A last-gasp Jorginho penalty kept Verona’s incredible start to the season going, beating Parma in a five-goal thriller.
There was an emotional atmosphere at the Bentegodi, as Hellas Verona honoured Vice-President and former patron Giovanni Martinelli, who dies this week. There was a minute’s silence and the team wore black armbands with special jerseys marking the occasion.
Verona were flying high in fifth place with the exciting front three of Gomez Taleb, Luca Toni and Juan Iturbe. Rafael Marques received his debut at the back, though Vangelis Moras and Maietta missed out. Parma were without the suspended Antonio Mirante, injured Stefano Okaka, Daniele Galloppa and Gabriel Paletta, but Amauri’s ban was completed.
Verona broke the deadlock from a set play, as Fabrizio Cacciatore was allowed enough space to volley in a corner from eight yards. It was the full-back’s third goal of the season.
Afriyie Acquah should’ve done better from a corner, but only hit the side-netting, then Marco Parolo’s shot was denied by the base of the upright.
Parma did equalise when a defensive error allowed Parolo to hit a screamer from distance that arrowed into the near bottom corner.
The Ducali turned the game around completely in a spectacular first half, as Antonio Cassano chested down a chipped pass and scored with a precise angled drive.
It was a fantastic game and Alessandro Lucarelli’s header smacked off the underside of the crossbar, then the Dias Felipe follow-up was beaten away by a desperate Rafael.
Luca Toni was livid straight after the restart, as his diving header was disallowed for a supposed push on the defender.
Mattia Cassano went through the back of Toni to give Verona a penalty on the hour mark. Jorginho converted low despite Pavol Bajza getting a hand to it.
Rafael kept Verona on level terms by punching away an Acquah strike, but Hellas were awarded another penalty for Marco Marchionni blocking Jorginho’s path. Jorginho converted it himself to complete his brace.