It was an evening of mixed fortunes for the Bianconeri looking to give their national sides’ preparations for the 2014 World Cup a boost by securing a positive result in last night’s international friendlies.
The day’s action for the Juve players called up by to represent their countries kicked off with Kwadwo Asamoah’s Ghana, who began their build up for this summer’s tournament in unfortunate fashion away against Montenegro in Podgorica.
The midfielder came on from the bench in the 66th minute, but was ultimately unable to prevent the Black Stars from drawing a blank, with a Dejan Damjanovic penalty converted in the very first minute eventually proving the winner.
Next on the agenda was Switzerland v Croatia, which featured Stephan Lichtsteiner in the starting line-up in St. Gallen. With the Juve man departing the action just after the hour mark, it was an absorbing game that in the end turned into a duel between Josip Drmic and Ivica Olic, scorers of all four goals in a 2-2 draw.
Over in Stuttgart, Mauricio Isla and Arturo Vidal’s Chile were taking on Germany. La Roja held their own against Joachim Low’s extremely talented side, but in the end succumbed to a Mario Gotze goal in a narrow 1-0 defeat.
It was a more positive outcome, meanwhile, for Paul Pogba and France. The midfielder played 81 minutes as Karim Benzema and Blaise Matuidi shot Les Bleus to a solid 2-0 victory over Holland at the Stade de France.
Finally, the Azzurri were unable to triumph against the reigning world champions Spain in Madrid, Pedro latching on to a sublime Andres Iniesta backheel and leaving Gigi Buffon with little chance of stopping the winning goal on 63 minutes.
Other than Juventus’ number one, Bianconeri Andrea Barzagli, Claudio Marchisio and Dani Osvaldo were all in Cesare Prandelli’s starting line-up at the Vicente Calderon, while Andrea Pirlo came on at half-time.