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Serie A

  • August 25, 2012
  • • 2:45 PM
  • • Juventus Stadium, Torino
  • Referee: A. Romeo
  • • Attendance: 37771

Live Commentary

  • Thanks for joining me, Mohammed Ali, for coverage on Serie A's opening day. Join me tomorrow for PSG v Bordeaux from France's Ligue 1 (21:00 CET). But in the mean-time, stick around here at for the match report and player ratings of tonight's game. Until tomorrow, good night!
  • 90' + 4'
    A decent second half display from Juventus, who continue to grind out three points despite not being at their best. Lichtsteiner's tap-in, coupled with a controversial second from Pirlo's free-kick has seen them start the season in the best possible way. Parma were decent, and had chances, but failed to seriously trouble Marco Storari.
  • 90' + 4'
    FULL-TIME: Juventus 2-0 Parma (Lichtsteiner, Pirlo)
  • 90' + 3'
    Corner to Juventus. A fine bit of play from Marchisio who has options literally left right and centre. A through-ball towards Matri is cut out, but instead they win a corner, which fails to materialise into a serious threat. Pirlo with a second corner here. Offside is called on Matri.
  • 90' + 2'
    Juventus keep the ball in, and Marchisio spreads the play towards Vidal who errs on the side of caution, instead looking for a team-mate.
  • 90' + 1'
    Into FOUR minutes of added time. Pelle gets a flick onto the ball, but it flies wide of Storari's goal.
  • 90'
    Marchisio attempting to make a forward run to meet a pass, but well cut out by Lucarelli. Juve looking to see this one out, slowing the tempo.
  • 89'
    Statistic: Juventus have had 12 more minutes on ball possession (39-27) than Parma. Interesting, and quite a difference.
  • 87'
    SubstitutionSebastian Giovinco Paolo De Ceglie
  • 87'
    And yes, De Ceglie makes his appearance as Giovinco is taken straight into the dressing room in some evident pain. Three minutes plus injury time left.
  • 87'
    Giovinco stretchered off, as Paolo de Ceglie is set to come on in his place. Fantastic double save form Storari, first from Ninis who gets a powerful strike from distance, before turning behind Gobbi's effort. Great performance from the keeper.
  • 86'
    Doesn't look good for Giovinco as he is helped off by the coaching staff and the physio. Juve temporarily down to ten men for now. A third substitution on the cards.
  • 85'
    Giovinco being treated by the physio team after being involved in a late challenge. A good start on the whole for the Old Lady, who under Carrera have started the season brightly in the second period.
  • 83'
    Parma finishing on a strong note in Turin as Gobbi attempts to whip in a teasing low cross from the flank. Storari, who hasn't done a lot wrong this evening, is well equal to it.
  • 81'
    SubstitutionAleandro Rosi Graziano Pellè
  • 81'
    Roberto Donadoni's men with their final change of the game, with Rosi being replaced by Graziano Pelle.
  • 80'
    Parma stepping up their efforts in the final ten minutes as Biabiany fires a testing effort towards Storari, with Juventus failing to contain the front three of the Frenchman, along with Ninis and Belfodil. Substitution being readied.
  • 79'
    SubstitutionMirko Vučinić Alessandro Matri
    And the second sub: Mirko Vucinic, who has endured an average second period, comes off for Alessandro Matri as Juve search for their third.
  • 78'
    SubstitutionStephan Lichtsteiner Simone Padoin
    Double substitution for Juventus. Goalscorer Lichtsteinerer is off for Simone Padoin, as the Swiss international looks to be carrying some sort of knock.
  • 78'
    VALDES! Surging run from the midfielder who races past a number of players, but fails to negotiate a way past Barzagli. At the other end, Giovinco's poor volley flashes wide.
  • 76'
    Parma are threatening in the last quarter of an hour, as Belfodil and Ninis attempt to cause havoc in the Juventus box. Donadoni's men looking for their goal.
  • 75'
    Yellow Card Claudio Marchisio
  • 75'
    Yellow card for Marchisio on a late lunge on Lucarelli as we enter the last 15 or so minutes. Alessandro Matri will come on in a few moments.
  • 74'
    BELFODIL! Oh, how close was that? Biabiany shows his marker a clean pair of heels on the flank before weighting a pass to the former Lyon man who attempts to convert it, though Barzagli's last touch means it goes out for a corner.
  • 74'
    Marchisio does brilliantly to shrug off his marker and produce a through-ball towards Giovinco which is almost pulled off, had it not been for a late intervention from Paletta. Valdes is booked by the referee meanwhile.
