The Italian champions capitalised on a couple of early mistakes to take a 2-0 lead inside 15 minutes but our young squad grew into the match before dominating the second half at the iconic MCG.
Erik Lamela’s arrival off the bench for the second half alongside Josh Onomah, Shayon Harrison and Marcus Edwards certainly sparked the team in the attacking third.
The Argentine forward was denied by goalkeeper Norberto Neto before halving the deficit with a clinical finish after fine work from Victor Wanyama on 67 minutes. Neto palmed out another Lamela effort and then saved his best until last to turn away Harrison’s low drive in injury time.
Mauricio on the game
“It’s pre-season and when you start and make a mistake against a team like Juventus, it’s difficult. I’m very happy in the end because overall, I thought we played much better. We had control of the ball and control of the game but it’s true, when you concede against a team like Juventus, it’s always difficult. But I’m very happy with the performance.”
On the test of going 2-0 down
“Yes, that was a very good test and the second half was very good. Maybe we need to say we were 2-0 down in the first half and 1-0 up in the second half. It’s not about the result, it’s about how we compete and how to get the best performance to be fit for the start of the season. It was a good experience and all positive.”
“Erik Lamela was good and scored a great goal. We played well, much better in the second half. We need to take all the positive things out of this performance, learn and improve.”
Below: Mauricio speaks to Anton Walkes and Shayon Harrison
On the youngsters
“It’s good for the younger players. They are the future and I’m pleased with them. It’s always a pleasure to watch them play.”
On our Aussie fans
“It was fantastic to see the supporters. It was a shame about the result but I’m sure they are happy with the performance in the second half and they feel proud of the younger players. We need to be positive.”