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Gervinho matches Ronaldo’s brace as Parma force Juventus drop points

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Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice but champions Juventus had to settle for a point as a late Gervinho double snatched a 3-3 draw after promoted Parma staged an impressive comeback in Serie A on Saturday.

Juventus’ dropped points allowed Napoli to cut the gap on the leaders to nine points after a confident 3-0 win over Sampdoria.

Massimiliano Allegri’s side had already had their confidence shaken after a 3-0 defeat to Atalanta shattered their hopes of winning a fifth straight Coppa Italia.

Saturday’s draw was not the response Allegri had called for ahead of their Champions League last 16 first leg tie against Atletico Madrid on February 20.

Ronaldo: his brace not enough for Juventus

“I’m happy for the goals but not the result,” said Ronaldo.

“Parma didn’t do anything special, they waited for us to make a mistake.

“But we’re not worried, we know it will be a great season for Juventus.”

Juve, hit by injuries to defenders Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli, have now conceded six goals in their last two matches.

But they have a comfortable nine-point lead over Napoli with Inter Milan 20 points behind in third.

“It doesn’t change anything, but we must not take anything for granted,” said Allegri.

“We were too light in defence. It was the first time this back four had played together.”

Juventus lined up with an inexperienced back line of Leonardo Spinazzola alongside Uruguay defender Martin Caceres who got his first start since moving from Lazio.

Sami Khedira rattled the post twice, before Ronaldo opened the scoring after 36 minutes with Daniele Rugani again scoring for the hosts on 62 minutes.

An Antonino Barilla header clawed one back for Parma two minutes later before Ronaldo completed his brace to return to the top of the Serie A goalscorers’ chart with 17.

But Ivorian Gervinho threw his side a lifeline on 74 minutes and grabbed a point at the death for Parma who remain 12th in the table, 31 points behind Juventus.

“At least we satisfied those who complained we weren’t entertaining,” said Allegri.

“But the beautiful football doesn’t pay off, at the end of the day you have got to just kick it away from your goal.”

The seven-time reigning champions nevertheless remain unbeaten this season having dropped points just twice before against Genoa and Atalanta.

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