  • 73'
    Yellow Card Jaime Valdes
  • 72'
    Comments on Pirlo's goal: Bieron Mehmeti: i think it crossed but the keeper moved it out of the goal. thats why goal-technology is needed when ever ball pases line it should beep. Rocco Venusio: wow, im a juve fan but that pirlo goal will surely cause some controversy.
  • 71'
    Parma attempt a counter attack after Asamoah is dispossessed. Belfodil does well to put pressure on Luca Marrone who successfully gets the ball to Storari.
  • 69'
    Juventus on their way for their 18th win in 41 games against the Gialloblu. Furthermore, the 2-0 scoreline means Parma have still never kept a clean sheet away at Juve's ground in Serie A
  • 68'
    Gabriel Paletta receives a booking after a late challenge. Parma's second booking of the game. On the field, Giovinco again moves into a fantastic position, making a run behind the back three, though his effort isn't successful once more.
  • 67'
    Yellow Card Gabriel Paletta
  • 67'
    Zaccardo surprisingly comes in from the back, being picked out with a fine cross from the opposite flank. Ball is cut out well by Asamoah.
  • 65'
    BIABIANY! Parma are opening up Juve here, with Ninis threading a lovely through ball towards the Frenchman, who forces Storari in a fine save. First bit of action for the goalkeeper.
  • 63'
    PENALTY? NO! Poor throw-in from Asamoah, which is well taken advantage of by substitute Ninis who tricks his way into the box before being hurled down. Might've been a bit harsh to give it, but a sloppy moment from Asamoah nonetheless.
  • 62'
    The fallout continues regarding goal-line technology. Serie A becomes the first domestic league in the world with referee assistants on the goal-line, and ironically, in the second game of the season, we have an incident. What are your thoughts? Send us in your comments below, as well as your tweets.
  • 61'
    Lichtsteiner plays in Giovinco with a deft through ball, and the forward races in past Mirante before being whistled offside. Gobbi plays him on, and the linesman has made a right hash of that decision.
  • 60'
    Well, a fumble from Mirante on Pirlo's free-kick. But, the assistant referee behind the goal has given it. The ball didn't cross the line from the pictures I see over here (in its entirety anyway), but Parma have accepted the decision. 2-0.
  • 58'
    Goal Andrea Pirlo
    GOAL! Andrea Pirlo with a fantastic free-kick, and it appears to have crossed the line. The referee doesn't give it, but the assistant behind the goal-line does. Well, what has happened here?
  • 58'
    Substitution, the first of the game for Parma. Former Lyon forward Ishak Belfodil comes on for Dorlan Pabon. Sotiris Ninis also comes on too.
  • 57'
    SubstitutionAfriyie Acquah Sotiris Ninis
  • 57'
    SubstitutionD. Pabón Ishak Belfodil
  • 57'
    Yellow Card Alessandro Lucarelli
  • 57'
    Oh, poor tackle from Lucarelli who takes down Vidal using his arm. The captain will be booked by Andrea Romeo, the referee. Free-kick in Pirlo territory here.
  • 55'
    Lovely work from Asamoah who has been impressive in this game so far. Agnelli looks on with a smile on the bench, as Lichtsteiner opens Juve's account for 2012-13. The Swiss midfielder ghosted in from the back, and makes up for an average first half showing.
  • 54'
    Assist Kwadwo Asamoah
  • 54'
    Goal Stephan Lichtsteiner
    GOOOAALL!! LICHTSTEINER SCORES! The champions open their account for 2012-13. Parma were always going to crack, and finally it takes the Swiss midfielder to beat Mirante with a lovely finish. Barzagli into Asamoah, who gets past Rosi, and its Lichtsteiner with a tap-in.
  • 54'
    Marchisio attempting to get a clean hit on the rebound, but the ball appears to strike a Parma player on the torso, with handball being claimed. Play continues.
  • 53'
    VUCINIC! Well, they're lining up to break the deadlock here. Fantastic pass by Vidal, a deft touch in toward Vucinic whose effort is well saved by Mirante, as he tips it over the bar. Just how many will it take to beat Mirante here?!
  • 51'
    OH WHAT A MISS! VIDAL! Juventus spurn another one, lovely work by Asamoah to roll the ball towards the far post. A touch too heavy from the Ghanaian, as the ball beats Mirante and Paletta, with Vidal failing to get a touch onto it also.
  • 50'
    Valdes goes down after being tumbled over by Vidal, as the Chilean gets stuck in a little too eagerly. Valdes with the free-kick and it's cut out by Barzagli. Biabiany does well to stay on his feet there. Nice to see.
