Juventus stay top with win over Parma

Juventus continued their unbeaten start to the season with victory in an entertaining game at Parma.

Mario Mandzukic opened the scoring for the defending Serie A champions after only two minutes.

But Parma responded well and were level before the break when Gervinho marked his full debut with a close-range goal.

Cristiano Ronaldo is still awaiting his first goal since joining Juve, but his side claimed the win through Blaise Matuidi’s second-half strike.

Mandzukic quickly broke the deadlock by taking full advantage when a rebound off Simone Iacoponi fell kindly for the Croatia striker inside the six-yard box.

Parma’s Leo Stulac hit the crossbar with a brilliant free-kick before Gervinho’s equaliser, the ex-Arsenal striker diverting the ball home past former team-mate Wojciech Szczesny.

A brilliant touch from Mandzukic set up the winner, his deft backheel allowing Matuidi the chance to hit a powerful shot into the roof of the net from a tight angle.

Juve went close again when Douglas Costa hit the post late on.

Ronaldo’s best chance was a powerful header that went just wide before half-time, and the Portuguese has now had 23 chances this season – the most of anyone in Europe’s top five divisions without scoring.

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