Viareggio Cup

By Dan King in Forte dei Marmi, Italy

Juventus, winners of the Torneo di Viareggio for the past two years, are on the verge of exiting this year's competition after losing to Varese in Group One.

The youngsters representing the Old Lady lost 4-2 at Stadio M Melani, leaving them third in their group with just one point from two games after their draw against Club Brugge on Monday. They can no longer win their group and even finishing second looks unlikely as their goal difference is minus two, compared to Brugge's plus two.

The Belgian side won 4-2 against LIAC New York, setting up a group decider against current leaders Varese on Friday - although a draw could well see both sides progress.

With Juve seemingly heading home, Sampdoria have emerged as the tournament's standout side so far. They followed up their 5-0 win over Dukla Prague on Monday with another five goal thrashing, this time over Vicenza, in Group Six. Dukla and Virtus Entella drew 3-3 in the group's other fixture.

Group Two saw Red Star Belgrade and Sambenedetesse draw 0-0, while Atalanta beat Cesena 2-0 to give them maximum points from their two games.

Lazio also have six points from their two Group Three games after beating Anderlecht 3-0, while Torino beat Grasshoppers 2-1.

Inter Milan and Representatives of Serie D both have maximum points ahead of their Group Four meeting on Friday. Inter beat Esperia Viareggio 4-0 while the Serie D select side beat Aussie outfit APIA Leichhardt 3-0.

Group Five is the tightest of all. Reggina and Empoli drew 2-2 and Poggibonsi triumphed 1-0 against Spartak Moscow to leave the Russians bottom of the group on one point but still capable of overtaking Reggina, who have four points, with a win on Friday.