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January 6, 2011
• Stadio Olimpico di Torino, Torino
Referee: A. De Marco
• Attendance: 23873
N. Legrottaglie 60'
S. Giovinco 41', 48'
H. Crespo 62'
R. Palladino 90'+
Another former Juve man Palladino puts the final nail in Juve's coffin today with a late goal to make it 4-1. That's all from me and it's been a convincing win for Parma today, a huge win in the context of the relegation battle. Meanwhile for Juve, the injuries are piling up and Del Neri may well look to go into the transfer market. Until next time, Arrivederci.
90' + 2'
Assist Cristian Zaccardo
90' + 2'
Goal Raffaele Palladino
There will be two minutes of stoppage time at the end of this second half.
Parma are stroking the ball around with little consequence in the knowledge they're on the verge of a famous win away to one of the title contenders this season.
Almost an instant impact for Calvo who should have done better at the back post but was off-balance when looking to meet Valiani's cutback across the six-yard box.
A substitution for the away fans to applaud Parma's best player today - Sebastian Giovinco who makes way for Toni Calvo.
Aquilani holds his thigh but that doesn't hide the fact that he went crashing into Dzemaili and commits the foul.
Not Giovinco's finest moment of the game but he can be excused for a hopelessly sliced shot as the angle was always against him - and he's been outstanding this lunchtime.
Pepe whips in the free-kick but it's cleared by Palladino at the near post with ease. Pepe then looks to take the throw but the lack of forthcoming support means Parma can counter and they win a corner off Grosso thanks to Candreva's endeavour.
Krasic clutches his midriff as he is bundled over by Gobbi and Juve have a free-kick over on the right-hand side.
Palladino waits a little too long on Valiani's ball. Morrone then collects but his touch lets him down and the ball goes behind for a goal-kick to Juve.
Pepe does superbly to jink in between Valiani and Zaccardo but he is unfortunate as the ball rolls through harmlessly to Mirante.
Finally, the ball is retrieved by Sissoko and it pays dividends as Gobbi is penalised for a foul on Aquilani who employed some silky skills in his quest to evade the left-back's clutches.
A subdued couple of minutes as Parma look to keep hold of possession while Juve are unable to win the ball back and they look flat and disinterested, devoid of self-belief.
Lovely football from Parma. Paletta threaded through Palladino. He then found Valiani on the right and the winger laid the ball back for Candreva, who drilled the shot towards goal and it took a deflection on its way through thus giving Parma a corner, which comes to nothing.
Krasic and Pepe have swapped flanks as Juve look for the way back into this game, which Parma appear to have sewn up.
Aquilani fails to capitalise on a fortunate break of the ball due to a lack of outright speed. He finds Amauri who tries the 1-2 but to no avail.
Grosso wins the ball back but undoes his good work with a high challenge on Dzemaili as he skips in from behind.
Candreva fashions a chance from the right-hand side of the box and unleashes a shot, which Storari is well-positioned to save. Parma are creating chances with worrying ease if you're a Juve fan.
Again it is Giovinco who is allowed to ghost into space in behind the Juve defence. He squares the ball to Palladino whose shot is blocked by the closest Juve defender who is Sissoko.
Krasic looks to bustle his way through and he wins the corner. Mirante comes and punches away to Pepe, who is backed into the corner by two Parma defenders but he wins the throw off Paletta.
Great turn of speed from Pepe down the right and he finds Marchisio inside but the below-par midfielder cannot keep hold of the ball and Parma breathe a collective sigh of relief.
For once, Sissoko is the player fouled and he's taken down cynically from behind by Morrone.
Krasic looks for the encore but he does not count on Valiani tracking back and picking his pocket.
Another former Juventus man enters the fray as Rafaele Palladino comes on for the goalscorer Hernan Crespo.
And finally we see the best of Milos Krasic who tortures and teases the Parma defence as he runs at them before flashing a fiercely struck shot narrowly wide of the left-hand post.
For a split second, it looks like Giovinco is going to find himself clear behind the Juve defence but Pepe managed to get back and force the Parma man to have the last touch - goal kick Juve.
Penalty Goal Hernán Crespo
GOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL PARMA!! Hernan Crespo steps up from twelve yards and blasts the ball low to the right of Storari, who goes left and hence the wrong way. Surely Parma out of sight now - a crushing blow for Juve!
PENALTY PARMA!!! Crespo is tripped inside the box by Chiellini after receiving Candreva's incisive through-ball. No hesitation from Andrea De Marco - a definite penalty!
Assist Alberto Aquilani
Goal Nicola Legrottaglie
It was a superb leap at the back post from Legrottaglie and a powerful header beyond the helpless Mirante into the opposite corner of the net. A vital goal for the Bianconeri!
GOLLLLLLLLLLLL JUVENTUS!!! Legrottaglie heads the ball home to salvage Juve's hopes in this game. And it had been coming.
Pepe strikes the ball from within the "D" AGAINST THE POST!!! Mirante was rooted to the spot but Pepe's wonderful free-kick somehow does not find the back of the net.
