Red Bull Salzburg 1 – FC Juventus 1


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With veteran Italy international midfielder and club captain ALESSANDRO DEL PIERO of FC Juventus watching from the seat of his pants, Uganda international defender IBRAHIM SEKAGYA (23), whose spent seven seasons playing football in Argentina before signing for Red Bull Salzburg in the summer of 2007, struggles to keep his balance and go forward at the Red Bull Arena in Wals-Siezenheim, Austria. (Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images)
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UEFA Europa League
Group Stage
10/21/2010

1 – Red Bull Salzburg (AUT) ———— Svento 36′
1 – FC Juventus (ITA) ——————— Krasic 48′

An immediate goal from a second half substitute enabled visiting Italian Serie A side FC JUVENTUS to scrape a 1-1 draw in the Alpine clash with RED BULL SALZBURG in Group A of the UEFA Europa League.

Red Bull Salzburg, with two losses to show from the first two group games, went on the attack from the outset of the match. The hosts scored first in the 36th minute when Slovak international DUSAN SVENTO, who cost 2.0 million Euros when signed from Czech Republic club Slavia Prague in July of 2009, received a pass from Holland international midfielder DAVID MENDES DA SILVA on the left. The 25-year-old midfielder made space with a fine move on the edge of the box to fire a seeing eye shot that tucked neatly inside the far right post.

Svento’s second goal of the season in Europe was also Red Bull Salzburg’s first strike at the group stage of the UEFA Europa League.

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33-year-old Austria international goalkeeper ALEXANDER MANNINGER (13) of visiting Italian Serie A side FC Juventus, who has won 32 caps for his country, smothers the ball at the feet of the Red Bull Salzburg’s much-traveled Austria international striker ROMAN WALLNER (7), who has played professionally abroad in Germany, Scotland in addition to Greece, at the Red Bull Arena. (Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images)
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Juventus manager LUIGI DEL NERI made a change at halftime and inserted Serbia World Cup midfielder MILOS KRASIC, a late summer signing costing 15.0 million Euros from Russian club CSKA Moscow, into the line-up for The Old Lady.

The wisdsom of this decision manifested itself immediately when the cross of PAOLO DE CEGLIE’s cross from the left was allowed to bounce in the box by the Red Bull Salzburg defense; Krasic chested the ball down and left German goalkeeper GERHARD TREMMEL no chance from close range for his first career goal in Europe for Juventus.

Man of the man ALEXANDER MANNINGER, the 33-year-old Austria international goalkeeper facing his one-time employers, made his most important stop for FC Juventus late in injury time with a save on 21-year-old Austria international midfielder JAKOB JANTSCHER, who came on as a second half substitute for Red Bull Salzburg.

A third consecutive draw for Juventus, then, at the group stage of the UEFA Europa League and, thus, The Old Lady leaves a chance to take second place ahead of Polish side KKS Lech Poznan go by the boards.

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Austria international defender FRANZ SCHIEMER (far left) of Red Bull Salzburg gets his head on the ball ahead of Nigeria World Cup teammate RABIU AFOLABI as well as the FC Juventus’ World Cup pair of Italy defender GIORGIO CHIELLINI and Brazil midfielder FELIPE MELO at the Red Bull Arena. (Kerstin Joensson/AP)
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RED BULL SALZBURG : Tremmel ; Schwegler, Afolabi, Sekagya, Schiemer ; Hinteregger, Mendes da Silva (Leitgeb 52′), Pokrivac, Svento ; Zarate (Jantscher 82′), Wallner

FC JUVENTUS : Manninger ; De Ceglie, Chiellini, Bonucci, Grygera (Motta 79′) ; Martinez (Melo 64′), Sissoko, Marchisio, Pepe (Krasic 46′) ; Del Piero, Amauri

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Austria international goalkeeper ALEXANDER MANNINGER of visiting Italian Serie A side FC Juventus, who registered 16 Bundesliga games for Red Bull his only season in Salzburg, makes a flying save to deny the shot of Red Bull Salzburg’s Nigeria World Cup defender RABIU AFOLABI (5) at the Red Bull Arena in Wals-Siezenheim, Austria. (Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images)
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(Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images)

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