SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 4 - 22 Sep 2013 (14.00 UK)
0 - 0 Parma
Stadio Angelo Massimino

It was a disappointing stalemate between two sides who are clearly in poor form at the moment, though Catania got their first point.

These were two teams in crisis, as the Elefantini had no points after three rounds and just one goal scored, while the Ducali had a single point to their name. Gabriel Paletta and Daniele Galloppa missed out for the visitors. Mariano Izco, Peruzzi, Sebastian Leto and Lucas Castro were unavailable in Sicily.

Parma had never won in Catania, managing just seven draws and eight defeats in all competition here. The pitch was very heavy following a thunderstorm in the morning.

In the opening minute Gonzalo Bergessio prodded a Plasil cross just wide of the near post. However, the state of the field took its toll on Bergessio, who limped off for Maxi Lopez.

Nicolas Spolli used his body to charge down an Antonio Cassano snapshot and was then dangerous himself at the other end of the pitch. Just before half-time Spolli got his head to a Pablo Barrientos free kick and forced a save out of Antonio Mirante.

Amauri’s audacious overhead kick was charged down, then the Italian-Brazilian stung Mariano Andujar’s palms after spinning round in the D.

Nicola Legrottaglie threw himself at Afriyie Acquah’s effort to charge down a very good opportunity.


: Andujar; Bellusci, Legrottaglie, Spolli; Alvarez, Plasil, Almiron (K Boateng 64), Guarente, Monzon; Barrientos (Keko 87), Bergessio (Maxi Lopez 33)
Parma: Mirante; Cassani, Felipe, Lucarelli; Biabiany (Rosi 80), Acquah, Marchionni, Parolo (Obi 64), Gobbi; Cassano (Palladino 46), Amauri
Ref: Mazzoleni