Juventus defeat A-League All Stars

Serie A giants Juventus have staged a late fight-back to defeat the A-League All Stars 3-2 at Sydney's ANZ Stadium in front of 55,364 fans on Sunday night.

Josep Gombau’s troops drew first blood thanks to an early goal courtesy of Adelaide United's Marcelo Carrusca in the ninth minute.

A goal from Fernand Llorente after half-time restored parity before substitute Tomi Juric fired the hosts in front a minute after coming on as a second-half substitute.

However the All Stars were denied a memorable win after late goals from Paul Pogba and Simone Pepe sealed a 3-2 win for the visitors.

Unsurprisingly, Juventus boss Massimo Allegri fielded a similar side to the one that thrashed the Indonesian All Stars 8-1 just days ago, with the midfield trio of Andrea Pirlo, Paul Pogba and Claudio Marchisio all handed starts.

While, at least on paper, many suggested that it would be a one-sided affair the match was anything but with the All Stars getting off to a flying start.

The All Stars immediately put the Juventus defence on the back foot with slick attacking football.

Their exploits nearly paid dividends as Carrusca latched onto a high Del Piero pass, only for Angelo Ogbonna to intervene at the last second to deny the hosts a certain goal.

As the minutes wore on it seemed that there was no reprieve for The Old Lady, as the All Stars dominated possession and all the early chances.

The All Stars eventually found a breakthrough in the ninth minute after Carrusca neatly tucked the ball past Gianluigi Buffon into the bottom left-hand corner.

Allegri’s men slowly found their feet as the half progressed however were restricted to half-chances, with Carlos Tevez coming closest on 40 minutes only for the upright to deny him a goal.

The second half began in similar fashion as the All Stars looked to exploit Juve’s leaky makeshift defence and Ogbonna was forced to concede an early corner only for Carrusca’s deflected shot to bobble wide.

Juventus eventually found a reply on the hour mark to restore parity after Pirlo found Evra out wide before the former Manchester United man crossed the ball into the box for Fernando Llorente to comfortably head past Eugene Galekovic.

With less than half an hour left Gombau attempted to alter the course of the match, instigating four changes which saw former Juventus and Sydney FC player Alesandro Del Piero subbed off to a standing ovation.

His tactics paid dividends immediately with Tomi Juric helping the All Star regain the lead on 77 minutes, firing a low shot past Marco Storari who replaced Buffon in goals.

However, any chances of an upset were dealt a huge blow when Paul Pogba equalised two minutes from time, hammering a half-volley into the top-left hand corner off a Pirlo corner.

Simone Pepe then sealed the win for the visitors in the third minute of stoppage time after the ball landed kindly for the substitute off a deflected Sebastian Giovinco shot.