BRATISLAVA, Aug 26 (Reuters) - Juventus eased through to the
Champions League group stages after a 1-1 draw at Artmedia
Bratislava on Tuesday completed a 5-1 aggregate victory.
Juve, out of Europe for two seasons following their
involvement in an Italian match-fixing scandal, named a
relatively strong team despite winning the third qualifying
round first leg 4-0.
Claudio Ranieri's side went behind when Artmedia midfielder
Branislav Fodrek netted with a stunning bicycle kick after 14
minutes but they were soon level as Amauri scored his first
competitive goal for the club.
The Brazilian-born striker, a close-season signing from
Palermo, hung in the air before powering home a header from
Czech winger Pavel Nedved's cross on 25 minutes.
Amauri had earlier hit the post with a header and could
easily have bagged a hat-trick.
Slovakian champions Artmedia, who reached the Champions
League group stages in 2005, showed much more ambition than they
did in the first leg but Juve's aggregate win was never in
Juve's last Champions League appearance was a quarter-final
defeat by Arsenal two years ago after which they were stripped
of their 2006 Italian title, banned from Europe and demoted to
The twice European champions, who visit Fiorentina on Sunday
in their Serie A opener, will be looking forward to Thursday's
Champions League group stage draw after finishing third last
term in their first season back in the Italian top flight.