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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Parma Upsets Juventus to Win UEFA

MILAN, Italy -- Parma, the provincial team which climbed from third division to the European elite in a decade, captured the UEFA Cup by upsetting its Italian rival Juventus of Turin.

The Parmesan team held Juventus to a 1-1 draw in their second-leg final at Milan's San Siro stadium Wednesday night and clinched the European trophy on a 2-1 aggregate score thanks to a 1-0 home victory in the first leg.

Dino Baggio, the less celebrated of the two Baggios on the field, was the decisive player for Parma in both games.

The Italian midfielder, who scored the game winner in the first final, headed in a 54th minute goal which evened Gianluca Vialli's opener in the 33rd.

Baggio's diving header from two meters, on a perfect cross by substitute defender Roberto Mussi, disheartened the Turin team which at that point would have needed to score two goals to win the Cup.

Roberto Baggio, Juventus inspirational star-forward, made some good moves and fed good balls to teammates Vialli, Fabrizio Ravanelli and Moreno Torricelli, who squandered at least four clear scoring chances.

Vialli, Juventus' leading scorer with 15 league goals, had the best opportunity in the 16th minute, on a perfect pass from Roberto Baggio, but failed to convert from 2 meters.

However Vialli silenced critics when he put Juventus in front with a masterpiece, on a long pass from defender Torricelli. Parma's goalie Luca Bucci could hardly see Vialli's cannonball which gave Juventus a 1-0 first-half lead.

Parma's equalizer came on a quick counterattack led by Mussi, fielded as substitute of Antonio Benarrivo in the 46th.

It was the first UEFA Cup victory for Parma, which won the Cup Winners' Cup trophy in 1993.

Parma has been Juventus' toughest rival in the current league campaign but trails by seven points with only three rounds left. La Juve can clinch its 23rd league title Sunday by scoring a draw or a win, again against Parma.

It will not be the last duel between the two teams, which are also set to clash in the Italian Cup finals in June.


Bolton defeated Wolverhampton 2-0 in an English Division 1 playoff semifinal Wednesday to advance 3-2 on aggregate.

In the playoff final at Wembley Stadium on May 29, Bolton will meet Reading, which gained a 0-0 tie with Tranmere on Wednesday, having already scored a 3-1 victory on the road in the first leg.

(For other results, see Scorecard.)