Ronaldo and Gervinho bag braces in six-goal thriller stalemate
Juventus dropped two points to cut their lead at the summit of the table to just nine points after a thrilling 3-3 draw against Parma with Cristiano Ronaldo and Gervinho bagging braces in a Serie A match staged at the Allianz Stadium on Saturday 3rd February.
After Napoli beat Sassuolo 3-0 to cut Juventus’ gap to eight Max Allegri’s charges had their work cut out to restore their healthy advantage at the top of the table. Parma were an organized side in the opening 30 minutes with Juventus’ best chance falling to Sami Khedira whose shot canned off the woodwork in the 35th minute in what would have been his first league goal since the opening win over Chievo.
Juventus opened the scoring a minute later when Blaise Matuidi found Cristiano Ronaldo in the left channel of the box with the Portuguese’s effort finding the back of the net despite looking to be off balance.
Allegri’s men returned into the second half looking to assure themselves of the three points with another goal. They were finally rewarded for their persistence in the 61st minute when Marko Mandzukic whipped in an inch-perfect cross that Daniele Rugani volleyed in with a left-footed strike for his second goal of the season and sixth in the Serie A for Juventus.
Parma pulled a goal back in three minutes later when Juraj Kucka supplied in a devilish cross that found Antonio Barilla for the simplest of headers that went in, leaving Mattia Perin rooted to the ground as there is nothing he could do to prevent the goal.
Juventus restored their two-goal cushion two minutes later when Mandzukic again pinged a cross from the right corridor that found the Parma center backs napping as Ronaldo rose highest to nod in the ball right in front of their noses.
Parma managed to claw themselves back into the tie in the 73rd minute when Kucka again mastered a low cross that was flicked on goal by Yao Kouassi Gervinho and went in off the sheen of Rugani.
With Juventus looking to be on course for a routine win over Parma Roberto Inglese cut back the ball to Gervinho who fired the ball into the back of the net despite the best efforts by Perin to keep the shot out in the 92nd minute.