A late red card for Paolo De Ceglie could not detract from an impressive display, with Andrea Pirlo among the players to star in Juve’s first competitive match at their new stadium
Juventus made a statement of intent with a comprehensive 4-1 victory over Parma in the first competitive match at their new stadium.
Andrea Pirlo produced a superb display in midfield for the Turin giants, and goals from Stephan Lichtsteiner, Simone Pepe, Arturo Vidal and Claudio Marchisio fired the hosts to a confident opening-day win.
New Juve coach Antonio Conte saw his side started brightly, pressing the space in midfield to limit Parma's possession.
Two debutants combined in the 18th minute for the first goal in the Juventus Arena. Lichtsteiner, who joined from Lazio in the summer, found Pirlo on the edge of the area and the former AC Milan stalwart made a smart turn before picking out the Switzerland international with a perfectly waited ball. The defender then rounded Antonio Mirante to coolly finish.
Parma had scored seven goals in their last two visits to Turin but failed to mark a single shot in the opening period as Gianluigi Buffon cut a relaxed figure in the Juventus goal. The visitors looked to combine the height of Graziano Pelle with the speed of Sebastian Giovinco but the pair were isolated as they struggled to keep the ball.
Alessandro Matri had a header contentiously ruled out for offside just before half-time, despite being in line with the last defender as Andrea Barzagli found the Juve striker.
Franco Colomba sent his side out with a greater sense of urgency after the break and Giovinco caused a nervous moment for Buffon as the keeper fumbled a low cross that seemed to spur Juventus into action. Matri was put clean through but failed to add to his tally of nine league goals for Juve as he struck a post and was quickly replaced by Mirko Vucinic.
Moments later, Del Piero fed Pepe on the right of the box, and the 28-year-old blasted home to double Juve's lead. Conte's side continued to dominate in the closing stages and Del Piero made way for Chilean midfielder Vidal, who made it 3-0 with a smart volley from the edge of the area in the 74th minute.
Parma looked sluggish throughout and were caught flat-footed by another beautifully floated Pirlo ball in the 82nd minute that dropped perfectly on Marchisio's boot, and the midfielder volleyed over the stranded Mirante.
It was almost the perfect start to the 2011-12 season for Juventus, but referee Domenico Celi red-carded Paolo De Ceglie for a last-man tackle on Giovinco, and the striker, half owned by Juve, tucked the spot-kick away to finish the game 4-1.