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Draw specialists Juventus need Nordsjælland boost

Published: Tuesday 30 October 2012, 9.45CET
After three Group E draws, Juventus will be looking to put a first victory on the board while FC Nordsjælland go into the game buoyant after claiming their first point last time out.
Draw specialists Juventus need Nordsjælland boost
Mirko Vučinić (right) celebrates after scoring for Juventus on matchday three ©AFP/Getty Images
Published: Tuesday 30 October 2012, 9.45CET

Draw specialists Juventus need Nordsjælland boost

After three Group E draws, Juventus will be looking to put a first victory on the board while FC Nordsjælland go into the game buoyant after claiming their first point last time out.

Juventus and FC Nordsjælland are both still seeking a first win in Group E but, while the Danish champions travel to Turin in optimistic mood having held their Italian counterparts in Copenhagen on matchday two, Juve know they must start turning draws into wins to threaten the section's top two.

• Mikkel Beckman's 50th-minute goal looked to have given Nordsjælland a famous first UEFA Champions League win on matchday three, but an 81st-minute leveller from Mirko Vučinić meant they had to settle for a point.

• While that at least opened Nordsjælland's account after defeats at FC Shakhtar Donetsk (0-2) and at home to holders Chelsea FC (0-4), it also continued Juve's pattern of coming from behind to rescue a draw. They were two goals behind at Stamford Bridge on matchday one before coming back to 2-2, and fought back to draw 1-1 at home to Shakhtar in their first European game at their new stadium.

• Juve have now drawn their last nine games in UEFA competition, having recorded six draws in the 2010/11 UEFA Europa League group stage.

Match background
• Nordsjælland had never faced Italian opponents before matchday three while Juventus had only taken on a team from Denmark in one previous tie.

• On 15 September 1983 they beat Hvidovre IF 4-1 in Copenhagen in the European Champion Clubs' Cup first round. The second leg in Italy finished 3-3, the Danish side scoring twice in the final seven minutes to snatch a draw with all their goals coming in the last 11 minutes.

• Juventus, winners of the Scudetto in 2011/12 and unbeaten in the 38-game season, were last in the UEFA Champions League in 2009/10 when they began with a 1-1 home draw against FC Girondins de Bordeaux. They went on to beat Maccabi Haifa FC 1-0 at home but bowed out after losing 4-1 to FC Bayern München in Turin.

• Nordsjælland won their maiden Danish Superliga title last season and have had four campaigns in the UEFA Cup and UEFA Europa League, only managing to get through to the first round proper twice. On each occasion they lost to Greek opponents, going down to Panionios GSS in 2003/04 and Olympiacos FC in 2008/09.

• Last year the Farum club were knocked out of the UEFA Europa League in the play-offs, beaten 2-1 by Sporting Clube de Portugal in the second leg after the game in Denmark had ended goalless.

Team ties
• Michael Laudrup, father of Nordsjælland forward Andreas, was on Juventus' books between 1983 and 1989, scoring 16 goals in 102 games.

• Nicklas Bendtner has scored 21 goals in 54 appearances for Denmark but has never played in the Danish league.

• Nicolai Stokholm and Bendtner were part of the Denmark team beaten 3-1 in Italy in FIFA World Cup qualifying on 16 October, Kasper Lorentzen coming on as a second-half substitute while Jesper Hansen and Jores Okore were on the bench. Andrea Pirlo captained Italy, whose side also included Giorgio Chiellini, Andrea Barzagli and Claudio Marchisio plus substitute Emanuele Giaccherini.

• Michael Parkhurst was an unused substitute as the United States defeated Italy 1-0 in a friendly on 29 February in Genoa. Gianluigi Buffon, Barzagli, Chiellini, Pirlo, Marchisio, Giovinco and Alessandro Matri all played for Italy.

• Andreas Laudrup was on the bench for a 2-2 Under-21 friendly draw between Denmark and Italy on 28 July 2010. Luca Marrone was in the Azzurrini's starting lineup.

• Mark Gundelach was in the Denmark U20 team that suffered a 3-1 loss to Italy in Hvidovre on 18 April.

Last updated: 05/11/12 12.23CET

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