Who can stop Juventus from marching to an eighth consecutive Scudetto win? Parma gave it a go and for 45 minutes offered a dignified home display against the men from Turin. Going a goal behind withing two minutes to the reigning champions was hardly the ideal start for the Crociati but a subsequent solid defensive display with quick and incisive counters lead to an even and entertaining 45 minutes of football.
The home sides determination was rewarded just after the half hour mark as Gervinho (yes, that one) tapped home into an empty net after some fine build up work from Inglese. Both sides went in at the break at 1-1 but there was always the sense that Juventus had an extra gear to slip into whilst it felt that Parma had played to their limits.
The winning and decisive goal came just before the hour mark as a deft back heel from Croatian striker Mandzukic teed the ball up nicely for World Cup winner Blaise Matuidi who rifled vigorously into the roof of the Parma goal. From there there was no turning back and the gulf in class (and indeed budget) with the riches on the Juve bench seeing Dybala, Emre Can and the impressive Douglas Costa getting a run out. Parma huffed and puffed but lacked any spark to trouble Szczesny who had a quiet second half.
What of CR7 we hear you say.... Well, the Portuguese striker looked lively and eager but become less involved in the action as the clock ticked down. Juve march on and it will only be a question of time surely before the former Real Madrid man finds the net.
Parma v Juventus: as it happened
Many thanks for your time tonight as we enjoyed an excellent first half and saw how Juve were just too strong for Parma.... Allegri's side march on as Parma regroup with the international break imminent.
FT - Parma 1-2 Juventus
90'+4' ...too late for the Crociati as the final whistle goes and Juve claim maximim points
90'+4' Last minute ... Free for Parma.. last chance saloon
90'+4' All the noise now coming from the away stand where 3.000 (approx.) Juve fans have made the trip to Parma
90' Fouls now breaking the flow of the game with the home supporters getting frustrated
90' We'll have 4 minutes of added time
Cuadrado booked for a late tackle on Ceravolo
89' Juve just running the clock down now as they keep possession... Parma have given their all but just lack the quality to break down the Serie A champions
87' Douglas Costa now playing on the left hand side as he tries to find the striker form Madeira
86' Time running out too for CR7 to find the target as Juve win a corner
85' Credit to the home side as they still probe and look for a way through the Juve rear-guard.
84' Nasty tangle between Cuadrado and Barilla which results in a free kick for the visitors
83' Inglese almost sneaks the ball home as his cross drifts across the mouth of the Juventus goal
81' Ten to go .... Can't see Parma find a way back .... simply outclassed by the league champions with the gulf in class (and budget) apparent
Dybala on for Juve ..Khedira making way for the Argentine
78' Douglas Costa has looked excellent since his entry to the pitch
76' Antonio Di Gaudio goes close for Parma but fails to get the bend his shot on goal needed
75' A light rain starts to fall in Parma with just 15 minutes on the clock to salvage something from this game. To be honest Szczesny has been a spectator in this half
71' Can on and Pjanic off for Juve as Douglas Costa drives a fierce left footed drilled hit off the post
Parma simply don't seem to have the personell to break Juve down whilst the current Serie A champions have a bench full of international talent
Emre Can posied to get in on the action
69' De Gaudio getting attention after a tackle from Cuadrado ...movement on the Juve bench but not Dybala this time.
68' CR7 assist provider this time as he lofts a ball destined for Khedira but just overcooks the pass
66' More pressure from Juve as Cuadrado delivers a teasing cross and a defender is forced to head away for a Juve corner
65' The home fans still making plenty of noise at the Tardini as time starts to tick for their men in white
61' Deiola just failes to latch on to a through ball as Parma now probe
61' How will the home side react with the adverse scoreline ?
another swap for the home side as Rigoni makes way for Deiola
Changes for Parma - Gervinho off and Da Cruz on
Goal....Juve go ahead .... Blaise Matuidi with the goal after a delighful assist from Mandzukic
Danger as Parma hang on to the ball for a sustained period but Rigoni fails to find a colleague with his final delivery, at the other end of the ground, CR7 tries to break through but once again is thwarted
55' Look of a hint of frustration as CR7 seems desperate to find the target... Parma still defending stotuly and looking to hit on the break
51' Bernardeschi off for Douglas Costa ...first Juve switch of the night
49' Gagliolo timed his challenge to perfection as Khedira blazes over from ten yards out
49' Bernardeschi takes a tumble in the box and an appeal rings out from the visiting fans but the ref (correctly) waves the appeal away
48' Dybala starts to warm up for Juve
Effort from CR7 but nothing to trouble the score board. Jeers from the home fans for the Portuguese players attempt
46' Juve get us going at the Tardini... no changes at the interval
Teams heading back to the pitch ...
So how do we see the second 45' going in Parma ?
Half Time .... Parma 1-1 Juventus....
Card for Iacoponi after a clumsly challenge on Alex Sandro
Parma almost make it 2-1 as Szczesny saves Juve as Gervinho breaks into the box and then deprives a strike destined for goal....
