Juve Fails to Secure Italy Title, Settles for Draw With Parma

ROME -- Juventus of Turin failed to secure the Italian league title outright, settling for a lackluster 1-1 draw with second-place AC Parma that drew whistles from the fans at Delle Alpi Stadium.


Still, Juventus retained its six-point lead Sunday, 63-57, with two games left in the season, and can clinch its second championship in three years -- and record 24th overall -- with a draw or win against lowly Atalanta of Bergamo on Friday.


The head-to-head clash with Parma was lively only for about a 10-minute span of the first half, which saw an own-goal, a penalty kick and the expulsion of Parma coach Carlo Ancelotti.


Parma took a fortunate lead in the 30th minute, when Enrico Chiesa's corner kick was accidentally knocked past Juventus goalkeeper Angelo Peruzzi by his own midfielder, French international Zinedine Zidane.


The deficit forced Juventus (17-12-3) forward, and the host managed to equalize 10 minutes later through Nicola Amoruso's controversial penalty kick.


But once the teams were level at 1-1 in the 40th minute, they seemed content to play out the draw.


That left the 50,000 spectators at Juve's home pitch unsatisfied, and they jeered their team off the field.


Juventus had hoped to claim the "scudetto'' Sunday in order to render Friday's game meaningless and allow the club to concentrate on the European Champions Cup final May 28, when it defends that title against German side Borussia Dortmund.


(For other results, see Scorecard.)