Another game another narrow win, this is not funny yes Juve have won but why oh why in this period do we have to suffer till the end, why can’t Juve score more goals and put the game to bed once and for all.
Juve did take a two goal lead but allowed Parma to pull one back in spite having a player sent off, suffered for the rest of the game, the bad news is that Tevez got booked and will miss the next game which is against Napoli, apparently it was an unnecessary foul committed by Tevez. It was his night with a brace both well taken goals first hard work and put the ball under the keepers body the second keeper saved a shot rebounded to Tevez and again under the body and it’s goodnight Vienna. How badly will he be missed against Napoli maybe Llorente and Osvaldo will be enough to see them off.
Other results we see Roma keep that second place alive with a very late goal that sent Torino home with a 2-1 defeat, the win was needed as Napoli went to Sicily to face Catania and won 4-2 they are keeping that Champions League place very much in their site, it was also helped by Milan beating Fiorentina in their own back yard 2-0, Verona a team that was so close to a European place are fading away fast as they went to Sardegnia and returned home with a 1-0 defeat by Cagliari, that was Verona 4th straight defeat, great win for Chievo who sent Bologna back home with a 3-0 defeat but not only that Chievo move above them and away from the dreaded drop, Sassuolo suffered their second defeat on the row this time against Sampdoria 2-1 this leaves them in a very dangerous situation, Lazio’s hope for a European place took a bad knock as they left Genoa empty handed with a 2-0 defeat, let’s not forget the team of the moment Atalanta with their fifth straight win has bought them close to a hope in European football net season as they sent Livorno home with a 2-0 defeat, which leaves the guest in the drop zone.
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Juventus 2-1 Parma: Tevez Brace Sets New Record
Juventus eased past Parma 2-1 at the Juventus Stadium on Wednesday night in Seria A. Carlos Tevez bagged a brace in the first half whilst Cristian Molinaro grabbed Parma’s only goal with a well hit volley. In a balanced opening 15 minutes, the first half chance fell to the away side, as Gabriel Paletta’s cross evaded everyone and was well saved by Gianluigi Buffon before Juventus mustered their first attempt on goal via a counter attack which was thwarted by an offside Fernando Llorente. The deadlock was broken however in the 25th minute by Seria As joint top scorer Carlos Tevez who latched on Andrea Pirlo’s through ball which hadn’t been fully dealt with by Paletta, before bearing down on the Parma goal and finishing across the face of goal despite a touch from goalkeeper Antonio Mirante.
The goal began to give Juventus more confidence and not long after the opening goal, Paul Pogba chipped a ball onto the head of Llorente but his header was comfortably saved by Mirante. It wouldn’t take long for the second goal to come though, and it was the Argentinean once more. Tevez laid the ball off to Arturo Vidal whose shot was well saved by Mirante; however the ball fell kindly for Tevez who tucked home his second just 32 minutes in.
Parma’s early confidence thus faded as Juventus were able to calming stroke the ball around the pitch and nearly added a third five minutes before the end of the half as Pogba’s low hit cross was well stopped by Felipe as the cross look destined to set up an easy tap in for the Spaniard Llorente. Juventus were able to close out the first half comfortably acquiring 57% possession of the ball. The 2nd half started as the Bianconeri meant to go on, with Leonardo Bonucci heading the first chance of the half into the hands of Mirante. However in the 61st minute, the former Juventus man Molinaro volleyed beautifully past Buffon just inside the penalty area to throw Parma a lifeline and bring the game back to life. Just two minutes later Parma’s revival was cut short as another former Juventus man, Amauri, was sent off after catching Giorgio Chiellini with a stray arm whilst contesting a header.
From then on Juventus had the better of the chances. Llorente rounded Mirante but was unable to apply the finish and the two-goal man Carlos Tevez had a number of optimistic shots easily saved as the match looked to have petered out. Although Molinaro was denied in a goal mouth scramble in the dying moments but Buffon saved well amidst penalty claims as Juventus claimed the victory. The result signalled Juventus’ 15th consecutive home win, a new record in the league abolishing the current record held by Torino gained in 1975-1976. The score line also meant Parma’s 17 match unbeaten run came to an end against the team who last beat them back in November.