Juventus 3-3 Lech PoznańBy: Marcus | September 17th, 2010
If Artjoms Rudnevs is not your personal man of the match form this game then there must be something wrong with you. The 22 year old Latvian completed his hat-trick against the Old Lady in injury time to give his side a dramatic equaliser and a point in their opening game of Group A of the Europa League.
Most would not have given the Polish champions a chance against Juventus and so no one was surprised when the Italian giants controlled the early part of the game with Milos Krasic causing all sorts of problems down the wing. However, time and time again the Serbian’s deliveries failed to meet their intended target. Lech, on the other hand, always looked threatening on the break and this is how the first goal came about. Krivets found Peszko on the right and as the midfielder looked to come inside he was brought down by Melo and the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Rudnevs stepped up, sent Manninger the wrong way and picked up his first of three goals.
Things went from bad to worse for Juve on the half hour mark when desperate defending was not enough to stop Lech doubling their lead. Rudnevs this time scoring from open play albeit into an open goal from six yards out. The old lady was rattled and Lech began to assert some control over the game but the Italian side got a goal back just before half-time through Chiellini though he can thank some dubious defensive play.
As is often the case, a goal just before half-time was crucial and sparked a Juventus comeback in the second period. Chiellini got his second from a header but the pick of the goals was a 30 yard wonder strike from Alessandro Del Piero. The Italian side now had the lead and were clearly happy to sit on it. This tactic looked like it was about to pay off until that man Rudnevs popped up again with a strike which, in my opinion, surpassed Del Piero’s efforts though you can judge for yourself below.
Lech get a deserved draw after a surprisingly gritty performance at the Stadio Olimpico. Few would have expected this result and fewer still this scoreline. The Ekstraklasa champions still look unlikely to qualify in a group which also contains English outfit Manchester City but if they can perform like this in their other games then who knows….