  • 50'
    Valdes goes down after being tumbled over by Vidal, as the Chilean gets stuck in a little too eagerly. Valdes with the free-kick and it's cut out by Barzagli. Biabiany does well to stay on his feet there. Nice to see.
  • 48'
    Juventus beginning the second half exactly as they ended the first, dominating the Gialloblu, and failing to take their chances due to profligate finishing. Roberto Donadoni's men will have to align themselves against the champions, and attempt to contain them.
  • 47'
    CHANCE! A poor header from Acquah, and the loose ball falls to Asamoah who shoots horribly wide, but is reprieved as the ball cannons off Lucarelli for the corner.
  • 46'
    And an early foul to get us started in the second period. Zaccardo on Vucinic, with the referee awarding a free-kick to the hosts.
  • 46'
  • The players are back onto the pitch as the second half is set to begin. Pogba and Matri have been warming up for the hosts.
  • Chace Lorens: I think Juventus will suffer without a lethal striker. They need to wrap the deal for Llorente soon.
  • Taleb Khori: 3-5-2 is not for this game. the pace of the game is slow especially from Juventus. i suggest they shift to 4-3-3 and can rise up the momentum of the game. Note, Bonucci on the right flank is making alot of mistakes Lich should come back that means they must shift to 4-3-3
  • I'll be back for the second half in 15 minutes. Continue sending us your comments and tweets.
  • Well, the Serie A champions have failed to assert their authority in their first league match of the season, opening sluggishly. Though they stepped up towards the end of the half, Arturo Vidal's missed penalty after Mirante's foul on Lichtsteiner has ensured that the game remains poised at 0-0.
  • HALF-TIME: Juventus 0-0 Parma
  • 45' + 3'
    Acquah surges forward on the left flank, as Lichsteiner closes him down, that surely is the last moment of the first half and it proves to be just that.
  • 45' + 2'
    VUCINIC! Oh, how close was that? Lovely effort from the Montenegrin who attempts the audacious despite the options afforded to him. He spots Mirante off his line slightly, and from an acute angle, he almost catches out the keeper, as the ball flies over by just inches.
  • 45' + 1'
    Into three added minutes at the end of the first half.
  • 45'
    Still raining somewhat in Turin as we enter stoppage time. Neither side have really gained a stranglehold on this game, but the last ten or so minutes have seen the Old Lady step up their efforts.
  • 43'
    GIOVINCO! Couldn't get a great swing at the ball, but the effort was decent enough. Under pressure from Paletta, the former Parma man on the edge of the area strikes powerfully, but it's well kept by Mirante.
  • 41'
    Pabon runs straight into Bonucci, who instigates a Juventus move on the other side of the field. Asamoah fails to pick out a team-mate as Rosi heads away, with Pirlo opting to cross, rather than shoot, with the ball flying harmlessly in Mirante's arms.
  • 40'
    Juventus beginning to slip into their rhythm here, and Parma are beginning to crack on the evidence of the last few minutes. The Gialloblu look a different team to the one that started the encounter 40 minutes ago.
  • 39'
    Oh, Parma very lucky to escape unscathed there. A delightful through ball cuts open the defence as Paletta gets a touch on the ball which almost takes it away from Mirante. Very close, that.
  • 38'
    Few comments from our readers: Andy A Jewel: Offside not a penalty no way in heck a yellow card missed it = poetic justice AND: Silva Neymar: Juventus is needed of a world class striker, Vucinic is more of a playmaker and gets offside many times.. jovetic/llorente?
  • 37'
    Vucinic attempts to take on his marker, and with Lichsteiner arriving at the far post, the forward makes nothing of it, as it goes out for a goal-kick harmlessly.
  • 35'
    Vidal attempts to make amends for his woeful penalty miss by trying a curling shot from outside the box which Mirante is equal to. The Bianconeri have spurned their best chance of the game so far.
  • 34'
    Penalty save Antonio Mirante
    SAVED! ARTURO VIDAL MISSES THE PENALTY! A drab spot-kick, and justice may have been done in regards to Lichtsteiner being offside in the first place. The Chilean shoots straight at Mirante, who palms it away.
  • 34'
    Missed Penalty Arturo Vidal
  • 33'
    Yellow Card Antonio Mirante
    Oh what's happened here? Lichtsteiner is offside, but a mistake forces him on a one against one against Mirante, who takes him down. The referee is unaware of what has happened, with the assistant behind the goal awarding it. Vidal to take.
