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Fabio Quagliarella powers Juventus over Chievo Verona: Serie A

Fabio Quagliarella scored twice in five minutes to send defending champion Juventus to a 2-0 victory over Chievo Verona in Serie A on Saturday.
Juventus striker Fabio Quagliarella celebrates after scoring against Chievo Verona on Saturday. (Jonathan Moscrop/Associated Press)

Fabio Quagliarella scored twice in five minutes to send defending champion Juventus to a 2-0 victory over Chievo Verona in Serie A on Saturday.

Quagliarella was again the star for Juventus, after rescuing the Bianconeri with a last-minute equalizer against Chelsea in the Champions League on Wednesday.

The Italy international broke the deadlock with a stunning strike shortly after an hour and doubled his tally with another impressive goal five minutes later as Juventus maintained its perfect start to the season.

Juve dominated and would have been several goals up before Quagliarella's double had it not been for the heroics of Chievo goalkeeper Stefano Sorrentino.

Sorrentino's counterpart, Gianluigi Buffon, was reduced to the roll of spectator as Juventus cruised to a 43rd game unbeaten in Serie A.

Earlier in the evening, Jaime Valdes atoned for his earlier penalty miss with a stoppage-time spot kick to rescue a 1-1 draw for 10-man Parma at home to Fiorentina.

Quagliarella made his intentions clear from the off, drawing two good saves from Sorrentino in the opening 10 minutes.

Mirko Vucinic also had a decent chance as he weaved his way through the Chievo defence before unleashing a wicked effort which flew just wide of the right post.

Vucinic had the ball in the back of the net in the 27th minute but his strike was somewhat harshly ruled out for offside.

Moments later Kwadwo Asamoah put a good ball into the area but Sorrentino did well to keep out Emanuele Giaccherini's snap shot.

Sorrentino pulled off another decent stop shortly after to punch clear Asamoah's powerful effort.

Chievo had its best chance of the game on the hour mark, following some good build up play, but former Juve youth player Marco Rigoni's effort was too weak and Buffon was able to save comfortably.

Seconds later Sorrentino pulled off his best stop of the night to keep out Chiellini's header from point-blank range.

However, Juve broke the deadlock with a fantastic scissor kick from Quagliarella. Sorrentino got a hand to it with what looked like another fantastic save but could only turn it onto his post and in.

Quagliarella doubled his tally when he controlled the ball on the edge of the area before skipping past Chievo defender Dario Dainelli and firing over Sorrentino and into the far corner.

Quagliarella went off 10 minutes from time to a standing ovation. He was replaced by Nicklas Bendtner, with the on-loan Arsenal striker making his Juventus debut.

Vucinic almost added a third for Juventus in stoppage time, but his effort scraped the outside of the right post.

Elsewhere, Parma had won its previous six games at home but it seemed as if that run was going to be broken when, in the 20th minute, Facundo Roncaglia collected the ball 25 metres from goal and controlled it well before unleashing an unstoppable effort into the top left corner for the Argentine defender's first goal in Italy.

The home side should have levelled on the half hour when Alessandro Lucarelli headed Dorlan Pabon's corner powerfully off the right upright.

Minutes later, Fiorentina also hit the post when Roncaglia struck Matias Fernandez's free kick onto the right upright.

Roncaglia almost went from hero to villain when he needlessly brought down Pabon, who had his back to goal on the far right of the area. However, Fiorentina goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano got down smartly to his left to save Valdes' weak penalty and spare his defender's blushes.

Fiorentina looked set to seal the match when Aleandro Rosi hauled down Mattia Cassani when he was meters away from goal. Rosi was sent off in that incident.

However, Serie A top goal-scorer Stevan Jovetic, who had scored in all three of Fiorentina's Serie A matches this season, hit his penalty straight at Parma goalkeeper Antonio Mirante.

Luca Toni gave away the third penalty of the day in stoppage time with a handball and Valdes made no mistake at the second time of asking.