Parma celebrated their Centenary, but only in the stands, as this was a disappointing draw with Cagliari.
This was a very special game indeed, as it marked the Centenary of Parma’s foundation, so there was a huge celebration at the Stadio Tardini including a parade of their historic team strips.
Marco Parolo could not take part in the match itself due to a ban, while Daniele Galloppa and Nicola Pavarini were injured. Cagliari were fresh from a controversial win over Atalanta, but Daniele Conti was suspended with Victor Ibarbo and Mauricio Pinilla on the treatment table.
The two teams were locked together on 18 points and unbeaten in four. Jonathan Biabiany at full stretch couldn’t make clean conact with a dangerous cross, while Marco Sau’s header was over the bar.
Daniele Dessena fired straight at the Parma goalkeeper from a promising position, but the hosts lost Gabriel Paletta to a muscular problem.
Massimo Gobbi ballooned over the bar and Antonio Cassano was booked for dissent, meaning he will be suspended for next week’s trip to his old club Sampdoria.
Vlada Avramov fingertipped a Jaime Valdes shot over the bar from the tightest of angles and Biabiany wasted a golden opportunity when his touch let him down.
Biabiany ran on to a Cassano assist down the right and Avramov got a fingertip to his angled drive, just enough to let it scrape the far post.
Moments later Biabiany turned on the turbo to burst past his marker, but got the ball caught under his feet and allowed Avramov to smother at the last moment.
Cagliari couldn’t believe they had not scored on 62 minutes. Mirante got a fingertip to Marco Sau’s angled drive, it dribbled slowly towards an empty net, ricocheted off the inside of the upright and was rolling in before Massimo Gobbi performed a goalline clearance.
In the final minute, substitute Amauri got a glancing header to Biabiany’s cross from the right, but it only skimmed the upright.