Salzburg seize first point at Juventus
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Juventus were held to a draw by UEFA Europa League Group A basement team Red Bull Salzburg at the Bullen-Arena in Austria tonight.

The Austrians appeared to control the first half and took the lead before half-time through Dusan Svento. Juventus drew level in the 48th minute when substitute Milos Krasic made a swift impact two minutes after coming off the bench. The result will be of little comfort for Juventus coach Luigi Del Neri, whose side are winless after recording their third consecutive draw in the competition.

The Italians stand third in the group, four points behind leaders Manchester City and one point adrift of Lech Poznan. Salzburg lie at the foot of the pool with one point from three games.

The first chance came after eight minutes as Gonzalo Zarate's strike from outside the area went wide of Juventus goalkeeper Alexander Manninger's far post. In the 25th minute, Alessandro Del Piero was denied by goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel with a stinging drive from 30 yards. At the other end, Manninger was forced to fully stretch to clear David Mendes Da Silva's effort from long range.

It was Salzburg who would find the net first, though, as Mendes Da Silva fed Svento and he coolly fired home from 12 yards, leaving Manninger with no chance to save. Del Neri decided to make a change early in the second half with Krasic replacing Zdenek Grygera. The substitution paid off with Krasic scoring the equaliser soon after. Krasic got behind Paolo De Ceglie's cross from the left and fired from six yards past Tremmel.

The home side immediately went in search of a winner and Roman Wallner brought a good save out of Manninger just minutes after the hour mark. Shortly after, Christoph Leitgeb's volley went just wide of the far post. With 20 minutes remaining, Del Piero fired high and wide from 25 yards as Juventus struggled to put a good move together.

The hosts could have clinched victory deep in stoppage time but Manninger made a crucial save from substitute Jakob Jantscher's right-footed shot from the heart of the penalty area.