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February 15, 2012
• 12:30 PM
• Stadio Ennio Tardini, Parma
Referee: P. Mazzoleni
• Attendance: 13000
It was all Juve really, but Parma were resolute and held out for a well-earned draw. Donadoni is still unbeaten as Parma manager, and AC Milan are still top of Serie A. I've been Alex Mott, thanks for joining me.
90' + 4'
And that's it. Full time here at the Ennio Tardini, and it finishes Parma 0-0 Juve.
90' + 3'
Yellow Card Antonio Mirante
90' + 3'
Yellow Card Fabio Quagliarella
90' + 3'
Pirlo goes down in the area under a challnege from Santacroce, but the referee waves play on. On first viewing it looked like a foul, but on replays, that is a fantastic decision from the referee.
90' + 2'
A wild challenge from Vidal on Giovinco results in a free kick to Parma on the left-hand touchline. The former Juve man takes it himself, and puts in a cross that's slightly overhit that Juve clear.
90' + 1'
Yellow Card Arturo Vidal
Four minutes of added time here.
Parma aren't just happy to settle for a draw here. Jonathan goes on a marauding run down the right, and puts in a deep cross for Floccari to try and get on the end of. He doesn't and Buffon catches.
OOHHH. So close for Juve. A ball from Pirlo found Giaccherini on the left-hand side of the area. The youngster took a touch, and all alone in the box, shot straight at the goalkeeper when it was perhaps easier to score. Great chance. Should be 1-0.
Juve almost produced "maximum firepower" there. Pirlo had a shot from 25yds tipped around the post by Pavarini. Then, from the resulting corner, saw Barzagli have header go agonisingly over the bar.
@opeakintude is moaning about Juve's lack of firepower, and offers this gem: "Juve better go get Neymar cos there striker's lack maximum firepower when expected."
@No1_Juve_Fan is unsurprisingly going with a 1-0 Juve win. But at the moment, this is probably Parma's best period of the game. Giovinco, in particular, is completely running the show.
Yellow Card Leonardo Bonucci
The substitute, Quagliarella, links up with Vucinic 25 yds from goal. The Montenegran then runs with the ball into the area, and tries to smash the ball across goal, into the far, left-hand corner. It goes wide.
@olhtale99 thinks this'll finish 2-0 to Juventus, and that Giaccherini should have started. I'm not so sure about 2-0, but Juventus definitely need some sort of impetus from midfield. The triumvarite of Pirlo, Vidal and Marchisio is fantastic in possession, but Matri and Vucinic have looked lost up front. Let's see if the subs make any impact in the last 15 minutes.
Giovinco shows all his class there to get past Bonucci inside the area. The little forward then takes a touch, and goes down under some pressure from Bonucci. The referee looks at it, but waves away any penalty claims, and Juve clear. A brilliant piece of skill though.
Even though Parma have come into the game a lot more in this half, it's still all Juventus pretty much with possession. That time, some short, sharp passess between Giaccherini, Vidal and Pirlo, culminated in the former Milan man spraying the ball forward for Quagliarella to run onto. The substitute couldn't quite get there though, and the ball ran away for a goal kick.
On the counter, and Mariga plays a beautifully waited ball through to Giovinco, who shimmies and goes round the on-rushing Buffon. The former Juve forward takes the ball a tad too wide, and even though he does get a shot in, it's a poor one as it dribbles across goal for Barzagli to come and clear.
Up the other end, and it's another corner for Juve. Pirlo whips in another good ball, and finds the head of Vucinic on the corner of the six-yard box, who flicks it over the bar.
Mariga does fantastically well there to get to the byline past Barzagli. His cross though, under pressure from the ever-present Italian, is a rushed one, and is shanked wide for a goal kick.
It's Pirlo on the ball again, but this time, he looks for Matri with a long, diagonal ball. Ferrario does well though, and comes through the back of the former Cagliari man to clear.
Vidal does expertly well to dispossess Mariga on the halfway line, and gives the ball to Pirlo just on the outside of the D. The Italian plays it out wide to Lichtsteiner, but before the ball can get there, Lucarelli comes across and clears the ball.
Chiellini slots Estigarribia through on the left-hand side of the area. The Paraguayan gets to the byline, and can't decide between a shot or a cross. In the end, he does neither and both, and squanders a brilliant opportunity to make it 1-0.
A bit of to-ing and fro-ing between Valiani and Estigarribia there, as one tackle the other, and then the other tackled the one. The Parma man comes away with the ball though, and tries to set up an attack down the right. He doens't.
The corner's terrible.
Parma have their first genuine effort on goal. Morrone plays Giovinco through on the left-hand side of the area, and the former Juve player gets an early strike on goal. Buffon though, is more than equal to it, and tips the ball around the post for a corner.
@OmarAb96 on Twitter is a Juve fan, and thinks his side might just clinch all three points tonight. And Omar's prediction very nearly comes half right, as Matri plays Estigarribia through. The Paraguayan though, can't quite get his shot away, and Parma clear.
Second half is underway here in Parma. And it's Juventus who will kick off, going from left-to-right.
Half time here at the Ennio Tardini, and it's 0-0. Juve have had all the ball, but just can't break down this Parma defence. I'll be back in 15 minutes for the second half, but in the meantime, do get in touch via Twitter @alexjmott. I'm also criminally underfollowed.
