SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 22 - 2 Feb 2019 (19.30 UK)
Juventus 3 - 3 Parma
Ronaldo 36, 66 (J), Rugani 62 (J), BarillĂ  64 (P), Gervinho 74, 93 (P)
Allianz Stadium

Cristiano Ronaldo bagged, but so did Gervinho as Parma fought back from 3-1 down to snatch a stoppage-time 3-3 thriller at the Juventus Stadium.

The Ducali become only the second Serie A side to avoid defeat in Turin this season after Genoa.

The Bianconeri saw their confidence shaken badly midweek by a 3-0 Coppa Italia drubbing at Atalanta, their first Italian defeat of the season after two Champions League losses to Manchester United and Young Boys. They had Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini, Andrea Barzagli and Juan Cuadrado injured, so Martin Caceres was thrown straight in after his transfer from Lazio and Leonardo Spinazzola made his first Serie A start in a Juve jersey, while Miralem Pjanic and Mario Mandzukic returned. The Ducali missed Alberto Grassi, Nicola Rigoni, Francisco Sierralta and Abdou Diakhate, with Leo Stulac only fit for the bench.

The Ducali had a bright start, as Gervinho surged forward from his own half for a shot charged down by Caceres and Matteo Scozzarella’s follow-up was deflected over the bar.

Cristiano Ronaldo stung Luigi Sepe’s gloves with a powerful strike and Juraj Kucka did the same on Mattia Perin, but Sami Khedira came so close when he was set up by Joao Cancelo to hit the upright from nine yards through a crowd of players.

Luck was on Juve’s side soon after, because Cristiano Ronaldo was losing his balance as he scuffed a finish that took a big deflection to wrong-foot Sepe.

Mandzukic’s angled drive tested Sepe and Juventus were awarded a penalty just before half-time. However, after the VAR review the referee spotted if anyone was tugging a jersey, it was Caceres and not Iacoponi, so reversed his decision.

Ronaldo had one more chance before the break, as Mandzukic knocked it down for his angled drive to skim the far post.

Khedira hit the upright for the second time just shy of the hour mark, his header on a Cristiano Ronaldo cross denied by the woodwork.

Moments later, the German did get his curling finish on target, but found Sepe’s one-handed save. On the resulting corner, it was another chaotic goal, with several shots and crosses charged down until Daniele Rugani volleyed in with his left foot at the back stick.

However, Parma immediately got back into it with Kucka’s cross inch-perfect on to the head of Antonino Barillà to steer it back across the face of goal.

The game suddenly sprung to life, as Mandzukic whipped in the ball from the right for a towering Ronaldo header that left Iacoponi standing.

Inglese used his strength to hold off Caceres and flashed an angled drive inches wide of the far post and Ronaldo nodded over from close range.

Parma closed the gap again, as Kucka pulled back from the by-line for a Gervinho back-heel flick, which took a decisive deflection off Rugani’s shin, as the Ivorian managed to get in front of his marker.

Substitute Federico Bernardeschi went off with a knock to the ribs and Inglese turned Rugani for a rising strike that was not far off target.

Deep into stoppages, Mandzukic was trying to keep the ball in play at the corner flag and that allowed Inglese to pull back for totally unmarked Gervinho, whose shot was straight at Perin, but powerful enough to bounce in off his gloves anyway.

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Juventus: Perin; Cancelo, Caceres, Rugani, Spinazzola; Khedira (Bentancur 78), Pjanic, Matuidi; Douglas Costa (Bernardeschi 46) (Emre Can 86), Mandzukic, Cristiano Ronaldo
Parma: Sepe; Iacoponi, Bruno Alves, Bastoni, Gagliolo; Scozzarella (Stulac 76), Kucka (Sprocati 86), BarillĂ ; Gervinho, Inglese, Biabiany (Siligardi 56)
Ref: Giacomelli