Lech hold off Juve to gain progress(uefa.com)
Lech Poznan 1-1 Juventus: Bianconeri Bow Out Of Europa League Despite Late Iaquinta Equaliser(Goal.com)
Lech Poznan took the lead early on through an Artjoms Rudņevs header, however a late Vincenzo Iaquinta goal brought Juventus level, but the Italians could not find a winner and tumbled out of the Europa League.
The home side started much stronger than their opponents with Rudnevs being the first to have a meaningful chance at goal with a rasping shot from 25 yards out that forced Alex Manninger into an acrobatic save.
Despite having more of the ball Lech almost gifted Juventus an equaliser when Giorgio Chiellini pounced on a dropped catch by Krzysztof Kotorowski, but his shot went wide of the post.
Then just moments later the home side took the lead when Rudnevs leapt above Chiellini to power home at the near post from a Semir Stilic corner.
Not long after, the striker almost made it two, as he peeled off Chiellini once again but he headed wide this time.
Lech's spell of dominance gradually came to an end as Juve moved up a gear, driven on by Momo Sissoko who stumbled his way through the home side's defence but Manuel Arboleda cleared for a corner when the ball had been bouncing around the six yard box.
Kotorowski spilled another ball, this time an Alessandro Del Piero free kick then with the ball falling to Leonardo Bonucci, the defender was four yards out and should have scored but he his effort hit a scrambling and somewhat lucky Kotorowski.
As the second half began the referee used his common sense and produced an orange ball after the break as snow dusted the Stadion Miejski during the half-time interval.
With the change in ball, the home team changed their approach by dropping deeper and looking to hit the Bianconeri on the counter attack. As a result Juventus were able to pile on the pressure but their lack of incision in the final third made life easy for Lech to repel attack after attack.
Simone Pepe did have a notable effort in the freezing conditions but he pulled his shot from the edge of the area wide.
Juventus though, nearly paid for their inability to break down a stubborn defence when Marcin Kikut took the ball off Chiellini on the edge of the area and made his way into the penalty box only to fluff the opportunity as he scuffed his shot and the ball trickled wide of Manninger's post.
Snow continued to fall and Juventus struggled in the sub-zero conditions, though they plugged away with Milos Krasic causing problems on the right side with his direct running.
The Serb then created a glorious chance for Del Piero as his cross was put on the head of the Juve captain but he nodded wide from six yards out. But just as it looked as if the Italians were dead and buried, Iaqunita brought them level.
It was Krasic who provided the assist as he played the ball through on the right for the striker who expertly tucked the ball into the far left corner.
Alberto Libertazzi almost won the match for Juve when he found himself unmarked three yards out but his header could only find the welcoming arms of Kotorowski.
This result coupled with Manchester City's win over Red Bull Salzburg, means Juventus have been knocked out of the Europa League.