Juventus 3-1 Parma: Alex Sandro hits brace and Matthijs de Ligt finds the net to help Old Lady come from behind to beat Serie A strugglers as Andrea Agnelli watches on following failed European Super League plan
- Juventus came from behind to see off Serie A relegation strugglers Parma
- The Old Lady fell behind to a superb free kick from Parma star Gaston Brugman
- Alex Sandro scored either side of the break to put Andrea Pirlo’s side in front
- Matthijs de Ligt powered home a header to wrap up all three points in Turin
Andrea Agnelli watched on as Juventus came from behind to beat relegation strugglers Parma in Serie A.
Juventus, fresh from conceding defeat in the controversial European Super League plot, went behind in the first half thanks to a sublime free kick from Parma star Gaston Brugman, leaving Gianluigi Buffon with no chance.
Alex Sandro levelled the scores just before the break with a well-taken goal after being teed up by Matthijs de Ligt who headed the ball into his path.
An Alex Sandro brace saw Juventus come from behind to beat relegation strugglers Parma
The Brazilian found the net either side of half time to overturn Parma’s surprise opening goal
Parma took a shock first half lead thanks to an excellent free kick from Gaston Brugman
The Parma star wheels away in celebration after beating Gianluigi Buffon from range
Juventus (4-4-2): Buffon; Danilo, De Ligt, Bonucci, Alex Sandro; Cuadrado, Bentancur, Arthur, McKennie; Dybala, Ronaldo
Subs not used: Bernadeschi, Chiellini, Correia, Frabotta, Kulusevski, Morata, Pinsoglio, Rabiot, Ramsey, Szczesny
Scorers: Sandro (43, 47), De Ligt (68)
Manager: Andrea Pirlo
Parma (4-3-3): Colombi; Pezzella, Bani, Osorio, Laurini; Kurtic, Brugman, Grassi; Gervinho, Pelle (Cornelius 61), Man
Subs not used: Brunetta, Busi, Camara, Hernani, Karamoh, Mihaila, Rinaldi, Sepe, Sohm, Traore
Scorers: Brugman (25)
Manager: Roberto D’Aversa
The Brazilian was at the double for the hosts, heading from close range two minutes into the second half to put Andrea Pirlo’s side in front.
De Ligt wrapped up all three points with 20 minutes remaining after powering home a header from an excellent Juan Cuadrado corner.
Juve saw out the win with ease to move onto 65 points from 32 matches, one ahead of Atalanta, who play AS Roma on Thursday, while Parma remain in deep trouble in 19th, 11 points from the safety zone.
The result will have pleased Agnelli, who has endured a tumultuous week in which European football’s heavyweights attempted to change the landscape forever.
Juventus defender Alex Sandro levelled the scores before the break with a well-taken goal
The Brazilian celebrates meekly as the top four hopefuls looked to take all three points
Cristiano Ronaldo puts his hands above his head in frustration after seeing a chance wasted
Agnelli, alongside Real Madrid’s Florentino Perez and the American owners of Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool, was a driving force behind the controversial European Super League ploy, a breakaway league backed by JP Morgan.
Twelve European clubs, including six from England, had signed up for the competition described as a ‘closed shop’ by critics, with Perez claiming that it would ‘save’ football.
However, just 48 hours after the league was announced did cracks begin to emerge, before Chelsea, Man City, United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs announced their intention to leave the group – described as ‘the dirty dozen’ by the furious UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin.
Juve chief Andrea Agnelli was in attendance in the wake of the failed European Super League
As a result of his role in the scheme, Agnelli resigned from his position as president of the ECA and his relationship with Ceferin – who is godfather to his daughter – has taken a turn for the worse, with the UEFA president branding him a ‘snake’.
Agnelli also said on Wednesday that the Super League would not be possible without the English clubs. Juventus joined Inter Milan and AC Milan in leaving the group, as well as Spanish club Atletico Madrid. Only Real Madrid and Barcelona remain.