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Melbourne Victory get pumped in Juventus friendly

A JUVENTUS team minus their biggest stars have put on a show in front of 45,000 Melbourne fans to emerge 4-1 winners against a valiant Melbourne Victory side.

Melbourne v Juventus: Watch the football match highlights and goals

Juventus scored 3 late goals after a 65th minute penalty turned the tide against a resurgent Melbourne side after a cracking Hernandez shot from outside the box. Two late goals from Marchionni and Palladino in injury time capped of a dominant game for the Italians.Juventus Melbourne Victory

The difference in quality was soon apparent when Nicola Legrottaglie put Juventus ahead in just the 6th-minute with an AFL style leaping header. It could have been more but the Melbourne defence led by Captain Kevin Muscat held firm.

Juventus returning from the break with the score at 1-0, got back into the swing of things almost immediately when Marchionni almost doubled their lead in the 54th-minute.

The only way to stem the tide against the Italians was for Melbourne Victory to score and that is just what they did. In the 56th-minute Costa Rican international Hernandez connected with his right foot from just outside the 16-yard box hitting the roof of the net. Aussie-born goalkeeper Jess Vanstrattan standing in goal for the black and white, had little time to react.

This goal changed the flow of the game and Melbourne created several more chances. Only two minutes later, Hernandez broke free of the defence and should have had doubled his tally and put the Victory ahead but took too long to take his shot.

Juventus took the lead when Seb Ryall was adjudged to have pulled down Marchionni in the box and the replays suggested that the referee was right. Palladino scored from the resulting penalty with his shot hit the inside of the left upright.Highlights of tonights match between Juventus and Mebourne Victory will be available on Real Football shortly.


Melbourne Victory v Juventus Result
1 – 4
Telstra Dome, Melbourne

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Published on May 31, 2008

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