Salzburg enjoy their weekend drive
- 15 November 2010 11:33
- Posted by Peter Ferguson
These goalless draws get everywhere - City's next Europa League opponents Salzburg, due here in just over a fortnight, recorded a blank to take a point at high-flying Sturm Graz at the weekend.
The Austrian champions, who have blown hot and cold this season, will come to the City of Manchester Stadium as group backmarkers on December 1 but were happy enough with their latest 0-0 scoreline against second-placed Graz.
The Red Bulls were overshadowed by Sebastien Vettel's Formula One triumph for the brand in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix earlier in the day, but satisfied coach Huub Stevens called the performance "a definite improvement".
Juventus, our hosts in the final group game in Turin on December 16, continue to press the Serie A frontrunners despite being held 1-1 by Roma after taking a 35th-minute lead through Vincenzo Iaquinta.
He was indebted to a fine pass from Alberto Aquilani, enjoying his loan season from Liverpool, but on the stroke of half time Simone Pepe handled in the penalty area and Francesco Totti converted for his first of the season.
Juve now sit fourth in the table, level on points with Inter and six points adrift of Serie A leaders Milan.
Improving Lech Poznan followed their 2-2 draw with Polonia in midweek by beating Lechia 2-0, the Gdansk side falling to two goals in six second-half minutes from Slawomir Peszko and Artjoms Rudnevs.