Round up of Man City's Europa League group rivals Juventus, Lech Poznan and Salzburg - Manchester City FC

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Juventus put up the shutters

  • 04 October 2010 11:30
  • Posted by Peter Ferguson

Juventus certainly took inspiration from their hard-fought Europa League draw against the Blues at the City of Manchester Stadium last Thursday.

This time they didn't manage to score, but Juve's goalless draw in the "Derby D'Italia" against the old enemy Inter Milan at the San Siro went down just as well with their fans.

Mario Balotelli, recovering from his knee surgery, was there to see his former club held in a match dubbed "the draw of peace" by the Press, a reference to the fixture's notorious volatility over the years.

Juve's performance meant the fixture finished goalless for the first time since 2001 and allowed another of Roberto Mancini's old clubs, Lazio, to go top of Serie A.

Meanwhile Salzburg, bottom of City's group after their 2-0 defeat in Poland, bounced back with a 2-1 away victory over Ried to complete the double over one of the early-season pacemakers in the Austrian Bundesliga.

Teenage midfielder Stefan Hierlander, signed in the summer, came off the bench to snatch a late winner for the Red Bulls, who stand seventh in the table with two games in hand as they defend their championship crown.

Lech Poznan, next up at the City of Manchester Stadium in the Europa League later this month, were pipped 1-0 at GKS Belchatow yesterday.

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