Mario Mandzukic scored one and set up another for Blaise Matuidi, as Juventus scraped victory in Parma despite Gervinho’s goal.
The Old Lady hadn’t walked out on the Stadio Tardini turf since 2015, as Parma went bankrupt and returned to Serie A after three consecutive promotions. Juve were hoping to maintain their 100 per cent record and again dropped Paulo Dybala, using Juan Cuadrado as a right-back with Cristiano Ronaldo accompanying Mario Mandzukic. The Ducali missed Emanuele Calaiò, Jonathan Biabiany, Amato Ciciretti, Alessandro Bastoni and Mattia Sprocati, but ex-Roma veteran Gervinho got his first start.
It took all of 120 seconds to break through, as Simone Iacoponi and Mandzukic both jumped for the Juan Cuadrado cross, it landed at the Croatian’s feet and he was quick to tap in the loose ball.
Parma had a huge chance to equalise, as Gervinho went on a slalom through the Juve defence, rolled across for Antonio Di Gaudio and was denied by a desperate Cuadrado tackle in the six-yard box.
Luigi Sepe beat away a Sami Khedira scorcher and the follow-up from offside Federico Bernardeschi, but Miralem Pjanic was booked for a lunge on Di Gaudio and Leo Stulac’s resulting free kick smacked against the crossbar off Wojciech Szczesny’s fingertips.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s towering header glanced inches wide from a corner, while Stulac again stung Szczesny’s gloves from distance with a viciously dipping attempt.
Parma got their fully deserved equaliser with probably their best player so far – Gervinho. Massimo Gobbi’s cross was flicked on by the head of Roberto Inglese and the Ivorian veteran tapped in from point-blank range.
Szczesny was called into a desperate save on the stroke of half-time, as Gervinho shook off Cuadrado and rolled across for Rigoni unmarked.
Ronaldo scuffed horribly from 12 yards and Max Allegri threw on Douglas Costa, who immediately played a part in the goal. The Brazilian’s low ball was flicked on by Mandzukic’s heel for Blaise Matuidi to blast into the roof of the net from a very tight angle.
Gervinho seemed very irritated at being substituted on the hour mark, as after a standing ovation from the Stadio Tardini crowd, he didn’t shake Coach Roberto D’Aversa’s hand.
Douglas Costa thought he’d scored with a sensational swerving strike from outside the box, but it clipped the edge of the far post.
Di Gaudio’s curler flashed just wide on the counter and a dangerous Gobbi cross whipped all the way across the face of goal.
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