Juventus End Parma’s Unbeaten Run
Italian Serie A: Juventus 2-1 Parma 26 March 2014
Juventus stretched their unbeaten run to 22 Serie A matches as they defeated a ten-man Parma side 2-1 at the Juventus Stadium on Wednesday evening.
Christiano Molinaro thought he could have helped spur on a comeback as his second-half strike halved Carlos Tevez’s two-goal advantage, but Amauri’s sending off dampened the occasion for Parma.
The fixture paired two of the most evenly in-form teams together as Juventus were sitting on top of the table with just one point, while Parma were on an unbeaten run of 17 matches.
Parma got off to a positive start when Christian Molinaro, a former Juventus players, forced a brilliant save from Gianluigi Buffon from close range after a looping assist was sent over the top.
But Juventus took the lead in the 25th minute with their first effort at goal. Carlos Tevez went on a blazing run up the right side of the field, and he held off Gabriel Paletta to beat Antonio Mirante at the near post.
The lead was doubled seven minutes by the Argentine again, as he followed-up on a parried Arturo Vidal shot to score his 18th goal of the season and go on top of the goalscoring charts.
Kwadwo Asamoah was fortunate not to walk away with a red card at the restart when he lashed out a heavy challenge on Jonathan Biabiany for a second bookable offence.
Parma cut their deficit in half with a great goal by Molinaro. The defender did well to control the ball off a backward header, before hitting it on the half-volley and firing an unstoppable strike past Buffon.
But the Crociati suffered a blow to their potential comeback when former Juventus player Amuari was shown an immediate red card for an elbow to Giorgio Chiellini’s head.
It was so nearly 2-2 when chaos erupted in the box, which also heard screams for a penalty appeal, as Juventus desperately managed to scramble a last ditch clearance away.