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2 vs 0
Played
August 25, 2012 7:45 PM BST
Juventus Stadium — Torino
Referee:‬ A. Romeo‎
Attendance:‬ 37771‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Juventus 2-0 Parma

Goal.com takes a look at the men who featured in Saturday's clash at Juventus Stadium, won by goals from Lichtsteiner and Pirlo

By Daniel Edwards

  • Marco Storari
    16
    1
    3.00

    Marco Storari

    Called into action only sporadically through a dominant performance by the hosts, but did well to deny Biabiany late in the second half and guarantee a clean sheet. Capped display with double save in the dying minutes.

  • Andrea Barzagli
    19
    1
    3.00

    Andrea Barzagli

    Made one crucial intervention to deny substitute Belfodil, stepping in to rob the striker after Biabiany had broken through. The highlight of a composed performance from the defender.

  • Leonardo Bonucci
    11
    8
    2.50

    Leonardo Bonucci

    Caught out early on a couple of occasions by the pace in Parma's attack, but looked more comfortable as the game went on.

  • Stephan Lichtsteiner
    16
    4
    3.00

    Stephan Lichtsteiner

    A livewire playing wide on the right. Won the penalty albeit from an offside position, and showed great awareness in arriving late in the area and stroking home the opening goal.

  • Claudio Marchisio
    18
    4
    3.00

    Claudio Marchisio

    Directed proceedings from the middle of the park alongside Pirlo. Rarely flashy in possession, but the heartbeat of the team as they took control in the second half.

  • Andrea Pirlo
    21
    5
    3.00

    Andrea Pirlo

    A great start to the season for the 33-year-old idol. Put the result beyond doubt with a trademark free kick, and his passing was a danger throughout for the visitors.

  • Kwadwo Asamoah
    45
    0
    3.50

    Kwadwo Asamoah Top of the Match

    An excellent debut for the Ghanaian, who started rather wasteful on the ball but got better as the game went on. Always a danger down the left, set up one goal and could have laid on another for Vidal.

  • Arturo Vidal
    15
    5
    3.00

    Arturo Vidal

    A frustrating game for the Chilean, who was always looking for the ball and threatening in the final third. He will be disappointed with a tame penalty effort, but did well to stretch and reach Asamoah's cross in a move that almost opened the scoring.

  • Luca Marrone
    20
    1
    3.00

    Luca Marrone

    A defensive injury crisis forced the young midfielder to fill in alongside Barzagli and Bonucci, but aside from a couple of positional errors Luca will be happy with a solid display further down the field.

  • Mirko Vučinić
    10
    11
    3.00

    Mirko Vučinić

    The striker almost netted early on from Pirlo's cross, and was a valuable creative outlet in the box. Had little luck in front of goal and struggled to impose himself when it counted.

  • Sebastian Giovinco
    14
    5
    2.50

    Sebastian Giovinco

    A quiet game from the forward as he started against his former club. Booked for a blatant dive in the first half and saw little of the ball.

Substitutions

  • Paolo De Ceglie
    11
    4

    Paolo De Ceglie

    Just three minutes for the ex-Siena man as the game wound down.

  • Simone Padoin
    10
    5

    Simone Padoin

    Came on for Lichtsteiner 10 minutes before the end, and had little time to make an impact.

  • Alessandro Matri
    13
    3

    Alessandro Matri

    Another late substitute in the Vecchia Signora ranks, coming on for Vucinic.

  • Antonio Mirante
    4
    6
    3.00

    Antonio Mirante

    It wasn't the greatest kick, but the goalkeeper still did well to get down and keep out Vidal's penalty. No chance on the opener, and was unlucky to see a goal called against him after stopping Pirlo's free kick.

  • Cristian Zaccardo
    1
    6
    2.50

    Cristian Zaccardo

    Given a torrid time out wide by Asamoah, dragged out of position and leaving vast holes behind him. Will want to forget the sight of the Ghanaian quickly.

  • Alessandro Lucarelli
    3
    6
    3.00

    Alessandro Lucarelli

    The captain tried his best to hold together a backline that was in danger of disintegrating during a nightmare start to the second half. An ugly forearm smash on Vidal could well have produced a red instead of just a booking.

  • Massimo Gobbi
    2
    6
    2.50

    Massimo Gobbi

    Like the rest of the Gialloblu midfield, had no answer when Juve stepped up a gear. Was spared by a poor offside call from the linesman, after playing Giovinco on as the forward surged through on goal.

  • Gabriel Paletta
    1
    6
    3.00

    Gabriel Paletta

    The Argentine's rushed clearance indirectly led to Juve's missed penalty, and he was nowhere to be seen when Lichtsteiner fired the Turin side into the lead, but did well to keep Juve's front two at bay.

  • Aleandro Rosi
    0
    7
    3.00

    Aleandro Rosi

    Toiled and worked down the flank, but by the end of the game was overwhelmed by Juventus' slick passing and movement. Subbed 10 minutes from the end.

  • Jaime Valdes
    1
    6
    2.50

    Jaime Valdes

    The No. 10 showed moments of class, but was starved of the ball in a system that favoured swift counters and did not figure as much as he would have liked.

  • Marco Parolo
    1
    6
    2.50

    Marco Parolo

    Squandered Parma's best chance of the first half, blazing a free header over the bar from Pabon's corner. Matched Pirlo and Marchisio in the first 45, before being overrun after the interval.

  • Afriyie Acquah
    7
    6
    2.50

    Afriyie Acquah Flop of the Match

    The young Ghanaian tried hard in the middle, but his most notable contribution was a cynical, nasty challenge on Pirlo that earned him a yellow card and could well have been another colour.

  • Jonathan Biabiany
    1
    6
    2.50

    Jonathan Biabiany

    Always dangerous when released out wide or through the middle, and forced an excellent save from Storari from distance, but couldn't convert his play into a goal, and that proved costly.

  • D. Pabón
    1
    5
    2.50

    D. Pabón

    The pacey forward had mixed fortunes on his Serie A debut. Started brightly and was a threat from dead balls, but faded out of the game and was substituted following the first goal.

Substitutions

  • Sotiris Ninis
    6
    4
    3.00

    Sotiris Ninis

    The Greece international injected more creativity into the game after coming on for Acquah, and played Biabiany in with a wonderful ball in his most meaningful contribution.

  • Ishak Belfodil
    6
    5
    2.50

    Ishak Belfodil

    Came on the pitch to try and salvage a goal for Parma, but in his best chance of the evening hesitated and saw the ball robbed from his feet by Barzagli.

  • Graziano Pellè
    2
    5
    2.50

    Graziano Pellè

    A fleeting appearance from Pelle, who replaced Rosi with less than 10 minutes on the clock.

Results
 
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Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
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Striker
Torino
20 0
Luca Toni Luca Toni
Striker
Hellas Verona
18 2
Carlos Tévez Carlos Tévez
Striker
Juventus
18 1
Gonzalo Higuaín Gonzalo Higuaín
Striker
Napoli
17 5
Rodrigo Palacio Rodrigo Palacio
Striker
Inter
15 0