The Arabian Roberto Baggio earns Al Ittihad a draw with Juventus

Al Ittihad 2 – Juventus 2 (Friendly, December 30, 2009) Saud Kariri gave Al Ittihad the perfect start in their exhibition match with Juventus as by beating Alex Manninger with a 25-yarder after controlled build-up play from the hosts. The lead was only temporary as the Atomic Ant, Sebastian Giovinco, saw a tame shot slipped through the home goalie’s grasp to level for the Bianconeri. The Old Lady the took the lead just after the half hour when Christian Poulsen hurled himself at a free-kick to head in the Italians’ second. An entertaining first half ended with the Saudi’s drawing level once again, Hadji Aissa, “Arabian Roberto Baggio,” tucking home a second in injury time after a backheel bamboozled the Juve defence.