Nordsjaelland 1-1 Juventus: Vucinic rescues point for Bianconeri

Juventus drew 1-1 with Nordsjaelland at the Parken Stadium on matchday three of the Champions League on Tuesday.

Mikkel Beckmann gave the Danes the lead early in the second half, but Mirko Vucinic levelled the score and earned a point for the Bianconeri late in the game.

The Old Lady took the early impetuous with Arturo Vidal and Andrea Pirlo seeing shots from distance fly wide, before Sebastian Giovinco saw a great opportunity fly over the bar from 10 years out.

It took a while for the Danes to get into the game, but Kasper Lorentzen did get a shot in to test Gianluigi Buffon.

Then Joshua John tried an audacious chip on the Juve goalkeeper, who looked to have handled the ball outside the area, but the referee decided the ball only his his chest and no further action was taken.

Giovinco should have found the net moments later, when he rounded the goalkeeper but took the ball too wide and could only shoot into the side netting.

Towards the end of the first period, Alessandro Matri saw a head go wide, Giovinco had a shot blocked as did Claudio Marchisio.

Juve suffered a blow early in the second half when Nordsjaelland took the lead through Beckmann, whose freekick from the edge of the penalty area sailed past a helpless Buffon.

The away side though looked to immediately get back in level terms and peppered the Nordsjaelland with shots but goalkeeper Hansen stood firm.

Pirlo went close from a freekick as Juve dominated possession and pinned their opponents back but found the Danish side difficult to break down.

As the half wore on Nordsjaelland struggled to have any meaningful possession and had Hansen to thank after his excellent save denied Vidal.

But Vucinic brought the score level on 80 minutes after steering home a Mauricio Isla cross. Both sides then went looking for a winner but none was forthcoming and the match ended in a draw.

Elsewhere in Group F, Chelsea succumbed to a 2-1 defeat against Shakhtar Donetsk, meaning the Ukrainians top the standings on seven points, three points clear of the reigning European champions, with Juve sitting third a further point behind.

Nordsjaelland: J Hansen; Parkhurst, Okore, Runje, Mtiliga; Adu, Stokholm; Laudrup (Christensen 70), Lorentzen (Christiansen 88), John; Beckmann (Nordstrand 67)

Juventus: Buffon; Lucio (Bendtner 76), Bonucci, Chiellini; Isla, Vidal (Giaccherini 82), Pirlo, Marchisio, De Ceglie; Matri (Vu?ini? 70), Giovinco VIP Lounge