Fernando Llorente struck twice as Juventus began their pre-season campaign with a 3-2 defeat in this afternoon’s workout against local side Lucento.
In a behind closed doors friendly, the hosts dominated for large spells of the game but a combination of inspired goalkeeping and stubborn defending prevented them from adding to the Spanish frontman’s brace.
Despite starting the brighter of the two sides and going close to taking the lead through a Sebastian Giovinco free-kick that hit the crossbar, it was in fact Lucento who broke the deadlock when Coppo rose highest to head home from a corner.
But the Bianconeri fought back and deservedly got back on level terms when Llorente picked up the ball on the edge of the box, turned expertly away from his marker and curled a left-footed effort into the top corner of the Lucento net on 30 minutes.
Three minutes later, the Spaniard was at it again as he put Juventus ahead, converting emphatically with his left foot after snatching a yard of space on the edge of the box.
The second-half saw new arrivals Roberto Pereyra and Kingsley Coman both take to the field as part of a flurry of changes, with both showing some neat touches in attacking midfield roles.
But it was to be Lucento who had the final say through late goals from Cavazzi and Cretazzi, with Pereyra going a whisker away from snatching an equaliser courtesy of a right-footed shot that cannoned off the base of the post.
Juventus starting XI: Storari, Motta, Sorensen, Ogbonna, Barocco, Padoin, Marrone, Pepe, Giovinco, Llorente, Tevez.