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September 11, 2011
• Juventus Stadium, Torino
Referee: D. Celi
• Attendance: 41254
S. Lichtsteiner 17'
S. Pepe 58'
A. Vidal 74'
C. Marchisio 83'
S. Giovinco 90'+
90' + 4'
IT IS OVER! Juventus record a promising 4-1 win over bogey team Parma, ending the Ducali's 19-year-long unbeaten record in Serie A opening games. Pirlo was the star of the show as he assisted Lichsteiner's opener, and Marchisio's clincher, while Pepe and Vidal each netted a strike of their own. A sight for Juve fans' sore eyes, who have seen many shameful performances from their team in recent years, but things are finally looking up now. Stay with us for our post-match materials and do not forget to join us for our live coverage of Roma - Cagliari! Bye, for now!
90' + 2'
Penalty Goal Sebastian Giovinco
90' + 2'
Giovinco sends Buffon the wrong way. 4-1, but it is surely too little, too late for Parma.
90' + 1'
Red Card Paolo De Ceglie
PARMA WIN A PENALTY! Giovinco is hacked down as he was breaking away from Juventus' defence, and De Ceglie receives a red card, and concedes a penalty.
Yellow Card Emanuele Giaccherini
Giaccherini is caught offside, but still strikes a ball for the top-left corner, which Mirante stops with surprising ease.
Well, Parma's unbeaten record in Serie A opening games is set to be vanished today as Juventus are cruising through the last minutes of the game.
GOAL! 4-0! Marchisio with a superb goal as he deftly lobbed Mirante in the air after another majestic pass over Parma's defence by Andrea Pirlo.
Assist Andrea Pirlo
Goal Claudio Marchisio
Pirlo blasts a free-kick into the wall from 25 yards out. Vidal chases the ball in terrier fashion, provoking ovations from the stands.
Not much happening on the pitch as the two teams seems to have switched to autopilot.
Juventus continue to attack, looking for a fourth goal. Paletta barely manages to clear a Krasic cross, which almost met the head of Vidal in the centre of the box.
Most of Bundesliga fans will not be surprised by Vidal's deft goal as he occasionally found the back of the net for Leverkusen. 10 goals, 11 assists in 31 games last season from defensive midfield. Not bad.
Goal Arturo Vidal
GOAL! Vidal debuts in Serie A with a cracking volley! The Chilean controlled a ball on his chest, and then send a volley in the top left corner, leaving Mirante with no chance.
Krasic replaced Pepe some time ago, and the ex-Udiniese man received a standing ovation.
VUCINIC! Pepe raced down the flank, and delivered a precise low cross for Vucinic, who struck the ball first time, but his finish was blocked by Lucarelli.
A couple of minutes ago, Arturo Vidal replaced Del Piero, who leaves the pitch to the sound of deafening ovations. The Chilean sure got some boos from Bayern Munich fans as he entered the field.
Giovinco delivers a disappointing corner from the left, which Buffon punches clear. Not much going Parma's way today.
Alessandro Del Piero
Sergio Floccari comes on for Pelle. The ex-Atalanta, Lazio and Genoa man is a player, who can make the difference, when he puts his mind to it.
Some curious statistics here ... Parma have not lost their opening game in Serie A sicne 1992. 19 years, how about that !
Ex-Inter man Biabiany comes on for Modesto as Parma go for an attacking trident upfront.
Majestic strike by Pepe, who is slowly winning over the hearts of the Bianconeri fans. Vucinic replaced Matri just after the-ex Cagliari's man miss.
Assist Alessandro Del Piero
Goal Simone Pepe
GOAL! PEPE MAKES IT 2-0! The ex-Udinese man was released on the right side of the box, and send a crashing drive, which left Mirante with no chance.
MATRI! HITS THE POST! Del Piero releases the ex-Cagliari with a delightful through-ball, and faced with Mirante, can only struck the right post from 15 yards out.
Buffon is forced to make a good save on Giovinco, who send a semi-decent shot from the left, which the goalkeeper collected at the second attempt.
Pirlo with an accidental stamp on Valiani and the game is stopped so the Parma player can receive medical assistance.
Pepe slowly advances into the box with no challenge arriving for what seems like ages before sending a poor cross for Giaccherini on the opposite side of the penalty area. The ball goes out for a goal-kick.
Lucarelli is shown the first yellow card of the game for holding back Matri from behind. Deserved booking.
Yellow Card Alessandro Lucarelli
The second half begins ...
