Juventus Draw Parma After Late Gervinho Double

Juventus conceded three goals as Parma fought back from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 in stoppage time in Turin on Saturday in Serie A.

Juventus took the lead in somewhat fortunate circumstances in the 36th minute as Ronaldo slipped as he unleashed an effort but it took a deflection to wrongfoot Parma goalkeeper Luigi Sepe.

Ronaldo also inadvertently had a hand in Juve’s second at the start of a crazy 14 minutes in the second half as his poor header ended up being an assist for a Daniele Rugani volley.

Antonino Barilla immediately got Parma back into the match but Ronaldo restored Juve’s two-goal advantage two minutes later, only for Gervinho to reduce the deficit again in the 74th minute.

And Gervinho sent the travelling fans wild in the third minute of stoppage time when he fired in a powerful equalizer after good work from Roberto Inglese.

Elsewhere at the San Paolo Stadium, Napoli cut Juventus’s lead at the top of the table to 9 points as they beat visiting visiting Sampdoria 3-0 on Saturday.

Napoli was looking to recover from a league draw against AC Milan and an Italian Cup exit to the same team, and it took an early lead. Marek Hamsik floated a lovely ball onto the right flank to Jose Callejon, who rolled the ball across for Milik to smash in.

Callejon set up Napoli’s second just 70 seconds later with a throughball for an Insigne snapshot into the bottom left corner. It was Insigne’s first goal in any competition since early November.

The result after that rarely looked in doubt but Napoli extended its lead with a Verdi penalty in the final minute after Joachim Andersen was penalized for handball. The referee initially awarded a free kick on the edge of the area but amended his decision on video review.

Empoli battled to an home draw courtesy of Francesco Caputo’s brace to help his side rally to a 2-2 draw against Chievo in the lower reaches of the Italian Serie A.Caputo moved on 11 goals after flicking home for the Tuscan hosts before the break and finishing a counter-attack in the 52nd minute on Saturday.

Emanuele Giaccherini drilled an opener under the bar and Mariusz Stepinski turned in Chievo’s second.

Chievo are last in the three-team drop zone, with a gap of nine points to fourth-last Empoli.