Champions League

Juve avoids upset, draws Copenhagen

Champions League highlights: Copenhagen vs. Juventus
Champions League highlights: Copenhagen vs. Juventus
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COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP)

Juventus needed a second-half equalizer from Fabio Quagliarella to earn a draw 1-1 at FC Copenhagen in their opening match in Champions League Group B on Tuesday.

The visitors missed an almost endless succession of chances, especially after the break, as they began their Group B campaign slowly. At half-time it looked like it could have been worse, with the Danes leading from Nicolai Jorgensen's 13th-minute goal.

But Fabio Quagliarella levelled nine minutes into the second half. He also headed against the bar as the Italians created enough chances to win several games, only to see them go begging, thanks to a series of splendid saves by Wiland.

Antonio Conte had warned his side ahead of the match they could not afford a slow start to the competition like they had last year, when they drew their opening three games before recovering to qualify. But his team appeared not to heed his advice.

Carlos Tevez fired wide following an Andrea Pirlo corner as they served an early warning to the hosts, but the Italians fell behind in the 13th minute. Pierre Bengtsson swept a free-kick into the area from the right and Jorgensen was on hand to slot the ball home from close range at the back post.

Juventus almost responded in the 20th minute, but Wiland produced two superb saves to keep his side in front. First he tipped Giorgio Chiellini's header from an Arturo Vidal cross over the bar and then, from the resulting corner from Pirlo, turned away Paul Pogba's effort.

The Italians kept coming, Angelo Ogbonna heading over and Quagliarella and Tevez shooting over. Pogba then had another golden chance only to head wide as the visitors trailed at the break.

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Conte's side started the second half in similar vein, Tevez bringing another save out of Wiland. The 32-year-old keeper was finally beaten in the 54th minute when Federico Peluso fed Quagliarella, who fired high into the net from the centre of the area.

The search was now on for the winner, by still Wiland proved a huge obstacle. He parried Pirlo's driven shot from just outside the area and then made a rather easier stop to keep out Stephan Lichtsteiner's effort barely two minutes later.

When Quagliarella beat him again in the 64th minute, the crossbar came to the keeper's rescue as the striker's header came back off the frame of the goal. Vidal was the next to be denied by Wiland's block before the wasteful Pogba headed wide from a Pirlo cross.

Still Juventus carved out chance after chance, and produced miss after miss. Sebastian Giovinco's shot from the right side of the area was blocked by Wiland, who saw Tevez's injury-time effort go harmlessly wide as Copenhagen held out.

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