, Lanzafame (Martinez 55′)