Melbourne Victory beat Juventus 4-3 on penalties in the International Champions Cup after a 1-1 draw in a match that saw Carlos Blanco score a stunning goal.
Juve youngster Carlos Blanco’s stunning goal from inside the centre circle gave Juve the lead in the 58th minute, but Jai Ingham netted an 83rd-minute equaliser for the A-League side.
That meant the contest went to penalties, which the Victory won after Stefano Padovan saw the decisive spot kick saved.
In the absence of Paul Pogba and injured duo Sami Khedira and Marchisio, young Gabonese midfielder Mario Lemina failed to take his chance in midfield, scuffing two good opportunities, the first after a fine nutmeg by Alex Sandro on 14 minutes.
Paulo Dybala curled a free kick just over the bar soon after as Juve searched for an opener, but the hosts were causing problems at the other end with accurate crosses toward frontman Besart Berisha.
Fahid Ben Khalfallah’s inswinging free kick toward the Albanian forced Neto into a punch and just before half-time the Brazilian goalkeeper made a fine save, denying Rashid Mahazi one-handed.
Shortly before the hour mark, the deadlock was broken by Blanco. The defender chested the ball down on the halfway line, took one step and lobbed goalkeeper Lawrence Thomas.
However, Melbourne didn’t give up and Jai Ingham finished a lovely one-touch move around the 18-yard box.
The hosts, for whom 16-year-old Sebastian Pasquai scored in the shootout, deservedly triumphed on spot-kicks after Padovan’s effort was saved by Thomas.
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