Juventus began the friendly encounter brightly and came close to opening the scoring within seven minutes when Alberto Cerri struck narrowly over the crossbar.
Wing-backs Pol Lirola and Alex Sandro were getting forwards well down the flanks, creating danger from open play, but the visitors’ next best chance came from Paulo Dybala’s whipped free-kick, which ended just inches over the top of Melbourne keeper Lawrence Thomas’ net.
By this point, Massimiliano Allegri’s men were well in the ascendancy and another Dybala free-kick culminated in Daniele Rugani hitting the post on the half hour with Thomas beaten. The stopper would go on to block another Cerri effort shortly afterwards.
Having weathered this sustained Bianconeri pressure, Melbourne would end the half strongly and very nearly edged in front when Besart Berisha’s bullet header from point-blank range forced a fine reflex save out of Neto.
With the game goalless at half-time, Allegri made eight changes to the line-up, and, in the 58th minute, he was rewarded for his decision when defensive substitute Carlos Blanco Moreno caught the keeper off his line to put his side ahead with a wonder strike from just in front of the halfway line.