Juventus down MLS All-Stars on PKs

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Juventus beat the Major League Soccer’s All-Stars in a penalty shootout Wednesday after an entertaining 1-1 draw in a mid-season exhibition game.

At a packed Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, the Serie A champions prevailed 5-3 in the shoot-out after New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips missed his penalty attempt, allowing Mattia De Sciglio to fire into the upper left corner past Columbus goalkeeper Zack Steffen to settle it.

Juve, who have still to play their record 100 million-euro off-season acquisition Cristiano Ronaldo, went ahead in the 21st minute through Andrea Favilli.

The MLS All-Stars, selected from around the league through US-style fan voting, pulled level in the 26th minute through Atlanta United’s Josef Martinez MLS top scorer with 24 goals in 23 matches.

It marked the second straight year that the All-Star Game ended in a 1-1 draw to go to a shoot-out after Real Madrid beat the All-Stars 4-2 on penalties at Soldier Field in Chicago.

With three wins from three matches, Juventus will look to make it a clean sweep of the tour on Saturday night against European foes Real Madrid at FedEx Field in Washington, DC.

An interesting subplot in the match will be the battle between Ronaldo and his former club, who lost 2-1 to Manchester United yesterday.

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