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March 26, 2014
• Juventus Stadium, Torino
Referee: L. Banti
• Attendance: 38535
C. Tévez 25', 32'
C. Molinaro 62'
Shots on Target
Juventus look to make it 23 games unbeaten in Serie A when they travel to Napoli at the weekend albeit without the suspended Carlos Tevez. As for Parma, they aim to revive their Europa League ambitions when they travel to Lazio. Thanks for joining me, Max Bentley, on this live commentary. Until next time, goodbye.
That result marks Juventus' 15th successive home win in the league this season - a Serie A record. They have Carlos Tevez to thank for the three points this evening as his double takes the Bianconeri 14 points clear of second-placed Roma.
FT: Juventus 2-1 Parma. Luca Banti blows the final whistle, drawing a huge roar from the home support. Parma's 17-game unbeaten Serie A run has finally come to an end as Juventus' seemingly relentless charge towards a third successive Scudetto continues.
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Juventus are in no mood to surrender the lead here and they pass the ball around the defence in a bid to retain possession. It's been a brave second-half effort from Donadoni's men but their first-half defending and Amauri's dismissal have proved so costly.
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Quagliarella has been heavily involved since coming off the bench and he gives Juventus some respite as his goalbound effort deflects off Paletta before going behind for a corner. Can Parma muster one more attack?
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Parma are having a real go here and Schelotto breaks beyond the Juventus defence in an attempt to reach Felipe's raking pass, only to see Buffon rush off his line to pluck the ball out of the air. Juventus are looking nervous in the closing stages.
SO CLOSE TO 2-2! Parma nearly snatch a dramatic late equaliser as Molinaro's shot is parried by Buffon straight into the path of Schelotto. The on-loan Inter man looks set to convert the rebound but Marchisio flings himself bravely towards the ball to make a crucial last-ditch challenge. Heroic defending from Marchisio there.
Parma are started to tire here and that Amauri dismissal looks to be taking its toll. Juventus go desperately close to making it 3-1 when Quagliarella picks out Tevez on the edge of the box but he is denied his hat trick as his shot bounces agonisingly past the post.
Yellow Card Afriyie Acquah
Parma's desire to push forward is leaving them exposed at the back and they survive a late scare when Isla's cross is just too high for the unmarked Vidal at the back post. Acquah picks up a booking for fouling Quagliarella in the build-up.
There are seven minutes remaining at the Juventus Stadium and despite their numerical disadvantage, Parma are desperately pouring forward in search of the equaliser which would extend their 17-match unbeaten run. Will we see a late goal?
Tevez screams for a penalty as he believes his free kick strikes the arm of Molinaro in the wall. However, the referee waves away the Argentine's appeals and rightfully allows play to continue.
Third change for Parma and it is Schelotto who finally enters the action as he comes on to replace the impressive Marchionni.
CHANCE FOR JUVENTUS! Quagliarella has a chance to wrap up the points as he controls Tevez's cross inside the box. However, he cannot produce the finish to match as his half-volley is well held by Mirante.
Yellow Card Mattia Cassani
Cassani is the next player to be shown the yellow card by Luca Banti after a hand in the face of Chiellini. The Juventus centre-back has been in the wars today.
Biabiany has been arguably Parma's brightest spark this evening and he seizes upon hesitancy by Chiellini to get in behind the Juventus defence but cannot pick out a teammate with his cutback.
Antonio Conte opts to make a final change and Fabio Quagliarella is handed a rare run-out as he replaces Fernando Llorente.
Yellow Card Carlos Tévez
Carlos Tevez picks up a booking after his hand strikes Felipe in the face. That means that he will be suspended for the weekend clash away at Napoli.
Antonio Conte is hoping to give Juventus more stability down the wings and he hands Lichtsteiner a rest as Isla enters the fray.
CHANCE FOR BIABIANY! Parma almost complete an impressive comeback as Cassano feeds Biabiany on the right corner of the box. However, the French winger lacks composure at the crucial moment and drags his effort across the goalmouth.
