Italian Serie A review

Quagliarella double keeps Juve top

September 22, 2012

Fabio Quagliarella's brace earned Juventus a comfortable 2-0 win against Chievo on Saturday night to preserve their 100% record in Serie A.

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The margin of victory might have been much greater for the defending champions if not for the heroics of Gialloblu goalkeeper Stefano Sorrentino.

Fresh from registering Juve's vital equaliser at Chelsea in the Champions League, Quagliarella guaranteed Massimo Carrera's men a fourth straight league victory with two classy goals, Chievo failing to create any clear-cut chances to hit back.

The win sees Juve pull three points clear at the top of the table, although the teams below them have a game in hand.

It was a tale of three penalties as 10-man Parma salvaged a last-gasp 1-1 draw against Fiorentina in Serie A.

Fiorentina's new Argentinian defender Facundo Roncaglia scored his first goal in Italy with a stunning first-half strike before Jaime Valdes missed the chance to level from the penalty spot.

Aleandro Rosi received his marching orders for the home side two minutes from time, only for Stevan Jovetic to miss the resulting penalty.

Parma withstood a heavy onslaught and were rewarded as Valdes redeemed himself deep into stoppage time following substitute Luca Toni's handball.

Matias Fernandez saw his ambitious effort cut out before La Viola made the breakthrough after just 20 minutes.

Having pushed upfield, Roncaglia gathered the ball just outside the area, smashing the ball off Antonio Mirante's palm and into the top corner.