45' + 1'
The first half is over as Juventus lead by one goal. Stephan Lichtsteiner was the sole goalscorer in this period, tucking away a sublime pass over Parma's defence by Andrea Pirlo. The Old Lady look good value for their money, and will be keen to impress after the break. Can Parma fight back? Stay with us for the second period to find out.
Modesto is dispossessed near Juventus' penalty area by Lichtsteiner as the first period is drawing to a close.
Marchisio has done quite a bit of defensive work today, but has so far failed to impress in attacking sense. However, you can count on him to come up with something special occasionally.
GOAL! NO! RULED OUT! An in-swinger meets the head of Barzagli inside the box, and the ball reaches Matri, who scores with a header from four yards out, but it is ruled out for offside. Controversial decision here.
DEL PIERO! The Juventus legend finds himself on the end of an accidental clearance by Rubin, tries to square from the byline, but Morrone is there to clear the ball ahead of Claudio Marchisio.
Pirlo takes a free-kick on the left from 30 yards out, but his meek delivery ends in Mirante's hands.
Giovinco tries to do to much by himself as a nice exchange of short passes with Pelle sees him break through the centre, and tries to dribble past two players, but is stopped by Barzagli.
Juventus passing the ball around comfortably, waiting for an opening in Parma's defence.
De Ceglie with a fine 30-yard pass for Del Piero, who controls the ball with a sublime touch, but sees the ball go out for a goal kick after some good work in defence by Zaccardo.
Del Piero with a fine turn and pass just outside Parma's box, but Giaccherini fails to spot the Juventus legend's idea, and completely misses the pass.
Matri and Pepe play out a nice one-two and the ex-Udinese winger races down the right flank, and puts in a semi-decent cross for Del Piero, who slipped in the box before he could apply a finish.
The tempo has dropped in recent minutes as Juventus have taken their foot off the gas. One surprising move by Conte is benching Vidal, Krasic and Vucinic, who are arguably some of the top players in Juventus' squad.
Paletta with an ambitious 50-yard through-ball to Pelle which ends in Buffon's grateful hands.
Matri is unhappy as he once again is deemed to have committed a foul just as he was about to break free of Parma's defence. The goal has given Juventus some momentum.
Great goal by Juventus, and hats off to Pirlo for a superbly crafted goal. Now Del Piero goes close with a fine shot from outside the box, but his finish is blocked.
Assist Andrea Pirlo
Goal Stephan Lichtsteiner
GOAL! 1-0! Juventus score! Pirlo with a sublime pass over the top of the defence for Lichtsteiner inside the box. The Switzerland international pulled Mirante with a cool move before slotting past Mirante.
Lucarelli is hacked down by Lichtsteiner with a dangerous lunge and the Switzerland international is lucky to escape a booking. Del Piero protested for a foul just before the accident occurred, but none was given, and this probably provoked the ex-Lazio defender.
Pirlo's floating free-kick is well punched clear by ex-Juventus goalkeeper Antonio Mirante.
Matteo Rubin hacks down Simone Pepe 35 yards out, and Pirlo is behind the ball.
Del Piero is fouled near the centre of the pitch, the free-kick is taken quickly and Giaccherini storms down the left, but sends his subsequent cross over the defence and out for a throw-in.
DEL PIERO! Close on from Juventus! The Old Lady legend managed to control well inside the box, but was dispossessed by Lucarelli just before he could pull the trigger.
Matri is on the ground, holding his knee, as Lucarelli made contact with his right foot as the striker was trying to control an inviting ball from GIaccherini.
Valiani tries to hassle Juventus's defence, but to no avail as the Old Lady's defence keep their cool and manage to defuse a potentially risky situation in front of Buffon.
First attack of the game as Marchisio breaks away on the right, but his low cross is cleared from inside the box by Lucarelli. Great atmosphere In Turin.
The first half begins ...
Parma: Mirante; Zaccardo, Paletta, Lucarelli, Rubin; Valiani, Morrone, Galloppa, Modesto; Giovinco, Pelle.
Juventus: Buffon; Lichtsteiner, Barzagli, Chiellini, De Ceglie; Pirlo, Marchisio; Pepe, Matri, Vucinic, Elia.
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's live coverage of today's game between Juventus and Parma! It is a significant day for the Old Lady as they welcome their recent bogey team in their newly opened stadium. Conte's new Juve faces his first test, and the millions of fans will be expecting a majestic performance from one of the grands of Italy. Here are the teams:
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