Juventus
    07.11.2014 14:51 - in: Serie A S

    Last time out against the Gialloblu

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    Carlos Tevez’s first-half strikes end Parma’s 17-match unbeaten run, reestablishing a 14-point advantage over Roma at the summit of Serie A in March 2014

    Hot on the heels of a 1-0 away victory against Catania in Sicily, Antonio Conte’s side were looking to notch their 15th consecutive win at Juventus Stadium when Parma came to visit back in March 2014.

    In the midst of a sterling period of form, the Bianconeri had last dropped points in a 2-2 draw with Verona back in February and were enjoying a six-game winning streak in which they had conceded only once.

    The Gialloblu meanwhile, under the tutelage of Roberto Donadoni, were in the thick of a 17-match unbeaten run in Serie A, looking to earn themselves a Europa League place.

    Juventus began the encounter by bossing possession in the middle of the park but it was the away side who fashioned the first opportunity, with Gigi Buffon having to pull off a smart stop from former Bianconeri Cristian Molinaro who had stolen in at the back post.

    Antonio Mirante was virtually a bystander in the opposition goal until he had to pick the ball out of his net 25 minutes in.

    Andrea Pirlo’s long ball forward caused confusion amongst the Gialloblu backline before Gabriel Paletta inadvertently found Carlos Tevez.

    The Argentine carried the ball towards goal, sidestepped two of his markers before slipping his shot beyond the onrushing Mirante for the game’s opener.

    It was backs to the wall for the Gialloblu following that goal and the Bianconeri would go on to double their advantage seven minutes later.

    Sloppy defending once again from Donadoni’s men gifted possession to Fernando Llorente who picked out Tevez with a smart pass. In a similar move akin to his previous goal, L’Apache drove at the defence before slipping in Arturo Vidal.

    The Chilean’s fierce first-time effort was parried by Mirante but only into the path of Tevez who duly fired home the rebound.

    Leonardo Bonucci saw his tame header from a short corner bounce into the grateful arms of Mirante at the start of the second-half as Juventus looked to extend their two-goal lead early on.

    But Parma made things interesting on 62 minutes, halving the deficit when the Old Lady failed to deal adequately with a cross and the ball fell to Molinaro.

    He took one touch to steady himself before venomously volleying past a motionless Buffon to silence the Juventus Stadium crowd. 

    It was a false reprieve however, as the visitors shot themselves in the foot almost immediately when ex-Bianconero Amauri was given his marching orders for an elbow on Giorgio Chiellini.

    Buoyed by their man advantage, Conte’s side rallied to try and put the game to bed once and for all.

    Slipped through on goal by an exquisite Tevez pass, Llorente rounded Mirante but with bodies getting back to block his route to goal, the Spaniard was unable to get a clear shot in.

    Substitute Fabio Quagliarella then collected L’Apache’s pass but saw his shot gathered by the Gialloblu shotstopper with 15 minutes to play.

    Juventus were very nearly made to pay for their missed opportunities at the death when the visitors almost squeezed the ball home over the line following a frantic goalmouth scramble.

    With hearts firmly in the Bianconeri faithful’s mouths, Claudio Marchisio was there to perform a miraculous tackle to keep his side ahead and preserve their 100 per cent record at Juventus Stadium.

    Following his brace against the Gialloblu, Tevez was now on 18 league goals for his debut campaign in the famous black and white stripes.

    During his post-match interview, L’Apache stated that he only had one accolade on his mind to win come the end of the season and it wasn’t the Serie A golden boot award.

    Rewatch the highlights of Juventus’ 2-1 victory over Parma right here:

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