SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 11 - 2 Nov 2013 (17.00 UK)
Parma 0 - 1 Juventus
Pogba 77 (J)
Stadio Ennio Tardini

Paul Pogba got the goal for a 1-0 Juventus victory away to Parma, but Fabio Quagliarella deserves much of the credit.

Sebastian Giovinco and Amauri faced their former teammates at the Stadio Tardini, where the Bianconeri had won just one of their previous five visits. Mirko Vucinic and Stephan Lichtsteiner were injured with Andrea Pirlo and Leonardo Bonucci rested, while the Ducali missed Stefano Okaka, Gabriel Paletta, Daniele Galloppa and Nicola Pavarini. Pedro Filipe Mendes received only his second start in defence.

Gigi Buffon was almost taken by surprise on an early Angelo Ogbonna backpass and Antonio Conte, marking his 100th Serie A match as a Coach, moved Arturo Vidal to the Pirlo role in front of the defence.

There was more danger with Massimo Gobbi sent clear down the left, but his cross-shot flashed across the face of goal with nobody ready to tap in.

Carlos Tevez ran on to a Giovinco backheel flick to test Antonio Mirante, as did Arturo Vidal from distance. Vidal went close with a daisy-cutter that skimmed the near post and Gobbi blasted over for the hosts.

Juventus wanted a free kick just before the break for Alessandro Lucarelli’s challenge on Giovinco right on the edge of the box, but the referee waved play on.

Straight after the restart Jonathan Biabiany flung himself in Kwadwo Asamoah’s path to charge down a shot from eight yards. Tevez got to the by-line and pulled back for Giovinco, but the Atomic Ant fired straight at Mirante.

Parma immediately went on the counter with Biabiany and Amauri tried to score with a backheel flick, but was inches away from getting it on target. Amauri has not scored yet this season.

Pirlo was thrown on to shake things up, but Mattia Cassani’s volley from a corner sailed over.

On 70 minutes Simone Padoin put in a low cross to the near post for Tevez’s first time shot, but Mirante performed a desperate reaction save with his legs from close range.

Conte’s other substitutions proved decisive, as Fabio Quagliarella created a goal within 60 seconds of coming off the bench. His extraordinary curler from distance smacked against the crossbar and Paul Pogba was quickest to the follow-up.

Parma laid a late siege on Juve, but Buffon only really had to smother at Amauri’s feet.


Parma: Mirante; Cassani, Lucarelli, Mendes (Felipe 69); Biabiany, Gargano (Sansone 82), Marchionni (Obi 86), Parolo, Gobbi; Amauri, Cassano
Juventus: Buffon; Barzagli, Chiellini, Ogbonna; Padoin, Vidal, Pogba, Marchisio (Pirlo 63), Asamoah; Tevez (Quagliarella 76), Giovinco (Llorente 76)
Ref: Celi