Serie A round-up
Winning start for Juventus and new Fiorentina boss Montella
Last Updated: August 25, 2012 11:03pm
Andrea Pirlo: Scored the second goal in Juventus' 2-0 home win over Parma
Juventus began the defence of their Serie A title with a 2-0 win over Parma, while Vincenzo Montella enjoyed an ideal start as Fiorentina boss.
Arturo Vidal missed a penalty in the first half but Juventus took the lead through Stephan Lichtsteiner in the 54th minute.
A disputed goal from Andrea Pirlo four minutes later looked to have wrapped up victory but it took some sterling saves from Marco Storari to prevent Parma from finding a way back into the game and upsetting the fans, who were already celebrating inside the Juventus Arena.
Jaime Valdes missed the best chance for Parma when he took too long with the ball and allowed Leonardo Bonucci to get back and make the tackle.
Storari did well numerous times to keep a resurgent Parma out, most notably in the 87th minute when he first denied Sotiris Ninis and then got up to block Massimo Gobbi's effort.
Earlier, two goals from Stevan Jovetic gave Fiorentina a winning start to the season at the expense of Udinese.
Maicosuel did put the away side in front after 28 minutes, but the home side responded well in the second half with the Montenegrin grabbing a brace, the second coming with almost the last kick of the game.
The 2-1 victory gives Montella an ideal start to life in charge of Fiorentina while Udinese will now aim for a better outcome in their Champions League qualifier against Braga next week.