Serie A round-up: Juventus draw with Parma as Napoli keep pace
Last Updated: 02/02/19 10:17pm
Gervinho scored twice as Parma came back from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 at Serie A leaders Juventus on Saturday.
Cristiano Ronaldo also scored twice - making him Serie A's leading scorer with 17 goals - to put Juve in command but a brilliant flicked goal by Gervinho followed by a stoppage-time equaliser meant the Turin side's lead over Napoli was cut to nine points.
Juve went ahead in the 36th minute when Ronaldo collected Blaise Matuidi's pass in the penalty area and, although slipping, managed to produce a shot which deflected off a defender and beat Luigi Sepe.
Juventus were awarded a penalty for a foul on Martin Caceres at the end of the first half but the referee revoked it after a reviewing it through VAR.
Daniele Rugani put Juventus 2-0 ahead in the 62nd minute after a series of ricochets, Antonino Barilla headed one back two minutes later and Ronaldo restored Juve's two-goal lead with a towering header in the 66th minute.
Former Arsenal and Roma forward Gervinho reduced the arrears again by turning in Juraj Kucka's low cross with a clever back-heeled flick at the near post in the 74th minute.
Deep into stoppage time, Juventus failed to clear the ball and Roberto Inglese forced his way to the goal-line and pulled the ball back for Gervinho, who scored with a shot which Mattia Perin got his hand to but could not stop.
Lorenzo Insigne ended his goal drought as Napoli beat Sampdoria 3-0 on Saturday to keep Juventus within its sights.
Arkadiusz Milik and Insigne scored quickfire goals in the first half and Simone Verdi added a late penalty as second-placed Napoli moved to eight points behind Juventus, which hosts Parma later.
There was to be no record for former Napoli forward Fabio Quagliarella, who was looking to beat Gabriel Batistuta's 1994 feat of scoring a goal in a 12th consecutive Serie A match.
Napoli was looking to recover from a league draw against AC Milan and an Italian Cup exit to the same team, and it took the lead in the 12th minute.
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 through ball 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 penalised for handball. The referee initially awarded a free kick on the edge of the area but amended his decision on video review.
Francesco Caputo scored twice as Empoli came back from two goals down in a relegation battle against last-placed Chievo Verona. Empoli remained 17th, four points above the bottom three and nine points above Chievo.