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Italy round-up: Juventus falter at Parma

Juventus FC's title hopes suffered a setback as they were beaten by Parma AC on Saturday.

Juventus FC's title hopes suffered a setback as they slipped to their fourth Serie A defeat of the season against Parma AC on Saturday.

Decisive strike
Marcello Lippi's side looked set to secure a point but were denied a share of the spoils when Sabri Lamouchi struck the only goal of the game for Parma two minutes from time. Lamouchi stunned the visitors when he fired a low shot from the right edge of the penalty area past Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.

Equal opportunities
Parma had started the stronger, with Junior and Emiliano Bonazzoli both seeing good shots saved by Buffon within the first 20 minutes. Juventus hit back though, with Pavel Nedved testing Claudio Taffarel after his free-kick was charged down and then seeing a superb volley fall just wide after Edgar Davids' cross. Nedved was a constant threat for the visitors and his cross from the left set up Ciro Ferrara just after the break but he failed to connect with his header.

Key suspensions
Buffon was forced into action again just after the hour when he saved from Bonazzoli, while Taffarel did well to keep out Nedved's fierce right-foot shot five minutes later. One black spot for Parma was a booking for Luigi Sartor, who will be suspended for his side's next match, as will Juventus' Matias Almeyda following his first-half booking.