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Juventus opened their campaign in Italy’s Serie B with a 1-1 draw at 10-man Rimini.

Defender Matteo Paro gave them the lead on the hour mark but a mix-up between Robert Kovac and Jean-Alain Boumsong allowed Adrian Ricchiuti in for the equaliser.

It was Juve’s first-ever match outside Serie A following their relegation after the match-fixing scandal.

Despite fielding players such as Gianluigi Buffon, the world’s most expensive goalkeeper, a former European Footballer of the Year in Pavel Nedved, and world champions such as Mauro Camoranesi and Alessandro Del Piero, Juventus failed to overcome a Rimini side reduced to ten men following the dismissal of Domenico Cristiano.

Coach Didier Deschamps said: “We already knew we faced an uphill battle this season. All the matches will be like this.

“It will take time for us to adapt. Unfortunately we don’t have much of it.”

Buffon admitted that the team had not been mentally prepared for the challenge.

“We had the wrong attitude,” said the goalkeeper.

“It wasn’t the right mental approach. We have the qualities of a great side, but not the concentration. We have to forget all the success we have achieved and dive into the new adventure.

“Nobody is giving you anything for free here in Serie B. We will have 20 more away games like this at Rimini, small stadiums where home fans can become an important factor. We have to be ready for it.”

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