  • 33'
  • 32'
    Juventus beginning to up the ante as the fans roar on their side. The champions keep the ball in the opposite half, as Giovinco locates Asamoah, who switches the ball to the other side, but the move fizzles out.
  • 31'
    Asamoah afforded the space in midfield, and picks out Vucinic with a fine pass into the penalty box, but it deflects off the ex-Roma forward.
  • 30'
    Approaching the half-hour mark in Turin, and it is still 0-0. Parma threatening, but are content on containing Juve at the back by virtue of their solid earguard. Vucinic has come close with a header, with that the only highlight of the first 30 so far.
  • 28'
    Jaime Valdes attempts to keep possession and find a team-mate, as Parma are forced to retreat once more and play the ball all the way back.
  • 26'
    Vucinic adjudged offside, after attempting to latch onto a pass from Vidal, who had Lichtsteiner as an option on the flank. Vucinic doesn't look like a happy man.
  • 25'
    Parma retrieve the ball, with Parolo dispossessing a player, and setting Biabiany on his way. The Frenchman reciprocates the favour, as Parolo sends in a low cross which is cleared.
  • 24'
    Yellow Card Afriyie Acquah
  • 23'
    Another close call for Parma, as the ball is lofted in from the flank, but evades the boot of a stretching Vucinic by inches, as Mirante regains possession. The Bianconeri are knocking on the door.
  • 22'
    Giovinco causing a little bit of havoc in the Parma box, attempting to combine with Pirlo and negotiate a way past Zaccardo and Paletta. A wayward pass ensures that Mirante picks up the ball easily.
  • 20'
    Lucarelli penalised for a foul on Mirko Vucinic, who by my reckoning, goes down a little too easily. Nevertheless, Roberto Donadoni's men have enjoyed a decent opening to the new season.
  • 19'
    Another statistic courtesy of Opta: Sebastian Giovinco has come back to Juventus after two seasons spent at Parma: he scored four goals in as many league appearances against Juventus with the Gialloblu, more than against any other Serie A team so far.
  • 18'
    VUCINIC! Close! Fantastic delivery from Pirlo from a free-kick from 30 yards out, which is whipped in towards the Montenegrin, whose dipping header almost catches out Mirante.
  • 16'
    Great piece of attacking play from the visitors. Gobbi is adjudged correctly to be offside, after Pabon's shot from outside the box caused a little confusion in the defence. Little sloppy from the hosts.
  • 14'
    Asamoah clears a ball towards Giovinco who attempts to trick his way past Gabriel Paletta. The visitors continue to test the Juve defence with their attacking forays, but the back three are holding their own for now.
  • 13'
    Smooth movement from Roberto Donadoni's men as Biabiany bombs down the wing, attempting to pick out Acquah before Marrone's intervention. Good start from last season's eighth-place finishers.
  • 11'
    Yellow Card Sebastian Giovinco
  • 11'
    Oh, what's gone on here? Pirlo takes a free-kick, curling all the way towards Mirante in the Parma goal. However, the referee whistles, before showing a yellow card to Giovinco who was adjudged to have dived, searching for a penalty.
  • 9'
    Giovinco with a cross from the right hand side, though fails to pick up a team-mate. First statistic of the game: Juventus have lost their first game of the season only once in the last 28 Serie A campaigns (1-0 in Bari in August 2010).
  • 9'
    Lovely one-touch passing movement originating from Pirlo, onto Bonucci and up the field towards Vucinic, whose heavy touch evades Lichtensteiner, leaving the ball rolling out towards a throw-in.
  • 7'
    Not a bad corner from Donadoni's men, with Biabiany getting a powerful header on it, before flying wide. Marchisio appears to have taken a heavy fall, jumping with the Frenchman, as the referee halts play. Marchisio is back up however.
  • 6'
    Bonucci attempts to atone for the earlier lapse by picking out Giovinco up forward. Hoever, the ball is wayward, with Asamoah failing to keep it in. Parma attack at the other end, as Marrone goes in on Pabon, with Gobbi winning a corner for the visitors.
  • 5'
    Bonucci lacks a little concentration at the back as Parma retrieve the ball, and move into a three v three situation. However, new signing Dorlan Pabon strikes from distance, which is easily saved by Storari.
  • 4'
    Yellow Card Jonathan Biabiany
  • 4'
    Juventus surge through the midfield, with Mirko Vucinic losing possession after Arturo Vidal goes down, a late challenge from Jonathan Biabiany, who will get booked here. Play is stopped momentarily.
