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Bankrupt Parma jumps on Juventus

By Xinhua in Rome | China Daily | Updated: 2015-04-13 08:27

Crisis-hit Parma stunned Italian Serie A leader Juventus with an incredible 1-0 victory on Saturday.

Jose Mauri scored the only goal of the game and his second one for Parma on the hour mark, while a string of fine saves from Parma goalkeeper Antonio Mirante also helped the side win. Juventus logged its first league loss since last October.

Parma was declared bankrupt last month and its players stay unpaid for all of this season but the club has now strung a series of positive results together, with a 1-0 victory over Udinese midweek and last weekend's 1-1 draw at Inter Milan.

However, it is too early to celebrate. Parma is still at bottom of the standings, 10 points from safety, with nine matches remaining

"We are far from safety but I think it's right to give credit to our lads who have done something extraordinary. We want to finish this season with our heads held high," said Parma coach Roberto Donadoni.

Days before its UEFA Champions League quarterfinal, Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri rested a number of regulars and important players such as Gianluigi Buffon, Carlos Tevez and Andrea Barzagli.

"We didn't do anything in the second half and deserved the defeat," Allegri said.

"Parma played well, while we were slow and risked conceding on three or four counter attacks. We didn't control the game at all, as even in the first half Parma were dangerous."

"This was the match we had to play with maturity. Even if we couldn't win it, then we certainly shouldn't have lost."

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