Juventus 3-1 Parma: Alex Sandro braces and Matthijs de Ligt finds it just to help Old Lady come from behind to beat Serie A wrestlers as Andrea Agnelli looks on to follow the failed European Super League plan
- Juventus came from behind to beat Serie A relegation wrestlers Parma
- The Old Lady was left behind by a beautiful free kick from Parma star Gaston Brugman
- Alex Sandro scored both sides of the break and put Andrea Pirlo’s squad at the front
- Matthijs de Ligt headed home a header to complete all three points in Turin
Andrea Agnelli watched as Juventus came from behind to defeat relegation wrestlers Parma in Serie A.
Fresh from admitting defeat in the controversial European Super League plot, Juventus fell behind in the first half thanks to a sublime free kick from Parma star Gaston Brugman, leaving Gianluigi Buffon without a chance.
Just before half time, Alex Sandro leveled the score with a well-taken goal after being shot by Matthijs de Ligt who headed the ball in his path.
A brace from Alex Sandro saw Juventus come from behind to take on relegation wrestlers Parma
The Brazilian found it just on either side of half time to topple Parma’s surprising opening goal
Parma took a shocking lead in the first half thanks to an excellent free kick from Gaston Brugman
The Parma star rides off in celebration after defeating Gianluigi Buffon from range
Juventus (4-4-2): Buffon; Danilo, De Ligt, Bonucci, Alex Sandro; Cuadrado (Kulusevski, 74), Bentancur (Rabiot, 74), Arthur (Bernadeschi, 87), McKennie (Ramsey, 74); Dybala (Morata, 84), Ronaldo
Subs not used: Chiellini, Correia, Frabotta, Pinsoglio, Szczesny
Scorers: Sandro (43, 47), De Ligt (68)
Booked: McKennie, Ronaldo
Manager: Andrea Pirlo
Parma (4-3-3): Pigeons; Pezzella (Busi, 81), Bani, Osorio, Laurini; Kurtic, Brugman, Grassi; Gervinho (Mihaila, 61), Pelle (Cornelius, 61), Man (Hernani, 81)
Subs not used: Brunetta, Camara, Karamoh, Rinaldi, Sepe, Sohm, Traore
Scorers: Brugman (25)
Booked: Hernani, Karamoh
Manager: Roberto D’Aversa
The Brazilian was on the doubles for the hosts and came close for two minutes in the second half to put Andrea Pirlo’s side at the front.
De Ligt took all three points with 20 minutes to go after scoring a header from an excellent Juan Cuadrado corner.
Juve saw the win with ease, moving up to 65 points from 32 games, ahead of Atalanta, who will play AS Roma on Thursday, while Parma remains in deep trouble in the 19th, 11 points out of the safety zone.
The result will have pleased Agnelli, who went through a tumultuous week in which the heavyweights of European football sought to change the landscape forever.
Juventus defender Alex Sandro equalized the score before half time with a well-taken goal
The Brazilian celebrates meekly while the best four seemed hopeful to grab all three points
Matthijs de Ligt closed the victory with 20 minutes to go after scoring a header
Agnelli, alongside Florentino Perez of Real Madrid and the American owners of Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool, was a driving force behind the controversial European Super League trick, an escape competition backed by JP Morgan.
Twelve European clubs, including six from England, had signed up for the match that critics described as a ‘closed shop’, with Perez claiming it would ‘save’ football.
Just 48 hours after the league was announced, cracks began to form, before Chelsea, Manchester City, United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs announced their intention to leave the group – described as ‘the dirty dozen’ by the enraged UEFA president Aleksander. Ceferin.
Juve chief Andrea Agnelli was present in the aftermath of the failed European Super League
As a result of his role in the plan, Agnelli has resigned as president of the ECA and his relationship with Ceferin – who is his daughter’s godfather – has deteriorated, with the UEFA president calling 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 on leaving the group, as well as Spanish club Atletico Madrid. Only Real Madrid and Barcelona remain.