Michel Platini never played at Tardini, because in his time, Parma were not yet in Serie A; Zinedine Zidane, on the other hand, was a protagonist of a splendid game. For the rest, it was the French who left their mark on the history of the game. A perfectly consistent plot in its different episodes, the one played by Patrick Vieira, Paul Pogba and Blaise Matuidi: three midfielders, three goals in the first leg of fixtures, three goals that resulted in three points.
Parma-Juve: all about the goals
It was the fifth day of the league. Juve found itself in Parma one the back of four impressive consecutive victories and eight goals scored. However, it was the hosts who took advantage through Marco Delvecchio. Mauro German Camoranesi then equalized at the end of the first half, but in the second half the match, eight minutes from the end, the moment that determined the outcome of the match arrived. A large perimeter triangle was designed perfectly by Patrick Vieira and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The French found the back of the net, his long legs splitting Parma's defence. A deep ball was delivered for the Swedish genius, who entered the area. He pulls aside two opponents and struck a soft lob directed at the second post. Waiting at the ready, Vieira arrived punctually, and nodded the ball home. An absolutely exemplary goal.
It was the 75th minute of the game, and Parma-Juve was level at 0-0. However, Juventus absolutely needed to win. To untangle the ball, Fabio Quagliarella is thrown into the fray in place of Carlos Tevez. And it was precisely the newcomer who immediately created an opportunity with a long-distance effort, one of those "mad moments" of his repertoire. Antonio Mirante was saved by the crossbar, but Paul Pogba pounced on the rebound and he slipped the ball elegantly into the net, striking a counterbalance.
A 2-3 victory in Verona against Chievo and a 2-0 triumph at home with Lazio: these are the two positive results with which Juventus arrived in Parma to compete in the third match day of the 2018-19 season. The score heading into the interval was level at 1-1: Mandzukic scored immediately, but Gervinho found the draw. In the second half, the midfielders enjoyed the potential for domination, also because Cristiano Ronaldo was all over the park. Khedira had a nice opportunity, but the turff betrayed him at the time of shooting. The decisive action was created on the left: Alex Sandro's move to Mario Mandzukic, the Croatian’s backheel makes fell in the part of Blaise Matuidi, who was perfect in gathering the ball and slotting it under the crossbar. It would be the first of his three goals scored in the season and it was worth a lot.