FC Juventus 1 – Manchester City 1


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England international midfielder ADAM JOHNSON, who has scored twice in the UEFA Europa League this season thus far for Manchester City, dribbles away from FC Juventus’ Italy World Cup winger SIMONE PEPE (23), out on loan for the season from Serie A side Udinese in exchange for 2.6 million Euros with an option for permanent purchase pre-arranged for 7.5 million Euros, at the Stadio Olimpico di Torino in the Italian Alps. (Massimo Cebrelli/Getty Images)
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UEFA Europa League
Group Stage
12/16/2010

1 – FC Juventus (ITA) ——————- Giannetti 43′
1 – Manchester City (ENG) ———— Jo 77′

In a game where the visitors had already guaranteed themselves advancement and the hosts had already gone out of the tournament, neither a 1-1 draw nor a straggling match report should surprise as MANCHESTER CITY and FC JUVENTUS finished off the schedule for Group A of the UEFA Europa League.

On his first-ever start for the first team, 19-year-old striker NICCOLO GIANNETTI, on loan for the season from AS Siena, scored his first-ever senior goal for FC Juventus after sweeping home the pass of 36-year-old veteran Italy international striker ALESSANDRO DEL PIERO just a couple of minutes before the halftime whistle.

Brazil international attacker JO, who has not scored an English Premier League goal for Manchester City since September of 2008, brought the Blues level with a fine turn and left-footed finish following a feed from England international midfielder ADAM JOHNSON; the 23-year-old Brazilian bagged his second goal in the UEFA Europa League with the strike versus Juventus and counts three goals in all competitions for Manchester City this term.

With the point picked up in his native land, Italian manager ROBERTO MANCINI sees his Manchester City club finish at the top of Group A in the UEFA Europa League. With the tie, FC Juventus end with the incredibly indifferent record of six draws in six matches at the group stage in this year’s competition. Only Greek side AEK Athens, during the 2002-03 UEFA Champions League tournament, had ever accomplished that previously in Europe.

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As FC Juventus’ France U-21 international defender ARMAND TRAORE (17), on loan to the Serie A club for the season from London outfit FC Arsenal, observes England international defender MICAH RICHARDS (2) of Manchester City go down in a heap with the challenge of FC Juventus’ Brazil World Cup midfielder FELIPE MELO (4) at the Stadio Olimpico di Torino. (Giorgio Perottino/Reuters)
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FC JUVENTUS : Manninger – Grygera, Legrottaglie, Chiellini, Traore (Boniperti 66′) – Krasic (Camilleri 57′), Melo, Sissoko, Pepe – Giannetti (Buchel 79′), Del Piero

MANCHESTER CITY : Given – Richards, Boyata, Boateng, Bridge – Viera – Wright Phillips (Chantler 90′), Milner, A. Johnson – Nimely (Zabaleta 60′), Jo

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(Massimo Cebrelli/Getty Images)
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(Giorgio Perottino/Reuters)
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