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Juventus draws 1-1 at Spezia

Juventus draws 1-1 at Spezia

Pavel Nedved scored a 90th-minute equalizer Saturday to give Juventus a 1-1 draw with Spezia that maintained its two-point lead atop Italy's Serie B.
Juventus looked to be heading for only its second defeat of the season before the veteran midfielder struck with a shot from the edge of the area.
"It was nice to score like that," Nedved said. "But (Spezia) perhaps deserved something more (from the game)."
Simone Confalone scored Spezia's goal in the 39th.
Juventus, which was demoted and penalized nine points in the Italian match-fixing scandal, has 39 points, two more than Bologna, which beat Albinoleffe 1-0 to climb into second place.
Spezia, which had only won one of eight games prior to the match, was the better side in the first half. Massimiliano Guidetti nearly opened the scoring in the 16th, but was denied by an excellent last-ditch tackle from Juventus defender Giuliano Giannichedda.
Two minutes later, David Trezeguet had a chance for the Turin powerhouse at the other end but headed straight at goalkeeper Nicola Santoni.
Trezeguet and Alessandro Del Piero squandered two other opportunities before Confalone met Guilherme Do Prado's cross to give Spezia the lead.
Guidetti almost made it 2-0 shortly after. The forward dribbled through the Bianconeri's defense in the 41st but was unable to beat Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.
Juventus woke up after the break but struggled to beat Santoni.
The goalkeeper made a double-save off point-blank shots by Trezeguet and Del Piero in the 50th and parried Mauro Camoranesi's drive in the 63rd.
Buffon was also kept busy _ denying Confalone and Guidetti midway through the half _ and looked to have recovered from a back injury which kept him out of last weekend's 4-2 win over Bari.
Spezia had a goal disallowed in the 76th after substitute Eder Bau strayed offside. Three minutes later, Giannichedda was sent off for a badly timed tackle on striker Massimiliano Varricchio.
But Juventus continued to push, and Santoni made another double-save in the 83rd, this time off Del Piero and Raffaele Palladino.
Buffon also saved a fierce shot from Confalone in the 84th.
But Nedved had the final say, capping an energetic individual performance with the equalizer.
Juventus defender Jonathan Zebina missed the game through suspension.


Updated : 2020-11-30 20:21 GMT+08:00