Copenhagen vs. Juventus: Final score 1-1; Denmark proves to be a tricky trip for Juventus

Claudio Villa

Once more Juventus went to Denmark, and once more the Old Lady walked away with just a point. The visitors applied plenty of pressure, but Copenhagen goalkeeper Johan Wiland was immense between the sticks.

Last year, Juventus went to Denmark and were held to a 1-1 draw by Norsdjaelland. Apparently, Antonio Conte isn't always great about learning lessons, because he elected to field a slightly weakened lineup against Copenhagen, this season's first opponent. It couldn't be because Conte was looking ahead to this weekend's Serie A matches, as Juventus host newly-promoted Hellas Verona. But, for whatever reason -- fitness issues, injury niggles, tactical genius -- Conte inserted Angelo Ogbonna, Federico Peluso and Fabio Quagliarella into his starting XI, replacing Andrea Barzagli, Kwadwo Asamoah and Mirko Vucinic.

The strategy didn't work so well in the first half. Carlos Tévez came close in the fifth minute, but Copenhagen came to play, refusing to back down from the Italian giants. They pressured instead, and it took just 15 minutes for that pressure to pay off. The bianconeri failed to adequately clear the ball after a free kick, and Copenhagen took advantage. Nicolai Jørgensen came racing past Giorgio Chiellini to slot past Gianluigi Buffon.

Juve almost immediately had an equalizer, but couldn't quite close the deal. Johan Wiland spilled the shot from Tévez, giving a chance to Fabio Quagliarella, but a flying clearance ensured Copenhagen took the lead into the break.

As the second half started, Tévez picked back up where he left off. The Argentine had an excellent opportunity a few minutes after the restart, going one-on-one with Wiland. Incredibly, the keeper stuck out his foot and blocked the shot, probably with his heart thudding in his ears.

But there was nothing Wiland could do about Quagliarella's equalizer. A Tévez dummy allowed Quagliarella to run on to the end of a cross from Peluso. Wiland could only watch as Quags smashed his strike under the bar and into the back of the net.

Perhaps a bit surprisingly, Copenhagen didn't simply sit back and attempt to keep Juventus to just one away goal. With about 20 minutes left to go, Jørgensen tried for another, but his shot flew just over the bar. Shortly after, Christian Bolaños got on the end of ball from Rurik Gislason, but the Costa Rican saw his shot block.

The most impressive performance from Copenhagen was undoubtedly that of Wiland, however. The goalkeeper was immense, blocking shot after shot from the bianconeri shirts. Conte tried to rescue a win with some creative substitutions, replacing Peluso with birthday boy Paolo De Ceglie and then, even more strangely, bringing on Sebastian Giovinco for Fabio Quagliarella.

Copenhagen: Wiland; Jacobsen, Mellberg, R Sigurdsson, Bengtsson; Bolaños (Toutouh 79), Claudemir (Margreitter 86), Delaney, Braaten; Adi (Gislason), N Jorgensen

Juventus: Buffon; Bonucci, Ogbonna, Chiellini; Lichtsteiner (Isla 88), Vidal, Pirlo, Pogba, Peluso (De Ceglie 73); Quagliarella (Giovinco 77), Tévez

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