Yellow Card Gabriel Paletta
Furious protests from the Juventus players as Paletta is only cautioned for a handball as Amauri looked to flick the ball over him and get in behind for the goalscoring chance. They wanted a red but meanwhile Juve have a free-kick in a good position.
The destructive Momo Sissoko, who could be on his way to Schalke 04, is brought on as Juve's final substitute in place of Sorensen. Juve going to three at the back it seems.
Parma counter in numbers and Juve's defence is threadbare as they clamber to recover bodies back. However, the attack breaks down as the shot is drilled wide.
Legrottaglie rises highest to head the ball clear. Parma come again and Crespo finds Zaccardo in the box but he is snuffed out by Sorensen, who then gives the ball away again with his fluffed clearance.
Excellent play from Dzemaili who evaded two men, if far too easily for Del Neri's liking, and he spreads it to the right where Parma win a corner to be taken by Candreva.
Amauri and Krasic get their wires crossed but Parma are unable to capitalise when they come forward. The mix-up does though sum up Juventus' day so far.
Giovinco worms his way past Sorensen but he is denied by the second man who is Marchisio tracking back to help out his right-back.
Assist Francesco Valiani
Goal Sebastian Giovinco
GOLLLLLLLLLLLL PARMA AND GIOVINCO STRIKES AGAIN!!! Less than three minutes into the second half, the Juve old boy does not celebrate as he doubles his side's lead. Giovinco was unmarked at the far post from Candreva's cross and he kept his cool to shoot the ball low into the far corner past Storari. The two ex-Juve men combine to devastating effect!
Valiani goes down inside the box looking for the penalty but there is no decision forthcoming. It was an excellent ball played into the area by Candreva, who will be looking to grab this game by the scruff of the neck.
Giovinco looks to break down the left-hand side behind Sorensen but he mistimes his run and is flagged offside.
The second-half is underway as Parma kick us off and neither side have made any changes at the break.
That's the end of a very eventful first-half in Turin, which sees Parma leading Juventus 1-0 thanks to Giovinco's goal. To make matters worse for the home side, they have lost Quagliarella to injury and had Felipe Melo sent off. Join us in around fifteen minutes for the second-half.
45' + 3'
Pepe's free-kick bounces wickedly off the wall and eventually behind after some confusion in the Parma ranks for a Juve corner.
45' + 1'
The ball drops for Krasic but he can't slip past the excellently positioned Paci whose interception allows the ball to pass through harmlessly to Mirante.
Yellow Card Cristian Zaccardo
Pepe is chopped down by Zaccardo, who is duly booked. Excellent wing play from Pepe who beat his man for pace down the outside, then allowed the first challenge to come in, which he evaded. Zaccardo had a second bite of the cherry and this time got his man but in a manner that invited the award of the free-kick.
There will be three minutes of added-on time at the end of the first period.
Juve are looking to come onto the front foot now to sneak an equaliser before the break but this time it's Chiellini who runs into the blue and yellow wall.
Zaccardo whipped in a delicious ball from the right, which Gobbi headed towards goal. Storari pulled off a superb save to his right but he could only parry the ball to former Juve man Giovinco who slammed the ball into the roof of the net. No half-measures there from the diminuitive midfielder.
Goal Sebastian Giovinco
GOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL PARMA GIOVINCO AGAINST HIS OLD CLUB!!!!! He blasts the ball in from close range on the rebound and Storari had no chance!
Krasic looks to take on two men down the right flank but the moment he loses control of the ball, he does what can only be described as his version of the famous Klinsmann goal celebration - the Jürgen Dive!
Zaccardo is penalised, if a little belatedly, for handball and Juve have a free-kick but Chiellini gives the ball away. However, Crespo could not capitalise.
Amauri and Krasic almost bulldoze their way into the penalty box but Parma somehow scramble the ball clear. On the counter, Valiani is the outlet down the right and he manages to hold onto the ball to allow more blue shirts to support the attack as Parma once again kill the tempo.
Pepe rolls the ball to Aquilani who skies the shot well over the crossbar - it was always rising from the moment it left the former Roma man's boot.
Pepe is tripped by Candreva and Juve have a free-kick in a central position around 25 yards from goal. Meanwhile, Storari is being treated for a shoulder problem at the other end.
Sorensen does well to pick out Marchisio, who has not featured much so far. He twists inside one defender and shoots on goal but his effort takes a deflection as it trickles through to Mirante, who is able to prevent a corner.
Candreva spreads the play to Valiani on the right. The winger skips past one challenge but not the second, which arrives from Chiellini.
Alessandro Del Piero
And Pepe finally does come on in place of Del Piero.
Good ball into the box towards Amauri at the back post but Paletta just about manages to head the ball clear.
Superb effort on goal from Dzemaili from 25 yards out but Storari does well to parry the ball away with two strong fists and away from any blue and yellow shirts in the vicinity.
Gobbi gets forward from left-back to join the attack but there is no way past Sorensen who makes a timely block to deny the ex-Fiorentina man.
Amauri is winning his fair share of flick-ons in the air but so far he is not really finding a team-mate in a good position. However, his aerial success is encouraging for the home side.
That's why Del Piero is still on as he doggedly tracks back to halt the run of Zaccardo who had been played in on the overlap by Valiani. Great commitment to the cause by the Juventus legend.
