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Juventus cruise, Fiorentina stun Udinese

Published: Saturday 25 August 2012, 23.43CET
Juventus began their Serie A title defence with a 2-0 win against Parma FC, while Stevan Jovetić scored twice as ACF Fiorentina recorded a 2-1 comeback victory at home against Udinese Calcio.

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Published: Saturday 25 August 2012, 23.43CET

Juventus cruise, Fiorentina stun Udinese

Juventus began their Serie A title defence with a 2-0 win against Parma FC, while Stevan Jovetić scored twice as ACF Fiorentina recorded a 2-1 comeback victory at home against Udinese Calcio.

Serie A champions Juventus opened with a comfortable 2-0 victory against Parma FC, while ACF Fiorentina staged a spirited second-half comeback to overcome Udinese Calcio 2-1.

Parma started with optimism and contained the hosts by virtue of a stubborn reaguard. Their resistance slackened after 33 minutes when Stephan Lichtsteiner was hauled down inside the area. Arturo Vidal passed up the chance to score from the spot, though, firing straight at Antonio Mirante. Not to be denied, Juventus took the lead nine minutes after the restart when Lichtsteiner concluded a sweeping team move with a simple tap-in. Andrea Pirlo resumed where he left off last season to double their advantage, sending a deft free-kick centimetres over the line.

Udinese rested several first-time players with an eye on Tuesday's UEFA Champions League play-off return leg against SC Braga. There was no lack of cohesion, however, as new recruit Maicosuel steered them in front. Fiorentina emerged after the break with renewed promise and clawed their way back into contention courtesy of Stevan Jovetić's defected effort. Parity felt like paradise, but there was better to come when Jovetić completed the comeback in added time.

Last updated: 05/12/13 3.25CET

Results

Italian Serie A 2012/13

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 14/03/2013 16:50 CET

25/08/2012

JuventusJuventus2-0ParmaParma

Lichtsteiner 54, Pirlo 58

Venue: Torino

25/08/2012

FiorentinaFiorentina2-1UdineseUdinese

Jovetić 67, 90+1

Maicosuel 28

Venue: Firenze

Standings

*UC Sampdoria have had 1 points deducted
*Torino FC have had 1 points deducted
*Atalanta BC have had 2 points deducted
*AC Siena have had 6 points deducted
Last updated: 14/03/2013 16:50 CET

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