Juventus treble denied by Dino

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Juventus 1

Parma 1

(Parma win 2-1 on aggregate)

Dino Baggio, Parma's international midfielder, last night denied Juventus their dreams of a treble, scoring a second-half goal to give his team a 2-1 aggregate win in the Uefa Cup final.

Juventus dominated the match and looked set to overturn the first-leg deficit when Gianluca Vialli scored with a spectacular volley in the 33rd minute. But a combination of scrappy finishing and fine saves by the Parma goalkeeper, Luca Bucci, kept Juventus at bay, and the game was pushed beyond their reach in the 53rd minute when Dino Baggio headed home a cross from the substitute, Roberto Mussi.

The match got off to a frenetic start with the Juventus striker, Fabrizio Ravanelli, twice shooting wide in the first 10 minutes. The relentless Juventus pressure finally paid off when a pinpoint long-distance pass from Moreno Torricelli sailed over the heads of the stranded Parma defence to land within range of the charging Vialli. The shaven-headed striker picked the ball up on the volley, blasting it past the despairing dive of Bucci.

With the aggregate score level, Parma were galvanised into action, with the Colombian international, Faustino Asprilla, showing his pace down the wing and Gianfranco Zola probing the Juventus defence with some testing crosses into the area.

But shortly into the second half, Mussi flashed the ball across the goalmouth, allowing Dino Baggio to head home from point-blank range. The goal ensured Parma their first Uefa Cup and their second European title in three years following their 1993 Cup-Winners' Cup victory against Anderlecht.

"We were lucky," Nevio Scala, the Parma manager, said after an ill-tempered match which saw seven players booked.

"It was not the strongest team, but it converted its scoring opportunities, while we did not. We will try to console ourselves by clinching the Scudetto [the League title] on Sunday," Roberto Baggio said. Juventus need just a draw - ironically against Parma, their closest challengers - to guarantee the Serie A title. The two teams then meet again in the two-leg Italian Cup final.

Juventus: Peruzzi; Ferrara, Porrini, Sousa, Jarni, Torricelli, Di Livio (Carrera, 81), Marocchi (Del Piero, 74), Vialli, R Baggio, Ravanelli.

Parma: Bucci; Benarrivo (Mussi, 46), Minotti, Couto, Di Chiara (Castellini, 80), Susic, Fiore, D Baggio, Crippa, Zola, Asprilla.