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  • Date:16 Dec 2010
  • Kick-off:18:00
  • Venue:Stadio Olimpico
  • Giannetti (42)
  • Jo (75)
Goal!

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The referee brings the game to a close.

91:06 +1.06

Chris Chantler on for Shaun Wright-Phillips.

89:47

Shaun Wright-Phillips has an effort at goal from outside the box missing to the wide left of the goal.

86:30

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Milner by Mohamed Sissoko. Mohamed Sissoko goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. Adam Johnson produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.

85:18

Short corner taken by Wayne Bridge.

84:39

Zdenek Grygera gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Patrick Vieira. Patrick Vieira takes the direct free kick.

83:08

Patrick Vieira challenges Alessandro Del Piero unfairly and gives away a free kick. Giorgio Chiellini takes the direct free kick.

77:52

De Carvalho Felipe Melo challenges James Milner unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from James Milner. Marcel Buchel comes on in place of Nicolo Giannetti.

77:17

The referee shows De Carvalho Felipe Melo a yellow card.

75:41

Joao Alves Jo scores a goal from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Juventus 1-1 Man City.The assist for the goal came from Adam Johnson.

75:18

Alessandro Del Piero is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Shay Given takes the direct free kick.

74:17

The ball is sent over by Adam Johnson, Shot from deep inside the area by Shaun Wright-Phillips clears the crossbar.

73:52

The referee cautions Pablo Zabaleta for unsporting behaviour.

73:16

Alessandro Del Piero produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.

72:27

Pablo Zabaleta concedes a free kick for a foul on De Carvalho Felipe Melo. De Carvalho Felipe Melo takes the direct free kick.

70:19

Joao Alves Jo is ruled offside. Direct free kick taken by Alex Manninger.

69:51

Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by James Milner.

65:59

Filippo Boniperti joins the action as a substitute, replacing Armand Traore.

65:33

James Milner produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.

61:49

Inswinging corner taken by Alessandro Del Piero, Mohamed Sissoko produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.

61:29

Simone Pepe crosses the ball.

60:09

Alex Nimely goes off and Pablo Zabaleta comes on.

59:37

Corner taken right-footed by Simone Pepe.

58:03

Alex Nimely takes a shot. Alex Manninger makes a save.

57:14

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alessandro Del Piero by Shaun Wright-Phillips. Alessandro Del Piero shoots direct from the free kick.

55:41

(Juventus) makes a substitution, with Vincenzo Camilleri coming on for Milos Krasic. Corner taken right-footed by Alessandro Del Piero, De Carvalho Felipe Melo sends in a cross.

55:21

Milos Krasic takes a shot. Save made by Shay Given.

53:01

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Adam Johnson from the right by-line.

52:41

Joao Alves Jo sends in a cross.

52:06

De Carvalho Felipe Melo takes a shot. Shay Given makes a save.

50:03

The offside flag is raised against Joao Alves Jo. Free kick taken by Alex Manninger.

47:58

Armand Traore produces a cross.

45:51

Effort on goal by Armand Traore from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.

42:49

The ball is swung over by Alessandro Del Piero, Goal scored by Nicolo Giannetti from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Juventus 1-0 Man City.Alessandro Del Piero provided the assist for the goal.

39:00

Foul by Dedryk Boyata on Simone Pepe, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Alessandro Del Piero, Mohamed Sissoko takes a shot.

37:00

The ball is crossed by Shaun Wright-Phillips, Alex Nimely takes a shot.

36:37

Corner taken short by Adam Johnson.

36:19

Outswinging corner taken by James Milner from the right by-line.

35:59

The ball is sent over by Joao Alves Jo.

34:25

Shaun Wright-Phillips takes a shot. Save by Alex Manninger.

32:11

Corner from the left by-line taken by Alessandro Del Piero, save by Shay Given.

31:00

Alessandro Del Piero takes a shot. Blocked by Dedryk Boyata.

29:47

The ball is swung over by Joao Alves Jo.

26:18

The referee blows for offside. Shay Given takes the free kick.

24:22

Alex Nimely is caught offside. Direct free kick taken by Simone Pepe.

23:28

Nicolo Giannetti concedes a free kick for a foul on Patrick Vieira. Patrick Vieira takes the direct free kick.

22:08

De Carvalho Felipe Melo takes a shot. Blocked by Jerome Boateng.

14:53

Alessandro Del Piero takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.

14:06

Corner taken by Alessandro Del Piero.

13:35

The assistant referee flags for offside against Shaun Wright-Phillips. Alex Manninger takes the free kick.

12:15

Free kick awarded for a foul by Armand Traore on Adam Johnson. The ball is sent over by Adam Johnson, Headed effort from inside the area by Shaun Wright-Phillips misses to the right of the target.

11:20

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Armand Traore from the left by-line.

10:58

Alessandro Del Piero takes a shot. Blocked by Micah Richards.

8:34

Mohamed Sissoko fouled by Patrick Vieira, the ref awards a free kick. De Carvalho Felipe Melo takes the free kick.

8:10

The ball is delivered by Nicolo Giannetti, save by Shay Given.

5:57

Corner from the right by-line taken by James Milner, Zdenek Grygera makes a clearance.

5:47

Centre by James Milner, clearance by Mohamed Sissoko.

4:53

Adam Johnson crosses the ball, Alex Manninger makes a save.

4:34

The ball is delivered by Nicola Legrottaglie.

2:51

The assistant referee flags for offside against Joao Alves Jo. Direct free kick taken by Giorgio Chiellini.

