Thursday, 5 August 2010

[UEL] Juve reach play-offs

Alessandro Del Piero helped Juventus to a 1-0 win over Shamrock Rovers as the Bianconeri progress to the UEFA Europa League Play-off Round, 3-0 on aggregate.

The Irish outfit's hopes of causing a huge upset in the third qualifying round were all but over after a double from Amauri gave Juventus a 2-0 victory in the first leg in Dublin last week.

However, they pushed Juve all the way in the return match at Modena's Stadio Alberto Braglia and only Del Piero's 74th-minute strike separated the teams on the night.

Luigi Delneri's side, along with Serie A compatriots Napoli and Palermo, will now be awaiting Friday's play-off round draw in Nyon.

The play-off ties, for a place in the Europa League group stage, are to be played over two legs on 19 and 26 August.

Meanwhile, the draw for the play-off round of the UEFA Champions League will also be held on Friday, with Sampdoria awaiting their qualifying opponent.

The Blucerchiati, who finished fourth in Serie A last term, are unseeded for the draw and will have to overcome a tricky tie if they are to join Inter, Roma and AC Milan in the group stage. As a non-champion from Europe's domestic leagues, Samp will be up against either Sevilla (Spain), Werder Bremen (Germany), Zenit St Petersburg (Russia), Tottenham Hotspur (England) or Ajax (Netherlands).

The Champions League play-offs are to be played over two legs on 17/18 and 24/25 August.

UEFA Europa League 2010-11
Third Qualifying Round
Thursday 29 July
Shamrock Rovers 0-2 Juventus
Thursday 5 August
Juventus 1-0 Shamrock Rovers (in Modena, Agg: 3-0)

[3QR Results]

Source: UEFA

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