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Draw Cuts Juve Lead

Juventus had their lead at the top of Serie A reduced to just three points as they succumbed to a 1-1 draw at Parma on Sunday.

With second-place Lazio having won their encounter with Atalanta, Juve’s lead was cut for the second consecutive game week.

Parma have not lost at home since March last year but Andrea Pirlo’s free-kick had them in real danger of giving up their impressive run.

However, a fine individual effort from Nicola Sansone ensured that Juve left the Stadio Ennio Tardini with no more than a point.

The hosts enjoyed the first real chance of the game as Massimo Gobbi and Amauri combined to force a shot on goal.

The tide then turned in favour of their Turin-based opponents as they looked to bounce back from defeat in their last league outing.

Fabio Quagliarella tested Antonio Mirante with a low shot whilst Parma old-boy Giovinco was a constant threat to his former side.

Parma then had the Bianconeri on the defensive for a good spell as the speedy Jonathan Biabiany created an opening for Ishak Belfodil.

Juventus also had their fair of chances and Quagliarella forced the keeper into a smart save once again after meeting Stephan Lichtsteiner’s cross.

In the second half the visitors finally opened the scoring although the goal came under rather fortuitous circumstances.

Pirlo lined up a free-kick that flew into the back of the net but only due to a heavy touch from Biabiany.

Sansone entered the fray in the 69th minute and had his side level within ten minutes of his entrance as he skinned his marker and slotted past Buffon.

Antonio Conte's men pushed to try and find a winner but could only muster a number of tame efforts as time ran out.

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