KKS Lech Poznan 1 – FC Juventus 1


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Italy World Cup reserve midfielder CLAUDIO MARCHISIO (8) of FC Juventus attempts to steal the ball from KKS Lech Poznan’s Bosnia/Herzergovina international midfielder SEMIR STELIC (14) as the hat trick hero from previous encounter in the Italian Alps, Latvia international striker ARTJOMS RUDNEVS (16), looks on at the Stadion Miejski in west central Poland. (Kacper Pempel/Reuters)
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UEFA Europa League
Group Stage
12/1/2010

1 – KKS Lech Poznan (POL) ——— Rudnevs 12′
1 – FC Juventus (ITA) —————— Iaquinta 84′

An early goal was all that mattered despite an equalizer at the end as a 1-1 draw was good enough for Polish side KKS LECH POZNAN to guarantee progress into the knockout round by eliminating Serie A outfit FC JUVENTUS in Group A of the UEFA Europa League.

Latvia international striker ARTJOMS RUDNEVS, who hit all three goals in Lech Poznan’s 3-3 draw with Juventus in late September, struck again to put The Old Lady down less than a dozen minutes into a match which would be visited in earnest by Old Man Winter.

The 22-year-old Rudnevs, an off-season arrival from Hungarian club TE Zalaegerszegi, headed in at the near post from an in-swinging corner kick by Bosnia/Herzegovina midfielder SEMIR STILIC for a fourth goal in two games against the legendary Italian side this season.

Italy World Cup striker VINCENZO IAQUINTA did manage an equalizer for the Bianconeri in blizzard-like conditions with a little over six and a half minutes remaining after a short pass from Serbia World Cup winger MILOS KRASIC.

But it was not enough to keep FC Juventus from a fifth consecutive draw in Group A of the UEFA Europa League. With the point, KKS Lech Poznan assumed second place in the standings on eight points with just one game remaining in the double round-robin. Should the Polish and Italian clubs finish level on points, the head-to-head record would be decisive.

KKS Lech Poznan would advance to the knockout round of the UEFA Europa League on the old away goals rule.

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Dressed warm with a cap and scarf, Mali international midfielder MOHAMED SISSOKO of FC Juventus, who spent two and a half seasons with FC Liverpool in England before an 11.0 million Euro transfer to Serie A in January of 2008, attempts to derail KKS Lech Poznan’s Belarus international midfielder SERGEI KRIVETS (10) at the Stadion Miejski. (Kacper Pempel/Reuters)
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KKS LECH POZNAN : Kotorowski ; Wojtkowiak, Bosacki, Arboleda, Henriquez ; Injac, Djurdjevic ; Peszko, Stilic (Kaminski 82′), Krivets (Kikut 54′) ; Rudnevs (Mozdzen 61′)

FC JUVENTUS : Manninger ; Traore (Libertazzi 80′), Chiellini, Bonucci, Camilleri ; Pepe (Lanzafame 67′), Sissoko (Melo 75′), Marchisio, Krasic ; Del Piero, Iaquinta

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(Alik Keplicz/AP)
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(Kacper Pempel/Reuters)
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(Kacper Pempel/Reuters)
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(Alik Keplicz/AP)

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