2 minutes of time to be added
44' Pjanic almost pokes the ball home as Sepe dives well to repell the ball. All Juve now as they forge for a breakthrough with cross after cross punmeling the Parma box
42' Time ticking down at the end of the first half. Pulsating game with Juve well in control but the home side looking very bright on the counter as CR7 strikes tamely at Sepe in the Parma goal
Scrap that, ref changes his mind and (correctly) books the Juve man for diving
Rigoni in the book for a trip on Bernadeschi
39' As you were...Juve in control possession-wise but Parma defending stoutly
Parma fans in raptures as the home side draw level. Despite being under pressure for the bulk of the half, the men in white have looked dangerous on the break
Parma 1-1 Juventus
The Ivorian taps into an empty net to the delight of the home crowd... Age is just a number for the former Ivory coast player
32' Goal .... Parma score .. It's Gervinho !!!!
Water break as the Colombian gets attention
Cuadrado down and looks in trouble
Another Juve corner and CR7 heads wide as Bonucci stretches to try and get some purchase on the ball. More danger from the visitors
24' Sustained pressure from Juve now with Parma forced to defend deeply ... A Pjanic corner sees CR7 head over ...
22' Juve bossing things in terms of possession with the table toppers dominating 38-62 (%)
20' Iacoponi getting attention following a clash of heads with Mandzukic...seems ok to carry on !
19' Breakway from Parma as Barilla over hits his cross with two Parma strikers attacking the area.... frantic pace to the game at the Tardini
16' Quiet (ish) start from Cristiano, the Portuhal international being well marshalled by the men in white so far
14' Free kick for the home team as the ball rockets off the bar ....great strike but did Szczesny get a hand on the ball from the Stulac drive ?
Card for Pjanic for a rash challenge on a Di Gaudio
11' Frantic first ten minutes in Parma with the early goal deflating the home side. Veteran Ivory Coast player Gervinho still looks lively !
Parma almost score as Gervinho weaves into the area and Di Gaudio has the ball taken off his foot by a Juve defender just as the striker was about to pounce.... Better from Crociati !
8' Parma struggling to connect with their passing game whilst the visitors are moving the ball around with great composure
7' The ref having a word with Pjanic and Ronaldo ....as the home side look to bounce back from the early set back.
Whirlwind start from Juve with the home side on the ropes
Parma 0-1 Juve
Disaster for the home side ... poor defending and the Croatian international pounces to bundle the ball home
Juve take the lead ... Mandzukic from close range ....
Can Daversa get a first Serie A win on the Parma bench ? Can CR7 hit the target in a Juve shirt in Seria A...all will be revealed in the next 90 minutes as we get underway.....
Parma "Crociati" (Crusaders) against Juventus (Vecchia Signora), the Old Lady....Don't go away !
The teams take to the pitch with CR7 carrying out his traditional pre match leap .....
Parma set to play in their all white kit tonight with Juve expected to play in their dark grey strip....
The earlier Serie A game saw Inter shake off their early season sluggishness with an impressive 0-3 win away at Bologna.
As is the case at Serie A grounds everywhere, plenty of CR7 merch on sale!
Perfect temperature in Parma this evening with a mild 23C, perfect conditions for what should be an interesting clash as Juve face one of the great names in the recent history of Italian football.
Huge interest in and around the Tardini stadium to meet the arrival of the Juve team coach earlier
Surprise for Juve with no start for Paulo Dybala
The compact Ennio Tardini stadium earlier today ahead of the Parma-Juve clash
Both teams come into tonight's games with differing results in the two Serie A games to date. Juve winning 2/2 with Parma just having picked up one point in a 2-2 draw with Udinese in the season opener.
Hello and welcome to our live Serie A coverage as Parma face high flying Juventus with the table toppers facing the newly promoted Emilio Romagna side. Kick off at the Ennio Tardini is at 2030 CEST.
Parma v Juventus: preview
Juventus head to Emilia-Romagna with, inevitably, all eyes on Ronaldo and whether he can open his account with the club. Most other strikers wouldn’t receive such high-watt attention, but then Ronaldo is not most other strikers and goal droughts don’t enter his footballing vocabulary. The Portuguese striker’s lack of precision in front of goal is not for want of trying - he has had more shots on target (eight) than anyone else in the top five European leagues. Nevertheless, the reigning Serie A champions have won their first two games – against Chievo and Lazio - and will be keen to make it a third before the international break. Parma, meanwhile, have only managed to scrape together a point following a draw with Udinese and a defeat to SPAL.
After three seasons out of Italy’s top flight, Parma have returned in dramatic fashion after back-to-back promotions, most notably sealing their return to the ‘big time’ on the last day of the season. Parma-Juventus is a vintage fixture in Italy, with both sides meeting 46 times in Serie A – Juventus have the head-to-head advantage, winning 21 times and losing 10, with 15 draws. The last time the two sides met was in 2015, in Parma’s relegation season. Surprisingly, the Ducali came away 1-0 winners on that occasion, and have a good home record against the Bianconeri, losing only once in their last five games.
With both Jonathan Biabiany and Amato Ciciretti out, Gervinho is likely to get the nod for his first Parma start. In midfield Luca Rigoni is set to replace Antonio Barilla, while the back four of Iacoponi, Alves, Gagliolo, Gobbi is unlikely to change.
Juventus’s only absentee is Leonardo Spinazzola, with Allegri predicted to stick with his back four of Joao Cancelo, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini and Alex Sandro. New-signing Emre Can may be handed his first league start, and could join up with Miralem Pjanic in midfield. In attack, Dybala should play in the hole as he looks to build up an understanding with new team-mates Ronaldo and Mario Mandzukic