Serie A - Juventus open with stylish win

Sun, 11 Sep 13:30:00 2011

Juventus marked their first competitive game at their new stadium with a 4-1 thrashing of Parma.

Stephan Lichtsteiner - 0

This was their opening game of the Serie A season and in truth the match was barely a contest, with Parma creating next to nothing going forward.

Stephan Lichsteiner opened the scoring on his debut for Juve, before Simone Pepe added another shortly before half time. Arturo Vidal added another 15 minutes into the second half before Claudio Marchisio added a stunning fourth.

 It looked to be a perfect first game of the season for Juventus, but in added time Paulo De Ceglie brought down Sebastian Giovinco in the box. With De Ceglie the last man, meaning the referee had no choice but to send him off. Giovinco himself buried the spotkick, sending Gianluigi Buffon the wrong way.

Juventus opened the scoring after just 16 minutes courtesy of debutant Lichsteiner. Andrea Pirlo wrong footed Stefano Morrone, then flicked a lovely pass between two defenders as the Swiss full-back made a run in behind. Lichsteiner took one touch to push the ball away from Antonio Mirante then slotted it neatly past the despairing goalkeeper's lunge.

 Juve should have been two up after 38 minutes, but the linesman dubiously ruled for offside. Pirlo whipped in a cross towards the back post, Andrea Barzagli met it with a header back across goal and Alessandro Matri was there to nod it in. Matri was offside when the original ball came in, but got himself back onside as the header came across.

 The second half was an even more one-sided affair. Juventus grabbed their second after 57 minutes with a fizzing shot from Pepe after being played in by Del Piero.

A raft of substitutions followed and it was Vidal, who had barely been on the pitch a couple of minutes, who added a deflected third from 20 yards.

The goal of the match was scored by Marchisio 10 minutes from time. Pirlo sent over a peach of a pass, leaving Marchisio all alone and with time and space. He poked a wonderful first time shot with his toe in mid air and sent the ball looping over the stranded Mirante.

 The only downside to what was an impressive performance was De Cieglie's late red card, with Buffon furious at not keeping a clean sheet following the resulting penalty.

Thomas Embury-Dennis / Eurosport

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