SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 12 - 10 Nov 2013 (14.00 UK)
Parma 1 - 1 Lazio
Keita 50 (L), Lucarelli 64 (P)
Stadio Ennio Tardini

Keita Balde scored a wonderful debut Serie A goal, but Lazio could only pick up a point in Parma.

The pressure was on Vladimir Petkovic after a home defeat to Genoa and far from convincing Europa League win over Apollon Limassol. He had to reshuffle his defence, missing Andre Dias, Senad Lulic, Giuseppe Biava and the suspended Michael Ciani. Parma lost Walter Gargano to international duty with Uruguay, plus Stefano Okaka and Daniele Galloppa were injured.

Ex-Barcelona youngster Keita Balde got his first Serie A start, but his first touch let him down when sent clear by Lorik Cana, then Marco Marchionni’s early snapshot whistled just past the top corner.

Keita was again dangerous, forcing Antonio Mirante into a tricky double save both on the shot and Klose’s attempted follow-up. Parma lost Joel Obi to a muscular problem in the opening half-hour.

Keita was very lively and his assist flashed all the way across the face of goal with nobody able to turn in, then his header whistled wide of the far post.

Parma went close at the dawn of the second half, but Sansone’s snapshot skimmed the woodwork.

Keita eventully got his first Serie A goal. Antonio Candreva went on the counter, then the teenager dribbled past two to deposit into the empty net.

Antonio Cassano thought he had equalised moments later when he nutmegged a defender, but the finish looped just wide. Federico Marchetti was under pressure now and had his palms stung by a Sansone screamer.

Parma did get back on level terms, as a Sansone corner was whipped to the near post for an Alessandro Lucarelli free header.

It was wide open now with both teams eager to win, as Mirante got down to push a Keita strike round the base of the upright after the Spanish teen had burst past two defenders.

Mirante turned a curling Candreva free kick out for a corner as it bounced right in front of him, then Aleandro Rosi was sent off for Parma after taking his protests too far.


Parma: Mirante; Cassani, Lucarelli, Felipe; Rosi, Obi (Valdes 26), Marchionni, Parolo, Gobbi; Palladino (Sansone 46), Cassano (Amauri 82)
Lazio: Marchetti; Pereirinha (Cavanda 87), Novaretti, Cana, Radu; Onazi, Ledesma, Hernanes (Biglia 70); Candreva, Klose (Floccari 84), Keita
Ref: Rizzoli

Sent off: Rosi 86 (P)