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  • February 16, 2012
  • • 01:30
  • • Stadio Ennio Tardini, Parma
  • Referee: P. Mazzoleni
  • • Attendance: 13000
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Parma 0-0 Juventus: Vucinic & Giaccherini squander excellent chances to ensure AC Milan stay top of Serie A

The Bianconeri could have moved above the Rossoneri in the table with a victory at the Ennio Tardini but they are now one point adrift of their rivals, albeit with a game in hand

Juventus paid the price for some wayward finishing as they were held to a 0-0 draw with Parma on Wednesday night.

The Bianconeri could have returned to the summit of Serie A with a victory at the Ennio Tardini but despite dominating for long periods they failed to make the breakthrough, with Mirko Vuvinic and Emanuele Giaccherini squandering their best openings.

Having had their scheduled clash with Bologna on Sunday night postponed because of heavy snowfall, Juventus began as if intent on making up for lost time and Giorgio Chiellini was desperately unfortunate not to open the scoring just four minutes in, the defender getting his head on Andrea Pirlo’s free-kick from the right-hand side only to see the ball come back off the base of the left post.

The Bianconeri threatened to break the deadlock with another set-piece soon after, Pirlo just inches away from finding the top right corner with a curling effort from the edge of the area.

For all Juve’s dominance, Parma goalkeeper Nicola Pavarini had little to do in the opening half hour but he was kept busy in the closing 15 minutes of the opening period as the visitors really began to pile on the pressure.

Vucinic twice drew smart saves out of Pavarini as half-time approached before the Parma No.1 was forced to dive at the feet of Alessandro Matri after the forward had jinked his way into the area just seconds before the break.

Parma barely threatened during the first half but they did at least get a shot away four minutes after the restart but Gianluigi Buffon turned Sebastian Giovinco’s effort around the post.

Giovinco was far more prominent in the second half, causing all sorts of panic in the Juve defence after getting on the end of McDonald Mariga’s wonderful through-ball before then sparking shouts for a penalty from the home fans when he tumbled in the box under pressure from Andrea Barzagli with just under 20 minutes remaining.

Vucinic then dragged a shot wide and Pavarini saved well from Pirlo as Juve tried to reassert their first-half supremacy before Giaccherini squandered a great chance to win it for the visitors when he shot straight at Pavarini after being put in on goal by a floated ball over the top from Pirlo.

Juve became increasingly desperate and Pirlo resorted to a ill-conceived dive in the area just before the full-time whistle in the hope of nicking all three points but, in the end, they were forced to settle for a draw which means they remain one point adrift of leaders AC Milan, albeit with one more game in hand.

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