Caltex Socceroos hot shot Adam Taggart has continued his goal frenzy against Italian heavyweights Juventus.
Taggart was selected for the K-League All Stars to face the 37-time Serie A champions and the Suwon Bluewings striker seized his moment to continue his red-hot form.
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Taggart’s 50th-minute strike made it 3-1 to the select of the Korea Republic’s top division but Maurizio Sarri’s men, without Cristiano Ronaldo, staged a late comeback to square the game up at 3-3.
Spanish defender Osmar of FC Seoul put the All Stars ahead on seven minutes before young Bianconeri prospect Simone Muratore restored parity two minutes later in a hectic opening at the Seoul Olympic Stadium.
Daegu FC forward Cesinha fired Team K-League back in front on the stroke of half-time and taunted Ronaldo by mimicking his trademark celebration, to which the Portuguese star did not seem impressed.
Taggart reacted quicker than Juve’s new €75 million defender Matthijs de Ligt to power the All-Stars 3-1 in front five minutes after half-time.
But a late rally from the two-time European champions, with goals from France FIFA World Cup 2018-winner Blaise Matuidi and Brazilian Matheus Pereira, earned a share of the spoils for the Old Lady.
Taggart has netted 12 goals in 19 K-League games in 2019 and leads the league’s Golden Boot rankings.
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Julien De Sart gave K.V. Kortrijk a 13th-minute lead as the Smurfs trailed 1-0 at half-time on the opening day of the 2019/20 season.
Swedish 18-year-old Benjamin Nygren levelled the scores on 50 minutes and Romanian striker Ianis Hagi netted a 76th-minute winner to get the 2018/19 champions off to a flying start.