Parma face a mighty uphill challenge now and it almost gets worse as Llorente rounds Mirante but he cannot find the net from a narrow angle as the Parma defenders rush back.
Antonio Conte decides to make his first change of the game as Pirlo is replaced by Marchisio. It's not been one of his finer evenings in the Bianconeri jersey.
Red Card Amauri
AMAURI SENT OFF! It's an unhappy return for Amauri on his return to Turin as he is shown a straight red for an elbow on Chiellini. The 33-year-old looks baffled by that decision and although there was no intent, his arms were certainly raised. Chiellini receives medical attention as his head is bandaged up.
That goal has given Parma a renewed sense of confidence and they go close to snatching the equaliser when Parolo's shot flashes inches wide of the target. Can they find a second goal to extend their unbeaten league run?
Goal Cristian Molinaro
MOLINARO PULLS ONE BACK FOR PARMA! Roberto Donadoni's side can dream of a comeback now as Molinaro seizes on Caceres' clearing header on the edge of the box before beating Buffon with a stunning half-volley. The Azzurri No.1 had no chance of stopping that one. Game on, 2-1!
A second change follows for Parma as Afriyie Acquah comes on for on-loan Inter midfielder John Obi.
Roberto Donadoni opts to make his first change as Mattia Cassani replaces the captain Alessandro Lucarelli.
Juventus are sitting back a little deeper now and inviting the Parma pressure. However, Chiellini stands firm to head clear a series of crosses from the wings before Marchionni's shot is well blocked by Pogba. The Frenchman then attempts to send Tevez away with a searching pass but Paletta reads the play excellently to make a crucial stop.
Pogba displays his pace and strength to power beyond Lucarelli down the left and into the Parma box. However, Tevez's first touch is surprisingly heavy and Marchionni snaps at his ankles to steal possession. Donadoni needs to change something here.
Tevez again causes the Parma defence problems with his pace and he produces a fine pass to pick out Vidal on the right. The Chilean's low cross finds Llorente inside the box but he cannot swivel quickly enough to get his shot away and Paletta nips in to get the ball to safety.
The Juventus fans are in fine voice and they give Marchisio a good reception as he warms up on the touchline. Antonio Conte's side are firmly in control of this contest at the moment.
Parma are finding it difficult to penetrate Juventus down the middle and Lucarelli's long punt forward goes straight through for Buffon to collect. I would not be surprised to see Schelotto introduced from the bench if the game continues in this fashion.
Asamoah is fortunate not to receive a second yellow card as he again brings down Biabiany to halt a Parma counter attack. Cassano floats the resulting set-piece into the box but Paletta heads narrowly wide courtesy of a slight deflection.
Juventus threaten early in the second half when Bonucci rises highest to meet Pirlo's corner at the back post. However, his header is too central and Mirante makes the save.
The teams re-emerge from the tunnel for the second half and there have been no substitutions at the break. Juventus, aiming to make it 15 Serie A home wins from 15, get the game back underway.
HT: Juventus 2-0 Parma. Carlos Tevez grabs the headlines at the half-time whistle as his double gives Antonio Conte's side the advantage. Parma had looked organised and threatening until the 25th minute but Tevez showed his clinical nature to seize on a defensive error before opening the scoring with a fine individual effort. Roberto Donadoni opted to switch to a 3-5-2 formation but the centre-backs have not been able to combat Tevez's movement and the Argentine doubled Juventus' lead after Arturo Vidal's shot was parried. It's a huge mountain for Parma to climb in the second half as they attempt to preserve their 17-match unbeaten run.
Parma look to reduce the deficit before the half-time whistle and Molinaro pulls the ball back from the left corner of the box. However, of all the Parma players to meet it, it falls to Lucarelli who balloons an effort over the bar.
Yellow Card Arturo Vidal
Amauri is yet to threaten against his former club and watches another promising opportunity go begging as Chiellini nips in to prevent him from converting Biabiany's knockdown. Donadoni knows that his side need to make the most of these opportunities if they are to salvage anything from this game.
