SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 21 - 15 Feb 2012 (17.30 UK)
Parma 0 - 0 Juventus
Stadio Ennio Tardini

Giorgio Chiellini hit the woodwork and there were penalty appeals from Emanuele Giaccherini, Andrea Pirlo and Sebastian Giovinco, but Parma stalled Juventus 0-0.

This match was originally snowed off on January 31, but also represented the last time Juventus were defeated in all competition, a 1-0 loss at the Tardini in April. Sebastian Giovinco faced his former club, though Gabriel Paletta and Daniele Galloppa were out of action. Juve adjusted to a 3-5-2 system with Simone Pepe still sidelined.

Juve had a great chance within the opening four minutes, as Giorgio Chiellini’s towering header from a corner cracked against the outside of the near post.

Mirko Vucinic went on the counter, but hesitated when it came to the crunch and allowed Alessandro Lucarelli to close him down in the box rather than pass to the unmarked Alessandro Matri.

A Matri looping header was easily saved when Vucinic was right behind him in a better scoring position.

Andrea Pirlo’s trademark free kick shaved a coat of paint off the top of the far post with Nicola Pavarini flailing.

Vucinic fired over after skipping past Lucarelli on the edge of the penalty area. The Montenegrin found a corner at the near post, but again the shot was charged down by Sergio Floccari.

In first half stoppages, Matri ran on to a through ball, but tried to take an extra touch and allowed Nicola Pavarini to smother at his feet.

After the restart, Stefano Morrone threaded through for Giovinco, whose finish was fingertipped just wide of the near post.

Marcelo Estigarribia feinted a cross and flashed the strange angled drive over the bar, but there was some controversy when Emanuele Giaccherini had strong penalty appeals for a clumsy Jonathan Biabiany tackle as he ran on to a Pirlo pass.

MacDonald Mariga’s long ball allowed Giovinco to sprint between two defenders and draw out Gigi Buffon, but the angle was then too narrow and Andrea Barzagli was able to clear for a corner in front of an empty net.

Giovinco also wanted a spot-kick on 71 minutes when Barzagli held his shoulder, but the Parma man appeared to let himself fall quite some time after the contact.

Buffon flapped away a Giovinco free kick from the left flank and Vucinic wasted another good chance with a wayward finish. Pirlo’s effort was palmed round the post and Claudio Marchisio’s snapshot flashed just wide from the resulting corner.

At the 84th minute Giaccherini sprung the offside trap from a Pirlo ball over the top and hit the half-volley at the near post, but Pavarini performed a desperate reaction save.

Pirlo had penalty appeals deep into stoppages when Fabiano Santacroce touched him in the back as he went to get on to a looping pass, but the referee waved play on. 


Parma: Pavarini; Zaccardo, Ferrario, Lucarelli (Santacroce 77); Biabiany (Jonathan 68), Morrone, Mariga, Valiani (Musacci 54), Modesto; Giovinco, Floccari
Juventus: Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Lichtsteiner (Caceres 86), Vidal, Pirlo, Marchisio, Estigarribia (Giaccherini 58); Matri (Quagliarella 68), Vucinic
Ref: Mazzoleni