Very close for Juve. A one-two between Vucinic and Matri sees the latter through on goal, but the former Cagliari man's touch is a poor one, and Pavarini comes to collect for the last touch of the half.
More sustained Juventus possession. And this time, Pirlo gives it to Lichtsteiner, who tries to put in a deep cross, but it's blocked by Zaccardo and the ball goes for a corner. Pirlo takes it, and puts it deep into the Parma box. The referee spots a foul though by Barzagli and a free kick is given to Parma.
Up the other end, and it's a corner to Parma after a poor clearance by Barzagli. Giovinco whips it in from the left, but it only goes as far as the near post, and Juve clear away the danger.
Marchisio plays it square to Pirlo on the halfway line, who in turn sprays it out wide to Lichtsteiner. The Swiss international takes a touch and fires a cross in towards the far post. Estigarribia tires to get there, but the Paraguayan can't quite reach it as it goes out for a goal kick.
Lichtsteiner, who for my money has been Juve's best player this season, works his _____ off down the right, and wins a corner for Juve. Pirlo whips it in, and finds Vucinic at the near post. The former Roma man then takes a touch, and fires a low shot at goal, but Pavarini is equal to it, and palms the ball away.
Oh dear. Chiellini gets a nosebleed with the ball at his feet just outside the area, and tries a chipped through ball/ kind-of-half-shot-thing. Either way, it's rubbish, and Pavarini sees the ball out.
More one touch mastery from Pirlo as he finds the feet of Vucinic with a pass around the corner. The Montenegran has another shot from outside the area, but it's saved easily by Pavarini.
That is class. Some fantastic triangles by the Juventus midfield, completely baffle their Gialloblu counterparts, and the ball ends at the feet of Vucinic 25yds from goal. The former Roma man takes a brilliant first touch to skip clear of Ferrario, and spanks a shot at goal with his second. It's not a great one though, and it ends up skying over the bar.
Parma have their first real run at the Juve defence. And it's Modesto down the left, who takes it past Lichtsteiner, and puts in a ball for Floccari to try and control. He can't though, and Buffon comes off his line to collect.
Yellow Card Cristian Zaccardo
It's another free kick to Juventus. And this time, it's right on the edge of the area. Pirlo strikes it, and oooohhhh, it is so close. He struck sweetly, but it just evaded the right-hand post.
A Pirlo free kick is whipped in from the right-hand touchline, and although the cross is an inviting one, Lucarelli gets the better of Chiellini and heads clear.
Like a lot of Juve games I've seen this season, they're keeping the ball virtually at will, but as yet, haven't created any real goalscoring opportunities.... Apart from the Chiellini header.
Luccarelli tries to play the ball up to Biabiany with a long, diagonal ball, but Barzagli comes and heads the ball clear.
Juve are just keeping the ball at will. Estigarribia has it on the left, and tries to take it past Biabiany, but the former Inter and Samp man blocks, and sees the ball come off the Uruguayan for a throw in.
Remember when Biabiany was meant to be the 'next best thing' at Inter? Well he gives the ball away quite needlessly in his own half, and Juve go on a counter-attack with Vucinic at the heart of it. The Montenegran is all on his own though, just outside the Parma area, and decides to shoot, rather poorly.
It's tried to play short, but Matri's not on the same wave-length, and the ball is given away.
Vidal steals the ball off of Morrone on the half way line, and tries to maraude forward with the ball. Morrone's having none of it though, and lumps Vidal one for a free kick.
Matri's fouled Ferrario just outside the Parma area, which gives me time to tell you that this Juve team are really quite good. They're out the blocks like a prize-winning greyhound on heat tonight.
Corr Blimey. Pirlo whips in a ball from the right, and finds the head of Chiellini - what's he doing up there? - who puts it straight onto the base of the left-hand post. That was desperately unlucky.
Oh yeah. Football. Ummm. Parma have a thrown in in their own half. It's given away. The ball's back to Buffon now.
And already, Juve have the ball. Just as a side note: Conte's side are playing in that awful pink get-up again. When will they learn. *shaking head*
We're underway. And it's Parma who kick off, going from left-to right.
Here we go then. The players are entering the field, and obligatory shaking hands.
Less than 10 minutes until kick off here at the Tardini. And I can confirm, it isn't snowing.
As always, if you have anything to say on today's game, feel free to do so @alexjmott via Twitter.
Juve: (3-5-2) Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Lichtsteiner, Vidal, Pirlo, Marchisio, Estigarribia; Vucinic, Matri.
And here are the teams: Parma: (3-4-3) Pavarini; Zaccardo, Ferrario, Lucarelli; Valiani, Morrone, Mariga, Modesto; Giovinco, Floccari, Biabiany.
The reverse fixture, on the first day of the season, was a complete walk-over for Juve: the Bianconeri winning 4-1. But, the last time Juve lost in the league was at the Ennio Tardini, 25 games ago. Conte's side though, can go top of the league with a win today, so the motivation is definitely there for the Old Lady.
I'm Alex Mott, and I'll be your commentator this afternoon, for what looks like an intriguing encounter. New Parma coach Roberto Donadoni hasn't lost yet since taking over at Christmas. Whilst Juventus haven't lost, period.
Hello, wherever you are. Who needs the Champions League when you have a rearranged Serie A fixture? Exactly. And with that spirit of optimism, welcome to Goal.com's LIVE, play-by-play coverage of Parma vs Juventus from the Stadio Ennio Tardini.
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