Football: Juve desperate for win against Nordsjaelland

Juventus' midfielder Andrea Pirlo vies with Inter Milan's Uruguayan midfielder Alejandro Walter Gargano during an Italian Seria A football match between Juventus and Inter at the "Juventus Stadium" in Turin.

MILAN - Serie A champions Juventus said they are ready to bounce back from their biggest setback of the season so far when they host Danish champions Nordsjaelland in a crucial fixture for their Champions League hopes Wednesday.

Juve's impressive unbeaten streak was ended by a classy Inter Milan side in Turin last weekend, the result a stark reminder that defending their 2012 title will not be so easy this season.

For Juve, however, it may have come at the right time. After three games in Group E, the Old Lady of Turin is in desperate need of a first win having salvaged a 1-1 draw in Denmark two weeks ago.

"We had an incredible run, 49 matches unbeaten is an extraordinary sequence," Juve president Beppe Marotta told

"We're already back working in preparation for Wednesday's game against Nordsjaelland and before getting back to league action. We're looking forward."

Two weeks ago Juve travelled to Nordsjaelland as favourites, however a 50th minute opener from Mikkel Beckmann gave the Danes the lead and forced Juve to rely on a Mirko Vucinic equaliser from the penalty spot nine minutes from time.

Montenegrin international striker Vucinic, one of the first names on Juve's teamsheet this season, is a doubt for Wednesday having suffered a knock to his calf which forced him off at half-time against Inter.

If absent, his place could be taken by either Fabio Quagliarella, Nicklas Bendtner or Alessandro Matri. Quagliarella came off the bench to score a late equaliser in the 2-2 draw against Chelsea while Bendtner has yet to score having enjoyed few playing opportunities.

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