  • 3'
    Asamoah pulling the strings in the midfield, bringing in an intervention from the defence as the ball is threaded into the penalty area. However, Arturo Vidal shoots from 20 yards out, firing horribly wide.
  • 2'
    An early indication of things to come for the Gialloblu as Marco Parolo bursts down the left flank, crossing in for Pabon who heads tamely into Storari's arms.
  • 1'
    UNDERWAY in Turin as Juventus begin their defence of the Serie A title. Andrea Romeo whistles, with Parma getting us started, attacking from right to left.
  • About to get underway at the Juventus Stadium, where the teams are out onto the field.
  • Few comments already coming in: Giwrgakic Sake says: Sotiris Ninis must play ...hes skills are amazing - he starts on the bench. Whilst Ryu Hayabusa says: Juve will win, Forza Juve. Keep those comments coming.
  • TEAM NEWS: New signings Kwadwo Asamoah and Sebastian Giovinco will both be on the field, while young keeper Nicola Leali gains a place on the bench due to Buffon's injury, as Storari starts. Colombia international Dorlan Pabon, meanwhile, will partner Jonathan Biabiany up front in his first appearance since completing a summer transfer from Atletico Nacional. He will start in place of Amauri, who misses out on facing his old club because of a muscle complaint
  • PARMA (3-5-2): Mirante; Zaccardo, Paletta, Lucarelli; Rosi, Acquah, Valdes, Parolo, Gobbi; Biabiany, Pabon. Subs: Pavarini, Bajza, Fideleff, Benalouane, Musacci, Modesto, Morrone, Ninis, Belfodil, Pelle
  • JUVENTUS (3-5-2): Storari; Barzagli, Marrone, Bonucci; Lichtsteiner, Vidal, Pirlo, Marchisio, Asamoah; Giovinco, Vucinic. SUBS: Leali, Branescu, Chiellini, Masi, Pogba, De Ceglie, Boakye, Padoin, Giaccherini, Quagliarella, Matri.
  • Fiorentina opened up the 2012-13 campaign with a stunning second-half performance to edge Udinese 2-1 in Florence. Stevan Jovetic netted twice, the winner in injury time, to seal the three points against the Zebrette, who will now have to regroup and ensure they are ready for the visit of Braga in the Champions League on Tuesday.
  • Parma meanwhile are hoping to continue their recent good form against the Italian champions. Three wins in their last five head-to-head encounters, including a 4-1 away win in January 2011, in which Giovinco grabbed a double. Nevertheless, the Gialloblu are without Raffaele Palladino, as well as Daniele Galloppa who is suspended. Parma have made a number of signings during the off-season, including the acquisition of the former Roma duo Aleandro Rosi and Stefano Okaka as well as resigning Amauri from Fiorentina.
  • Juve are without coach Antonio Conte who was slapped with a ten-month ban by the FIGC following the investigation into Scommesopoli, with Massimo Carrera installed as caretaker in his absence. The Old Lady will have to contend with the absences of Gianluigi Buffon who joins Lucio, Martin Caceres and Mauricio Isla on the sidelines through injury.
  • Juventus begin their defence of the Serie A title against the side who surged to a convincing eighth place finish last season with eight wins in their last nine games of the 2011-12 campaign, to end level on points with AS Roma and two behind Inter. With Sebastian Giovinco quitting the Ennio Tardini for the Bianconeri, how will Roberto Donadoni's men fare, with ex-Juve striker Amauri missing out
  • Well, we're lucky that there's even a match on, with the game rumoured to be delayed or even postponed due to torrential rain in and around the Turin area today. However, ground staff have ensured the pitch is up to scratch, with the game set to go ahead.
  • Let me introduce myself first, my name is Mohammed Ali, and I'll be guiding you through all the action over the next 90 or so minutes. Get involved as always on Twitter - you can follow International @goal_intl, or via the comments section at the bottom of the page. Understood? Let's move on.
  • Good evening, and welcome to's LIVE text commentary of the second match of the new Serie A season from the Juventus Stadium in Turin. It's champions Juve, against Parma, the match which christened this very arena 11 months ago. Confirmed team-news shortly.
  • Yes, Calcio has returned to take control of our lives for the next ten months or so, and after a summer of uncertainty surrounding Antonio Conte's judicial woes, the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva among others quitting the peninsula for Ligue 1 and the small matter of Italy reaching the Euro 2012 final, the football has well and truly returned. Are you ready?
  • It's back! Serie A returns after a long summer, in which nothing of note has really happened.........