Valiani finds himself just outside the box with little support and he decides to go for goal but he curls his effort wide of the far post.
Aquilani has a go from distance but his stinging shot is well wide of the goal. It also appears that Pepe will not be coming on as had appeared to be the case.
Rightly or wrongly, Andrea De Marco has not endeared himself to the home supporters today in an Olympic stadium, which is almost sold out to its 25000 capacity.
Disallowed goal for Juventus! Del Piero's innocious delivery was straight at Mirante, who made a hash of an easy save as he fumbled the ball before pouncing on the ball. Chiellini thinks he has bundled the ball in but the ref blows for a foul on the Parma 'keeper, who was deemed to be sufficiently in control of the football.
Amauri is tripped on the left by Zaccardo and Juve have a free-kick in a good position for Del Piero to whip the ball in on his right peg.
Del Piero gives the ball away and Dzemaili plays an excellent ball forward to Crespo. The veteran's cutback is headed away by Legrottaglie. Morrone then has a speculative shot from distance, which skips wide of Storari's goal.
Juventus are preparing a second substitution in the form of the energetic Simone Pepe.
Amauri is furious with the linesman after being penalised for handball. This is a fiery encounter so far and De Marco will have to keep a lid on things as the referee to ensure it does not boil over completely.
Melo shows the scars on his thigh to the subs bench and is intimating that Paci was also not entirely innocent in that incident.
Red Card Felipe Melo
RED CARD FELIPE MELO!!!! Incredible scenes here as Juve are reduced to ten men. He protests the decision but there is no going back now. And he is rightly sent off - after a tussle with Paci, he kicks the Parma vice-captain in the face, while still on the ground. Utterly disgraceful from the Brazilian.
Parma are looking brighter now and they win a corner after Candreva's mishit shot is deflected behind. However, it's headed away at the near post. The initial move was kickstarted after a superb ball into the left-hand channel from Crespo, who is of course in his second spell as a Parma player.
Parma aren't throwing anything like caution to the wind but they do have a free-kick just inside their own half and moments later another one as Morrone is fouled by Amauri, who was looking to press.
Aquilani takes issue with the foul from Gobbi and Juve have a free-kick, which Aquilani takes. He finds the head of Melo who glances his effort wide of the goal.
Krasic jinks his way past two players after an electric turn of pace then throws himself to the ground inside the penalty box and does not get the decision. After his dive against Bologna, his reputation goes before him in that regard.
Krasic looks to find Del Piero but Paci puts in an excellent sliding challenge. Juve win the ball back but resort to the long ball over the top, which is too strong for Amauri, who is yet to score this season in the league.
Another niggly foul committed by a Juve player - this time it's Felipe Melo who leaves his foot in on Candreva - another man who plied his trade with the Bianconeri.
Krasic gives the ball away to Crespo who plays in Giovinco. The ex-Juve man is fouled by the Dane Sorensen on the left-hand side.
Krasic is looking lively when he gets the ball and the crowd immediately respond to the Serb. However, Parma are well organised and are maintaining a tight defensive shape at the moment.
Lovely passing move from Parma involving Dzemaili and Giovinco down the left before Candreva gets caught in two minds and Juve break forward on the counter.
In fairness to Paci, he made only slight contact with Quagliarella and it was more a case of the Juve man's awkward landing, which caused the problem.
Quagliarella is applauded as he is stretchered off the field of play - never a welcome sight in football. Amauri, who is reportedly up for sale, is his inevitable replacement.
Play is stopped after Quagliarella has gone down in some pain after being caught by Paci. He looks to have twisted his knee and it looks like the end of the game for Juve's leading scorer with Amauri being prepared to come on.
A scrappy beginning as both sides are looking to interrupt the pattern of play and neither side has got into their stride yet. This is a big game for the visitors, who have been preparing for this encounter since New Year's Day no less.
After a less than impeccably observed minute's silence, referee Andrea De Marco gets us underway in the first Serie A game of 2011. Juve get us going in their black and white strips with Parma in blue and yellow.
The home crowd are in full voice and we see Pavel Nedved in the stands - one of the greats of the past fifteen years or so. And Milos Krasic has evoked comparisons with the Czech, who was so successful in Turin.
Parma: Mirante, Zaccardo, Paletta, Paci, Gobbi, Morrone, Dzemaili, Valiani, Candreva, Crespo, Giovinco. Subs: Pavarini, Calvo, Modesto, Pisano, Dellafiore, Palladino, Galloppa.
Juventus: Storari, Sorensen, Legrottaglie, Chiellini, Grosso, Krasic, Felipe Melo, Aquilani, Marchisio, Del Piero. Quagliarella. Subs: Manninger, Motta, Grygera, Traore, Pepe, Sissoko, Amauri
Good morning and welcome to the first Serie A commentary of 2011 as Juventus host Parma on Epiphany. As Juve's major target Edin Dzeko is on the verge of signing for Manchester City, their existing strikers will be hoping to prove that they can fire the Italian giants to the Scudetto. Parma will also be hoping for a positive result today as they look to stave off relegation.
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