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4 vs 1
Played
September 11, 2011 6:30 AM EDT
Juventus Stadium — Torino
Referee:‬ D. Celi‎
Attendance:‬ 41254‎
 
Sebastian Giovinco 90+2′ (PG)
58′ Simone Pepe
 
74′ Arturo Vidal
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Juventus 4-1 Parma

Goal.com rates the performances of the players on show in the Old Lady's opening day victory over bogey team Parma

By Vasil Kotsev

  • Gianluigi Buffon
    63
    3
    0.00

    Gianluigi Buffon

    The goalkeeper could have pulled up a chair and enjoyed the game, as Parma never really threatened him. Had to parry one shot from Giovinco, and was left with no chance at the penalty.

  • Paolo De Ceglie
    42
    23
    0.00

    Paolo De Ceglie

    Was solid in defence, but failed to be much of a threat in attack. A black dot on his performance was the needless penalty and red card just before the full-time whistle, which his team could have done without.

  • Giorgio Chiellini
    65
    1
    0.00

    Giorgio Chiellini

    The Juventus defence was stable, and he played his part by organising the rearguard without much trouble. Also demonstrated sound positioning and tackling.

  • Andrea Barzagli
    55
    2
    0.00

    Andrea Barzagli

    The ex-Wolfsburg man delivered a good performance as he was assured at the back, impressing with his marking. Intervened when needed.

  • Stephan Lichtsteiner
    88
    0
    0.00

    Stephan Lichtsteiner

    The ex-Lazio man delivered an almost impeccable performance. Was strong in the tackle, well positioned, and a genuine threat down the flank. Scored a goal in a manner that would befit a striker.

  • Emanuele Giaccherini
    31
    27
    0.00

    Emanuele Giaccherini

    The winger worked hard down the left, but failed to offer anything special. Put in a few good passes, but his final ball left a lot to be desired.

  • Andrea Pirlo
    172
    4
    0.00

    Andrea Pirlo

    The new signing more than proved his worth with two sublime assists which deservedly earn him the man of the match. Inspirational passing, superb control and impeccable technique were the order of the day as he delivered a performance worthy of his best years. The chipped passes to Lichtsteiner for the opener, and for Marchisio for the fourth were a joy to behold.

  • Claudio Marchisio
    70
    3
    0.00

    Claudio Marchisio

    The midfielder did a lot of defensive work in the first half, but failed to offer much of a threat to Mirante's goal before the break. Things changed afterwards, as he netted with sublime touch to put the cherry on the cake.

  • Simone Pepe
    72
    12
    0.00

    Simone Pepe Top of the Match

    The ex-Udinese man is slowly winning over the Bianconeri fans. Delivered another good performance, providing defensive cover down the flank, and while his crossing was not top-notch, his finish for the the second goal of the game was.

  • Alessandro Del Piero
    91
    7
    0.00

    Alessandro Del Piero

    The Juventus legend put in an energetic performance as he led the Bianconeri's attack by example. Showed some great touches and will be disappointed not to have bagged a goal.

  • Alessandro Matri
    63
    8
    0.00

    Alessandro Matri

    Had a goal disallowed in the first half, and hit the post in the second period. Did well today, but just lacked luck.

Substitutions

  • Arturo Vidal
    82
    3
    0.00

    Arturo Vidal

    The ex-Bayer Leverkusen man made instant impact as Juventus sprung into life after the Chilean entered the pitch. Scored one of the goals of the round with a marvellous volley, and made sure Parma barely crossed the half-way line.

  • Milos Krasic
    58
    10
    0.00

    Milos Krasic

    The Serbian looked much more incisive than Pepe on the right wing, but his desire could not match his final ball. Still, a good cameo.

  • Mirko Vučinić
    44
    11
    0.00

    Mirko Vučinić

    Got one good chance after a pass by Pepe, but saw his finish blocked. Aside from that, his contribution was minimal.

  • Antonio Mirante
    3
    7
    0.00

    Antonio Mirante

    The ex-Juventus goalkeeper looked like a one-man army at times as he tried to repel the Old Lady's attacks. Pulled off some good saves, but could not do anything for any of the hosts' goals.

  • Matteo Rubin
    3
    5
    0.00

    Matteo Rubin Flop of the Match

    Managed to contain Pepe on the flank in the first period, but looked completely clueless after the break. Failed at the back, and did not offer much in attack.

  • Alessandro Lucarelli
    2
    5
    0.00

    Alessandro Lucarelli

    The defender was relatively solid before the break as helped Parma keep the scoreline at 1-0 in the first half. Completely lost the plot on the second period as his hesitancy to close down opponents was one of the main reasons for the Ducali's collapse.

  • Gabriel Paletta
    1
    4
    0.00

    Gabriel Paletta

    The Argentinian was caught flat-footed occasionally as Juventus' forwards drifted behind him with relative ease. Did not read the game well, and his positioning was disappointing.

  • Cristian Zaccardo
    2
    5
    0.00

    Cristian Zaccardo

    The ex-Wolfsburg defender was probably the most stable unit of Parma's rearguard. Did well to nullify Giaccherini's threat, but failed to offer much up front.

  • Francesco Modesto
    1
    5
    0.00

    Francesco Modesto

    Failed to offer any threat down the flank as he was kept on a tight leash by Pepe and Lichtsteiner. A game to forget.

  • Daniele Galloppa
    1
    5
    0.00

    Daniele Galloppa

    The ex-Siena midfielder completely failed in midfield as he did not offer any protection to his defence, and had minimal contribution in attack.

  • Stefano Morrone
    1
    5
    0.00

    Stefano Morrone

    Could not keep up with Juventus' vibrant midfield pairing and failed to exert his authority in the centre of the pitch. Lacked pace today, and was chasing shadow most of the time. Disappointing passing from the midfielder also.

  • Francesco Valiani
    2
    5
    0.00

    Francesco Valiani

    Started brightly, but soon started to fade away as the game progressed. Tried to break away down the flank, but was often crowded out by the Old Lady's defenders.

  • Sebastian Giovinco
    12
    10
    0.00

    Sebastian Giovinco

    Struggled against the Old Lady, as they managed to contain him with relative ease. Was starved of service, but popped in with a great run to win a penalty just before full-time. Converted the spot-kick, sending Buffon the wrong way.

  • Graziano Pellè
    1
    5
    0.00

    Graziano Pellè

    Flop of the match hands down. One could hardly tell he was on the pitch as he struggled to break Barzagli and Chiellini's defensive pairing. Replaced in the second half by Sergio Floccari.

Substitutions

  • Jonathan Biabiany
    1
    4
    0.00

    Jonathan Biabiany

    Came on for Modesto, but failed to offer genuine threat down the left wing.

Results
 
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15 0