Juventus gives up late equalizer

BY foxsports • September 16, 2010

Artjoms Rudnevs completed his hat trick in injury time Thursday to give Lech Poznan a 3-3 draw with Juventus in the Europa League.

Lech Poznan led 2-0 in the Group A match through Rudnevs' two goals inside the opening half hour - from the penalty spot in the 14th minute and in the 30th.

But Juventus hit back with a goal either side of halftime by defender Giorgio Chiellini and another by Alessandro Del Piero.

Chiellini's first came in first-half injury time before he equalized in the 50th minute. Del Piero put Juventus ahead in the 68th with a shot from outside the area.

Lech Poznan started confidently as Rudnevs tested goalkeeper Alex Manninger with a snap shot.

The penalty soon after Lech Poznan counterattacked and Brazil midfielder Felipe Melo brought down Slawomir Peszko. Rudnevs made no mistake from the spot with a right-footed drive.

The goal gave the Polish team belief, and Rudnevs doubled the lead when he was left unmarked in the area.

Juventus pulled a goal back when Chiellini rose above the defense to head home a free kick from Del Piero. The pair linked up again for Chiellini's second. The defender was left unmarked in the area to receive Del Piero's pass, and had time to pick his spot from close range.

When Del Piero put Juventus ahead it appeared that the game was over, and teammate Simone Pepe had a chance to wrap up the result but was denied by goalkeeper Krzysztof Kotorowski in the 89th.

Rudnevs made Juventus pay for its profligacy when he hit a long-range shot past Manninger just before the final whistle.
 


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