New York Red Bulls mow down Juventus


HARRISON (New Jersey): Jeremy Hall, Conor Chinn and Juan Pablo Angel scored second-half goals for the New York Red Bulls in their 3-1 win over Juventus in a friendly on Sunday.

Hall and Chinn netted in a five-minute spell early in the half, before Angel beat Juventus goalkeeper Alex Manninger in the 75th minute after getting on the end of a great cross by Dane Richards.

Amauri came on as a second-half substitute for the Serie A club and scored a 90th-minute consolation to the delight of the 18,735 crowd, many of whom wore the Italian team’s black and white colors.

Before Amauri’s goal, former Italy forward Alessandro Del Piero had the best chance for Juve in the 41st minute.

Luigi Del Neri, who was hired as Juventus’ new coach last week, was not at the game. Interim coach Alberto Zaccheroni was in charge.

Juventus was also missing a host of key players who were training with the Italy squad ahead of the World Cup. Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, defenders Fabio Cannavaro and Giorgio Chiellini, midfielders Mauro Camoranesi and Claudio Marchisio, and forward Vincenzo Iaquinta were the internationals absent but experienced players like Del Piero, David Trezeguet, Fabio Grosso and Diego were involved.

“We were all excited, standing in the line-up next to Del Piero and Grosso, and all those guys,” the 21-year-old Hall said.

“It’s an unbelievable feeling. But once you get on the field, we have nothing to lose. It’s a friendly. These are top international players.”

The Italian side finished the season in seventh place in Serie A and only qualified for the Europa League because Inter Milan won the league-and-cup double.

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