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Preview: All Stars v Juventus

​All eyes will be on Foxtel A-League All Stars skipper Alessandro Del Piero when he goes up against the club he made his name at over almost two decades.

The All Stars face a huge task on Sunday night, facing a Juventus outfit that will not only be high on confidence but with all their superstars on board.

Josep Gombau’s side have had a strong preparation with around 10 days to prepare and one training game hitout against the Young Socceroos, but will need to be at their best to topple the in-form Italian champions in front of more than 60,000 fans at ANZ Stadium.

Juventus were last in Australia six years ago when they played against Melbourne Victory but this is a very different team now.

They have won the last three Serie A titles – amassing more than 100 points last season – and have brought with them a squad choc-full of world-class talent.

But the club has endured some form of change in the off-season, with title-winning coach Antonio Conte deciding to quit the club suddenly.

Massimiliano Allegri took the reins and after a slow start, things picked up considerably in the first stop of their Asian Tour in Indonesia.

The Bianconeri crushed an Indonesian Select XI 8-1 in Jakarta, with Spanish international striker Fernando Llorente bagging a first-half hat-trick.

Playing the side’s favoured 3-5-2 formation, it was easily their most fluent performance of the pre-season and things are only going to get better as the players edge closer to peak fitness.

Given the Serie A season is only a few weeks away, Allegri is expected to select a strong line-up, with the likes of Gianluigi Buffon, Patrice Evra, Carlos Tevez, Giorgio Chiellini and Paul Pogba all expected to start.

New signings like Kingsley Coman and Roberto Pereyra impressed Allegri in Jakarta and are also likely to get plenty of game time, although Arturo Vidal’s availability is less clear.

The Chilean midfielder continues to be linked to a move to Manchester United and has been battling an injury, meaning he may struggle to get on the field.

That will be of little concern to the Foxtel A-League All Stars, who are desperate to put on a strong showing against Juve.

After losing 5-1 to Manchester United in the inaugural event last year, the All Stars squad have been very vocal in the build-up talking about their determination to get a result.  

And they have given themselves the best possible chance with their strong preparation.

Gombau’s troops also have the added motivation of playing with Juventus legend Del Piero, who will play his final match on Australian soil against his former club.

With defenders Matthew Spiranovic and Sasa Ognenovski forced to pull out of the squad, championship-winning Brisbane combination Matt Smith and Jade North are set to marshal the defence in a 4-3-3.

Central Coast Mariners pair Josh Rose and Storm Roux could fill the fullback roles in a midfield that will include Albert Riera, Thomas Broich, Marcelo Carrusca and Gui Finkler.

Melbourne Victory striker Besart Berisha, who scored the only All Stars goal last year, will play a pivotal role leading the attack. 

The FOXTEL A-League All Stars will meet Juventus at ANZ Stadium in Sydney on 10 August with the match to be broadcast live and exclusive on the Seven Network nationally. 

Match Details
FOXTEL A-League All Stars v Juventus FC
Sunday 10 August 2014
ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Kick-Off: 7:30 pm AEST
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Ticket Prices
Category A - $169.50 all tickets
Category B - $99.50 Adult, $59.50 Concession, $258.50 Family
Category C - $59.50 Adult, $39.50 Concession, $158.50 Family
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Juventus scored twice in the dying minutes to snatch a 3-2 win over a superb Foxtel A-League All Stars side in an entertaining clash on Sunday night at ANZ Stadium.

Adelaide United ’s Marcelo Carrusca opened the scoring inside the first ten minutes before a second half equaliser from Fernando Llorente.

Wanderers striker Tomi Juric with a thumping drive inside the final 15 minutes gave the local side a sniff of a famous win.

But two late goals to Paul Pogba then Pepe sealed the win for the Italian champions.

In a keenly contested clash in front of 55,364 fans at ANZ Stadium, Juventus were given a very tough workout ahead of their Serie A defence in 20 days’ time away to Chievo Verona.

Utilising a 4-3-3 formation with star of the night Alessandro Del Piero positioned as a left sided striker alongside central striker Besart Berisha and Bernie Ibini on the right, the All Stars began superbly carving out a host of good chances in an impressive opening quarter of an hour.

After just six minutes Del Piero had a chance with a free kick on the edge of the box. A sensational start didn’t materialise with the wall doing its job.

But Gigi Buffon was soon picking the ball out of the net when Thomas Broich deftly released Marcelo Carrusca who ghosted into the box, side-stepped one defender and slotted home low past the Juventus captain’s diving hand.

It should’ve been 2-0 shortly after when Manny Muscat stole possession inside the All Stars’ defensive third. 

He sprinted forward from right back and the counter-attack ended with the excellent Berisha finding Del Piero who with the goal on sight got under the ball and fired it over the bar.

Buffon then denied a brilliant effort from Berisha who profited from a defensive lapse on the Juve left. The Victory striker’s turn and shot was goal-bound but Buffon expertly pushed it away for a corner.

Juventus striker Carlos Tevez was the most likely outlet in the first half. First, his low shot beat Eugence Galekovic but hit the wrong side of the post. And minutes later the Argentine’s long-range effort was on target but couldn’t trouble the Reds keeper.

At half-time the All Stars took a deserved one-nil into the dressing rooms.

With no changes at half-time, the second half began in similar fashion. Early chances to the Hyundai A-League’s best should’ve extended the lead with Broich’s shot deflected wide the best of the early onslaught.

At the other end, a trademark Pirlo free kick almost caught out Galekovic before Tevez wriggled past Rose and his teasing cross found the head of Claudio Marchisio at the far post, but he somehow directed the ball across the goal.

The pressure was building and just before the hour mark Evra’s pin-point cross found Spanish striker Fernando Llorente who found a yard of space to easily guide home a header from in front of goal. 

A host of changes were made shortly after with Del Piero one to make way. The star of the night came off to a standing ovation and hugs from teammates and opposition players.

With 20 minutes to go Juventus went to their bench and minutes later Gombau brought on three more subs.

One of the substitutes was Tomi Juric who made a sensational impact.

Asamoah’s mistake was pounced on by Gui Finkler who set up the Wanderers striker to smash the ball past substitute keeper Marco Storari.

But with a win in sight for the home side, sub Michael Thwaite’s poor clearance fell to the excellent Paul Pogba who smashed home a late equaliser.

Pepe’s long-range effort almost won it for Juve in time added on. But he was to have the final say. 

From the resulting corner the All Stars failed to clear  and Pepe's thumping shot burst the net to win the game. 

The Italian powerhouse proved why they are champions of Italy with a 3-2 victory against a plucky Foxtel A-League All Stars side.  

Foxtel A-League All Stars 2 (Carrusca 9', Juric 76')

Juventus 3 (Llorente 58', Pogba 87', Pepe 90+3')