SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 28 - 10 Mar 2013 (14.00 UK)
Parma 4 - 1 Torino
Santana 56 (T), Amauri 77, 84, 91 (P), Sansone 80 (P)
Stadio Ennio Tardini

Amauri hit a fantastic hat-trick to turn this result around and give Parma a 4-1 victory over Torino, their first in two months.

This was a relegation dogfight, though one where both teams had a decent buffer from the bottom three. Parma were without a win in eight and missed Fabiano Santacroce, Andrea Coda and MacDonald Mariga, while Ishak Belfodil was only fit for the bench. Toro had Alessio Cerci, Riccardo Meggiorini and Abou Diop all suspended, though Angelo Ogbonna returned from his ban.

Jean-Francois Gillet almost gave a goal away with an extremely superficial attempt to dribble inside his own area, forced to tackle both Amauri and Jonathan Biabiany as he lost control of the ball.

Rolando Bianchi wasted a golden opportunity when his first touch let him down on Valter Birsa’s assist, as he was totally clear on goal and just had to prod it in.

An Amauri solo effort only flashed across the face of goal, while Mario Alberto Santana’s strike skimmed the bar from a tight angle.

Bianchi complained of a Yohan Benalouane push in the penalty area, but the referee waved play on. Antonio Mirante had to deny Bianchi’s right-foot strike.

Amauri’s spectacular overhead kick was denied by the goalkeeper, but from the resulting corner Giuseppe Vives came to the rescue with a goalline clearance on Amauri’s header. Gillet was again tested by an Amauri header.

Despite all the opportunities, it was Parma who went behind. Birsa ran on to an Alessandro Gazzi through ball and rolled across for Mario Alberto Santana to tap in at the back post.

Bianchi should’ve made it 2-0, but he lost his balance at full stretch on the end of a Birsa cross and Mirante was able to make a fantastic save. Bianchi also had the ball in the net, but the flag had already been raised.

Djamel Mesbah’s free header skimmed the bar for Parma, but it was Amauri who got the equaliser with a fabulous volley. He waited for the cross from the left and performed a scissor-kick volley to turn in from eight yards.

Within three minutes Parma had turned the game around completely. Substitute Nicola Sansone pounced on a poor Masiello clearance just outside the area and smashed a low drive into the near bottom corner.

Amauri put the result beyond doubt with a sensational solo effort, as he gathered from midfield and powered forward, holding off three Torino defenders to fire in at the near post.

Amauri completed the rout and his hat-trick when sweeping home after great work down the left from Sansone.


Parma: Mirante; Benalouane, Paletta, Lucarelli; Rosi (Sansone 72), Marchionni, Valdes (Mesbah 46), Parolo, Gobbi; Biabiany (Palladino 53), Amauri
Torino: Gillet; D’Ambrosio, Glik, Ogbonna (Rodriguez 78), Masiello; Brighi, Gazzi; Santana (Stevanovic 69), Bianchi, Birsa (Barreto 82), Vives
Ref: Mariani