SO CLOSE TO 3-0! Juventus are looking to exploit the space in behind the Parma wing-backs and Asamoah plays a neat pass to Vidal on the left-hand side of the box. The Chilean spots the run of Llorente in the middle but Felipe produces a crucial sliding interception which forces Mirante into an awkward stop.
Pirlo is not enjoying one of his finest evenings in the Juventus jersey and he is robbed by Marchionni in a dangerous position once again, only to see the former Bianconeri man fail to pick out Cassano's clever run. Huge let-off for the Italy international.
Cassano produces a magnificent backheel to send Molinaro clear down the left. However, the wing-back frustratingly cannot pick out a teammate in the box as his cross goes behind for a goal kick. I wonder whether Donadoni will revert to his familiar 4-3-3 formation at the break.
Roberto Donadoni has never tasted success over Juventus in Serie A and it seems as though that record will continue today. Biabiany looks to respond for Parma as he darts into the box but Asamoah tracks back excellently to make a last-ditch interception.
Goal Carlos Tévez
TEVEZ MAKES IT 2-0! The Parma defenders simply cannot handle the Argentine at the moment and he doubles Juventus' lead with a close-range effort after Vidal's effort was parried by Mirante. Donadoni does not look amused on the touchline.
Yellow Card Kwadwo Asamoah
Asamoah becomes the first Juventus player to be cautioned after he brings down Biabiany on a Parma counter attack.
Juventus are looking for a second goal in quick succession but Pogba ignores the pleas of the crowd to shoot, instead clipping a cross into the box for Llorente who heads straight into the gloves of Mirante.
That goal means that Tevez is currently tied with Torino's Ciro Immobile at the top of the Serie A scoring charts with 18 goals.
Goal Carlos Tévez
WONDERFUL GOAL FROM TEVEZ! The Argentine has been a marginal figure so far but he shows his class here with a fine individual effort. Seizing on a lapse in concentration between the Parma centre-backs, Tevez picks up the ball before darting beyond Felipe and Paletta and firing a low shot through Mirante's legs and into the net.
The Juventus fans vent their frustration as Pirlo sends a sloppy pass straight out of play. Tevez has hardly touched the ball in the opening 23 minutes.
Juventus have faced criticism in recent weeks for a series of lacklustre performances and they are finding it difficult to break down the Parma resistance here. Pirlo is yet to get going in the Bianconeri midfield.
This is a good spell for Parma and their change of formation certainly does not seem to have had a negative impact on their attacking play. Obi drives forward from deep inside the Juventus half before dragging a shot wide of the target. Antonio Conte is up from the bench - he does not look happy.
BUFFON TO THE RESCUE! Parma go within inches of opening the scoring as Molinaro ghosts in behind Caceres to meet Lucarelli's punt forward. However, Buffon spreads himself excellently to make the save and keep the scores level. Molinaro has his head in his hands - he knows he should have scored there.
Juventus have an injury concern when Pogba receives a knee in the back. However, fortunately for the Bianconeri, he soon returns to his feet and play resumes.
You can sense the confidence in this Parma side and they are not content to just sit back and soak up the Juventus pressure. Cassano is looking to pull the strings in midfield but his cross towards the back post is just too far ahead of the onrushing Lucarelli.
Yellow Card J. Obi
Juventus break from the Parma corner and Obi picks up an early booking after hauling Lichtsteiner to the turf. The on-loan Inter midfielder will need to be careful now.
There is a good tempo to this game early on and it is Juventus who are probing for the early goal. However, Pirlo's lapse of concentration allows Marchionni to steal the ball in the Juventus half and he feeds Cassano on the left-hand side of the box. The in-form striker looks to pick out Amauri at the back post but Caceres marshalls him excellently to put the ball behind for a corner.
After Morgan De Sanctis, Buffon and Mirante are the two Serie A shotstoppers who have kept the most clean sheets (15 and 11 respectively) this season. While Buffon began his career with Parma, Mirante was a product of the Bianconeri youth academy.
Cassano has scored seven times in 21 matches against Juventus but the most recent occasion that he found the net was for Sampdoria in the 2010/11 season.
