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TURIN---Juventus coach Massimiliano Alle-
gri believes his team s strength of character
could be the deciding factor in Saturday s
Champions League final against Barcelona.
Juventus will undoubtedly be the underdog
in Berlin having last won Europe s elite club
competition in 1996, while Barcelona has
lifted the trophy three times in the last nine
"The greatest quality of my Juventus is
that it is a team full of character, as well as
being a talented team," Allegri said on Monday.
"And I believe the team has improved a lot
in the awareness of their own means and
that leaves me calm in preparing this final.
"We just need to play and play well. We
just need to do two or three things right and
use this desire to show everyone that we have
all the qualities and characteristics to play
against this Barcelona side."
Juventus was perceived by many as the
weakest of the four semifinal teams, but pro-
gressed thanks to a 3-2 aggregate victory over
Real Madrid---which won a record 10th Euro-
pean Cup crown last year.
Barcelona beat Bayern Munich in the other
"The match against Real Madrid helped
us because we faced an extraordinary team
who are the reigning champions of Europe,"
Allegri added. "But to win this final we need
to do a lot better because it was a two-legged
tie against Real Madrid, while against
Barcelona it is a one-off match which could
be a small advantage for us."
To have a chance of winning, Juventus
must find a way to stop Lionel Messi, who
is looking to become the first player to score
in three Champions League finals. However,
Allegri was wary of focusing too much atten-
tion on Messi, who is just one part of
Barcelona s fearsome attacking trio, along
with Luis Suarez and Neymar.
"Man-marking Messi is practically impos-
sible, you need to be good at working well
around him," Allegri said. "It s extraordinary
to have got there, now let s see if we can make
this season even more extraordinary." (AP)
LISBON---Portugal coach Fernando Santos has
made nine changes to his squad from his last Euro-
pean Championship qualifying match, with five
coming in midfield.
Daniel Carrico won his first call-up yesterday and
will join the backline, which will be without injured
Real Madrid defender Pepe.
Silvestre Varela is back will return to the attack
for the first time since the 2014 World Cup. Beto
becomes one of the three goalkeeping choices.
Portugal plays its next qualifier in Armenia on June
13 and meets Italy in a friendly on June 16.
Portugal leads Group I with nine points from four
games, two more than Denmark and Albania, which
share second place. The top two teams in each group
qualify automatically for the tournament in France.
CHICAGO---Team captain Clint Dempsey and mid-
fielder Alejandro Bedoya were left off the U.S. team
roster for exhibitions in Europe against world powers
Netherlands and Germany.
Coach Jurgen Klinsmann said Sunday that Dempsey
will remain in Seattle awaiting the birth of his fourth
child and that Bedoya is recovering from a knee injury.
Forward Jozy Altidore also remains sidelined as he
recovers from a hamstring injury. The US team will
play the sixth-ranked Netherlands on June 5 in Ams-
terdam and take on defending World Cup champion
Germany on June 10 in Cologne.
These are two of the team s final three exhibitions
before starting play in the Gold Cup on July 7 against
Honduras. Eight of the players chosen have 10 or
fewer international appearances for the US team.
"Playing against top teams like Germany and the
Netherlands provides valuable experience, especially
for the younger players here," Klinsmann said. "More
and more they must understand we come to meet
these opponents eye to eye. Obviously, it s a bit tricky
when we are without some of our core players, but
that creates a huge opportunity for the guys here to
benchmark themselves against some of the best play-
ers in the world."
Goalkeeper Brad Guzan returns to the team for
the first time this year.
WELLINGTON---Striker Judivan scored twice as
Brazil beat Nigeria 4-2 yesterday in a thrilling start
to its FIFA Under-20 World Cup campaign.
The lead changed hands twice during the first half,
and the teams went to halftime locked at 2-2 before
Judivan clinched the match with his second goal
eight minutes from fulltime thanks to a rare Nigerian
Brazil s win gave the five-time champion an early
advantage in Group E ahead of the match later Monday
between Hungary and North Korea.
Hany Mukhtar scored a hat trick as Germany took
early control of Group F with an 8-1 win over out-
classed Oceania champion Fiji. Uzbekistan and Hon-
duras were due to meet in the second match of the
group later on day three.
The clash between Brazil and Nigeria at New Ply-
mouth was forecast to be one of the best of the group
rounds and lived up to that billing as the teams went
blow for blow. There were flowing attacking moves,
brilliant displays of individual skill and great goals
which lifted the tone of a tournament that has been
relatively low key to date.
Judivan was a hugely influential figure, not only
for his goals, but for his tenacity and playmaking
ability. He featured prominently in a move in the
fourth minute that also saw Joao Pedro and Gabriel
Jesus combine for the opening goal.
The tempo flagged a little at the start of the second
half before Boschilia put Brazil ahead 3-2 just before
the hour mark. Judivan then made the game safe
with the final goal after an error by goalkeeper Joshua
Allegri: Team character will help Juve against Barca Dempsey, Bedoya left off US
roster for Euro exhibitions
Portugal makes 9 changes
from its last Euro squad
Brazil beats Nigeria, Germany
routs Fiji in U-20 World Cup
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