Manchester City 1 – FC Juventus 1


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Italy international attacker ALESSANDRO DEL PIERO (10) of Juventus is double-teamed by the Ivory Coast World Cup brother tandem of midfielder YAYA TOURE (42) and defender KOLO TOURE (28) at the City of Manchester Stadium in northern England. (Reuters photo)
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UEFA Europa League
Group Stage
9/30/2010

1 – Manchester City (ENG) ——– A. Johnson 37′
1 – FC Juventus (ITA) —————- Iaquinta 10′

Two high-profile teams split two first-half goals as visting Italian Serie A side FC JUVENTUS and English Premier League club MANCHESTER CITY played to a 1-1 draw in Group A of the UEFA Europa League.

Italy World Cup striker VINCENZO IAQUINTA opened the scoring in only the 10th minute with a long-range effort that took enough of a deflection off the heel of Manchester City’s Ivory Coast World Cup defender KOLO TOURE to beat England’ third-string goalkeeper in South Africa, JOE HART, and give Juventus the 1-0 lead.

Midfielder ADAM JOHNSON, a big money buy from Middlesborough last January, equalized for Manchester City less than ten minutes before the break; Ivory Coast World Cup midfieder YAYA TOURE provided the ball for Johnson to run onto and slot home his first goal of the new season for the Eastlands club.

Veteran Italy international attacker ALESSANDRO DEL PIERO very nearly tipped the scales in favor of Juventus with five minutes to play — a late free kick struck the underside of the crossbar and bounced down but clearly did not cross the goalline.

In contrast with the line-up fielded over the weekend in the big win over Chelsea, Manchester City’s Italian manager ROBERTO MANCINI employed two strikers up front against Juventus; Togo international EMMANUEL ADEBAYOR was ineffective, however, and replaced by Spain World Cup midfielder and expensive summer signing DAVID SILVA with a little over a quarter of an hour to play.

Another off-season acquisition, Germany World Cup defender JEROME BOATENG, made his first competitive start for Manchester City against Juventus after missing much time to start his tenure at the Eastlands thru injury.

Juventus manager LUIGI DELNERI, left two World Cup midfielders, Brazil’s FELIPE MELO and Italy’s SIMONE PEPE, as well as Serie A ever-present goalkeeper MARCO STORARI, the summer signing from AC Milan, on the bench ahead of the Serie A clash with European champion Inter Milan this weekend.

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Italy international attacker ALESSANDRO DEL PIERO (10), who has scored three goals for Juventus in the UEFA Europa League so far this season, launches a free kick as those in the Manchester City wall seek to defend the all-time leading goal-scorer for The Old Lady. (Reuters photo)
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MANCHESTER CITY : Hart ; Boateng (Milner 84′), K. Toure, Kompany, Zabaleta (Boyata 46′) ; A. Johnson, Vieira, Barry, Y. Toure ; Tevez, Adebayor (Silva 73′)

FC JUVENTUS : Manninger ; De Ceglie (Motta 72′), Chiellini, Bonucci, Grygera ; Martinez (Pepe 54′), Marchisio, Del Piero, Sissoko, Krasic (Melo 75′) ; Iaquinta

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Midfielder ADAM JOHNSON, who has already tallied two goals for England in European Championships qualifying matches earlier this September, scores his first goal of the 2010-11 season for Manchester City against Juventus at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Reuters photo)
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(Reuters photo)
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After running onto the thru ball of Ivory Coast World Cup midfielder YAYA TOURE (42), England international midfielder ADAM JOHNSON (11) of Manchester City slips the equalizer past Juventus’ Austria international goalkeeper ALEXANDER MANNINGER, who spent four seasons in London with FC Arsenal before moving to Serie A side AS Fiorentina in the summer of 2001, at the City of Manchester Stadium in the north of England. (Getty Images photo)

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