Vidal issues an apology to his teammates as his sloppy pass gifts possession to Cassano on the edge of the box. However, the 31-year-old striker cannot pick out a teammate with his cross and Buffon comfortably claims.
As you would expect, it is Juventus who are doing the early pressing and Pogba wins a free kick on the left when he is fouled by Lucarelli. However, Mirante rushes off his line quickly to punch Pirlo's teasing delivery to safety.
It appears that Parma are in fact playing a 3-5-2 formation to combat Juventus' attacking style. The Bianconeri defence will certainly have their hands full with Cassano and Amauri this evening.
Juventus are in their famous black and white jerseys but it is Parma, in their alternative yellow and blue kit, who will get the game underway. Whose unbeaten league run will come to an end this evening? Luca Banti blows his whistle and the game is underway.
The two teams emerge from the tunnel to a fantastic reception from both sets of fans. Captains Alessandro Lucarelli and Gianluigi Buffon begin the handshakes between the respective sides. Tonight's referee is Luca Banti.
Juventus have not conceded in their previous three games in all competitions but they will need to be wary of Antonio Cassano tonight. The 31-year-old has 11 goals in 27 league appearances and has created more chances for his teammates than anyone else in the Italian top flight. The enigmatic striker has even been tipped with a dramatic return to the Azzurri fold ahead of the World Cup.
PARMA (4-3-3): Mirante; Paletta, Lucarelli, Felipe, Molinaro; Parolo, Marchionni, Obi; Biabiany, Amauri, Cassano.
JUVENTUS (3-5-2): Buffon; Caceres, Bonucci, Chiellini; Lichtsteiner, Vidal, Pirlo, Pogba, Asamoah; Tevez, Llorente.
PARMA TEAM NEWS: Roberto Donadoni makes five changes to the side which came from behind to draw 1-1 with Genoa at the weekend. Former Juventus man Marco Marchionni returns from suspension to take his place in midfield, while Amauri also returns to Turin to partner Antonio Cassano in attack. Jonathan Biabiany, Felipe, John Obi and Cristian Molinaro are recalled to the starting XI with the in-form Ezequiel Schelotto, Gianni Munari, Afriyie Acquah and Massimo Gobbi dropping out.
JUVENTUS TEAM NEWS: Antonio Conte makes four changes to the side which stumbled past Catania 1-0 at the weekend, with Paul Pogba taking his place in the heart of midfield following a return from suspension. Gianluigi Buffon, Kwadwo Asamoah and Fernando Llorente reclaim their starting berths after being rested at the weekend, with Marco Storari, Simone Padoin, Mauricio Isla and Pablo Osvaldo dropping to the bench. There is no place in the squad for Andrea Barzagli who misses out through injury.
In fact, half of Parma's league wins this season have come on their travels and the Gialloblu have scored more goals away from the Ennio Tardini.
Parma have won only three of the past 21 Turin meetings between these sides. However, Donadoni's side are playing with unbridled confidence at the moment, having recently beaten Milan 4-2 to end an 18-year Serie A hoodoo at the Giuseppe Meazza.
Antonio Conte's Bianconeri are 11 points clear of second-placed Roma in the Serie A standings and another victory tonight would mean that they break the record for the most consecutive home wins in a season. A third successive Scudetto seems almost a certainty for the Old Lady who have lost just once in the league all season (a 4-2 defeat to Fiorentina).
Parma's resistance has been one of the fairytale stories of this Serie A campaign but they face their sternest test this evening as they travel to Turin where opponents Juventus have won all 14 of their league matches, scoring 38 goals and conceding just eight.
The two in-form Serie A giants go head-to-head this evening as Italian champions Juventus take on Europa League hopefuls Parma. Paul Pogba's second-half strike was the difference when these two met back at the Ennio Tardini on November 2 but neither has lost since - a run that stretches back 17 games for Roberto Donadoni's side. Bringing you all the action from what promises to be a pulsating encounter at the Juventus Stadium, my name is Max Bentley.
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