1:39

Inswinging corner taken by Adam Johnson from the left by-line.

The referee starts the match.

It is the end of the first-half.

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

Match Preview

Juventus boss Luigi Del Neri feels it would be wrong to draw wider conclusions about Italian football on the strength of Serie A teams' poor performances in the Europa League.

The Bianconeri head into the match against Group A leaders Manchester City already with no chance of qualifying, as they are three points adrift of second-placed Lech Poznan with an inferior head-to-head record.

It is a situation mirrored elsewhere in the tournament with Palermo and Sampdoria also eliminated and only Napoli still alive going into the final round of group games.

Asked about the implications for Italian football, Del Neri said: "Our soccer is growing up. I look at Juventus and we are out of it, but not put back in our rightful place.

"We have lost, but we made a good impression in Manchester, or in Poland, where we tried to win despite hazardous weather conditions.

"I think my team played a more than respectable Europa League, besides facing many matches in a time of rebuilding."

With nothing to play for and an eye on Sunday's Serie A game at Chievo, Del Neri will field an under-strength line-up.

However, he insisted on www.juventus.com: "It's not true we'll play only young players. Obviously, at this moment, the match in Chievo is more important to us, but we'll try to play our part anyway, because we have the strength and the quality to achieve a good result and we'd like to win a match in this round."

 Juve have drawn all five of their matches to date. Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has left both Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli at home.

Mancini has chosen to rest a number of senior players with qualification assured and an important Barclays Premier League match against Everton to come on Monday.

Jo is the only senior striker in the group as Emmanuel Adebayor is still carrying a knock and Roque Santa Cruz is not on their squad list.

Formation:442Manager: Luigi Del Neri

Juventus

Formation: 442Manager: Roberto Mancini

Man City

  • Alex Manninger
  • Zdenek Grygera
  • Nicola Legrottaglie
  • Giorgio Chiellini
  • Armand Traore
  • Milos Krasic
  • Mohamed Sissoko
  • De Carvalho Felipe Melo
  • Simone Pepe
  • Nicolo Giannetti
  • Alessandro Del Piero
  • SUBS
  • Marco Storari
  • Vincenzo Iaquinta
  • Leonardo Bonucci
  • Marcel Buchel
  • Manuel Giandonato
  • Filippo Boniperti
  • Vincenzo Camilleri

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Match Report

Jo secures City top spot Manchester City secured top spot in Group A after coming from behind in their Europa League match to take a point against Juventus in Turin. Jo, the only senior striker in the team, rose to the challenge to cancel out the opening goal from Niccolo Giannetti. The Brazilian kept a cool head in the 77th minute to sweep the ball home at the back post following a cross from Adam Johnson. City manager Roberto Mancini made nine changes to his side, with only Jerome Boateng and Jo retaining their places following the Barclays Premier League victory over West Ham at the weekend. Micah Richards was given the captain's armband. Jo was partnered up front by Alex Nimely, the 19-year-old handed his first start by Mancini. City almost took the lead inside two minutes when Richards raced forward and drove in a cross only for Jo to see his effort blocked. Juventus again found themselves on the back foot two minutes later when James Milner unsuccessfully appealed for a penalty. Milner clipped a cross into the area and Alessandro Del Piero raised his arm but referee Istvan Vad allowed play to continue. Jo again came close before Juventus responded in the 11th minute when Del Piero broke into the area. Young defender Dedryck Boyata was perfectly positioned and made the clearance. The home side were anxious to finish the campaign with a victory after five successive draws and Del Piero cut inside in the 15th minute but his finish was poor, the ball going high over the crossbar. It was an open game with City's 1,500 travelling fans in good voice in the opening stages of the game. However, with Juventus already eliminated the Stadio Olimpico was deserted with only a few thousand fans turning up. The game was becoming scrappy - there were passes going astray on both sides on a freezing night. City, however, were looking the more threatening going forward with both Johnson and Milner seeing plenty of the ball. Nimely was then left hobbling, but recovered quickly after brief treatment in this rare appearance in the first team. Mancini then saw City go behind in the 43rd minute with a goal out of nothing. Del Piero delivered a cross to the back post and Giannetti steered it home after getting to the ball before Boyata. That goal put Juventus on course for their first victory in the group and left City with much work to do in the second half to turn things around. City pushed forward at the start of the second half and Jo flicked in a header that went narrowly wide of the post in the 46th minute. Four minutes later Jo found the net after latching onto a pass from Johnson only for his effort to be ruled out for offside. This was a better spell by City and Jo found Johnson in the area with a good cross. The England winger cut inside only to see his effort blocked by Zdenek Grygera. Juventus continued to look dangerous on the counter-attack and Milos Krasic whipped in a shot after 56 minutes that Shay Given did well to push over the crossbar. Back came City and they had another appeal for a penalty turned down in the 58th minute when Giorgio Chiellini appeared to handle a shot from Shaun Wright-Phillips. Mancini made his first change three minutes later when Pablo Zabaleta replaced Nimely. City were anxious to get the equaliser and Milner raced forward in the 67th minute but sent his effort wide of the target from a good position. City created another half-chance in the 75th minute when Johnson skipped to the byline and picked out Wright-Phillips. He attempted an ambitious bicycle kick that went high over the crossbar. The equaliser eventually came two minutes later, with Johnson supplying the pass and Jo tucking it away at the back post. It was only the Brazilian's second goal in the competition this season, and a welcome one at that. Then Johnson saw a free-kick go narrowly wide of the post in the 87th minute after Milner had been blocked by Mohamed Sissoko.

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