Serie A giants Juventus opened their new 41,000-capacity Juventus Arena on Thursday with a 1-1 draw against Notts County, the team who inspired their famous black and white striped shirts.

Luca Toni scored the first goal in the new stadium early in the second half on the rebound after Fabio Quagliarella's penalty had been saved by County keeper Rob Burch.

But Martin Allen's League One side ensured their evening became even more memorable when Lee Hughes equalised with a close-range effort three minutes from full-time.

Allen said afterwards: "Everyone behind the scenes has worked so hard to ensure that we we were a professional outfit today, not just a bunch of amateurs. I'm very proud of my players, and I'm honoured to be their manager".

County travelled to Turin for the once-in-a-lifetime clash at the invitation of the Italian giants, who included the likes of Alessandro Del Piero and Gianluigi Buffon in their starting line-up.

Allen said: "Who'd have expected me to manage an away side at Juventus? It's never going to happen again in my lifetime. It's a magic night."

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