Shamrock Rovers 0 Juventus 2
A well-taken double from Brazilian Amauri all but ended Shamrock Rovers’ Europa League dreams at a packed Tallaght Stadium as Italian giants Juventus showed their undoubted class.
Plans to keep it tight early on went out the window for Rovers as they conceded after just three minutes.
Amauri collected Claudio Marchisio’s pass, worked a simple one-two with fellow Brazilian Diego to carve Rovers open before sliding the ball past the advancing Alan Mannus.
It was a nightmare start for the home side, but Rovers to their did not collapse and even managed to word two good chances before the break.
Skipper Dan Murray had a back post effort blocked by Davide Lanzafame while Aidan Price’s header from another James Chambers corner was deflected over the bar by Marco Motta.
However, Rovers really struggled to come to terms with Juve’s slick passing and movement and they could have been further behind by the break as Pepe, twice, Diego and Lanzafame missed chances.
Rovers had their best spell on the resumption and Murray was inches from equalising with a header on 50 minutes.
Amauri was to the fore once again on 59 minutes, but saw his shot come back off the post.
The Brazilian would not be denied his second, however, as he effectively killed off the tie on 75 minutes.
Outjumping Craig Sives from Motta’s cross from the right, Amauri's downward header went in off the same post.
Robert Bayly had an opening to give Rovers some cheer two minutes later but blazed over the top from substitute Billy Dennehy’s cross.
Amauri might have got his hat-trick when rifling wide before Alessandro Del Piero was introduced and also wasn’t far off adding to Juve’s surely unassailable advantage ahead of the second leg in Modena next Thursday.