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MATCH REPORT: JUVENTUS VS PARMA

That goal-scoring machine Alex Sandro is back from the dead.


Four were defenders on the scoresheet when Juventus beat Parma 3-1 at the Allianz Stadium, as Alex Sandro's Gaston Brugman has scored the opener from a free-kick and Juventus struggled to answer in the first half, but Alex Sandro found an opening when he took two touches in the area and smashed in the equalizer before half-time.


The same Brazilian was the man who turned the game around after two minutes in the second half before Matthijs de Ligt added a third for the hosts.


Juventus had to put the Super League drama aside and focus on the match against Parma, fighting for a place in the Champions League next season.


The last few days have been chaotic for the Bianconeri, with their 1-0 defeat to Atalanta seeing them slide into fourth place.


Patron Andrea Agnelli was then at the forefront of the breakaway Super League project that collapsed in just 48 hours.


Fans have protested, but the collapse means qualifying for the Champions League is more important than ever and is not a given for Juventus.

Cristiano Ronaldo returned against struggling Parma and was close to scoring after only seven minutes.


The Portuguese managed to direct a powerful low cross, but goalkeeper Simone Colombi managed to get down quickly and reacted just in time to stop it on the line.


The 29-year-old keeper was called into action several times in the opening minutes, but Graziano Pelle almost had a header on target at the other end after 10 minutes.


The former Italy international won the duel with Matthijs de Ligt, who went down under the challenge, but he couldn’t direct the header on goal.


Weston McKennie was booked for a challenge on Gervinho, who charged towards the penalty area, and Gaston Brugman smashed in the free-kick.


A perfectly executed free-kick by the 28-year-old Uruguayan and Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon didn’t have the time to react as the ball swirled into the corner.


Juventus responded by attacking immediately, pushing the visitors back. Alex Sandro came close at the first post from a corner before Paulo Dybala was close to finding the target with an effort right outside the box.


Dybala hit the wall from a free-kick right outside the area after 34 minutes, as Arthur Melo won a free kick for the Bianconeri.

Alex Sandro then found Leo Bonucci with a cross from the right, and the defender managed to get good contact with the ball and had Colombi stretching for it. But it went just wide of the target.