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Late show lifts City rivals Juventus

  • 13 December 2010 13:04
  • Posted by Peter Ferguson

Juventus will be buzzing when they go into Thursday's final Europa League group game against City on the back of a never-say-die victory over Lazio that sends them second in Serie A.

Italy defender Giorgo Chiellini gave Juve the lead in just two minutes but Mauro Zarate levelled inside the quarter-hour mark and it looked as though Juve would lose ground on leaders Milan.

But four minutes into added time, Lazio goalkeeper Fernando Muslera could only help Serb star Milos Krasic's cross into his own net to hoist Juventus to the head of the chasing pack, albeit six points off the top.

City have already qualified for the knockout stages in February, of course, so Roberto Mancini's men can travel to Turin without trepidation as the Italian giants gear up to try and close out the group in style.

Coach Luigi del Neri said: "The players gave a lot of energy and we saw their willingness - we celebrated in the dressing-room afterwards. This victory will give the side a lift for the rest of the season."

Meanwhile, good news from Salzburg for all Blues fans - their adopted hero Alan scored his first goal for the Red Bulls in 11 Bundesliga matches to clinch a 2-1 victory over Sturm Graz from a goal down.

The Brazilian youngster's 54th-winner was a straightforward tap-in rather than the solo sensation his City fans would desire, but no matter - it leaves Salzburg, who entertain Lech Poznan on Thursday, in third place.

Alan's defending champions now go into the Austrian winter break just four points behind leaders Josta Ried.

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