SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 18 - 6 Jan 2014 (14.00 UK)
Parma 3 - 1 Torino
Immobile 21 (T), Marchionni 34 (P), Lucarelli 45 (P), Amauri 71 (P)
Stadio Ennio Tardini

Torino had taken the lead at the Stadio Tardini, but Parma turned it around with Amauri breaking his drought.

Toro ended 2013 with 13 points from an available 15 and were dreaming of European qualification. Meanwhile, Parma had drawn five of their last six and hoped to begin the New Year with a boost. Massimo Gobbi sat out a ban with Daniele Galloppa and Walter Gargano injured, while Antonio Cassano was surprisingly on the bench. The visitors were without Marcelo Larrondo, Cesare Bovo and Omar El Kaddouri, while Danilo D’Ambrosio was again dropped amid a contract dispute.

Last season the Granata lost here 4-1 and their overall Serie A record at the Tardini was one win, three draws and eight defeats.

Toro had the more aggressive start and Alessandro Lucarelli risked an own goal when intercepting a Ciro Immobile effort.

Immobile put Torino in front after 21 minutes when he got to the back post in order to meet a Matteo Darmian cross, firing it under the bar from close range.

It should’ve been 2-0 at the half-hour mark, but Immobile failed to finish off a well-worked counter-attack by ballooning off target.

Instead, Parma equalised thanks to veteran Marco Marchionni. Marco Cassani went down the right and pulled back for Marchionni’s splendid volley from the edge of the box.

Amauri almost turned the game around completely 120 seconds later, his screamer cracking against the crossbar with Daniele Padelli beaten.

Parma’s confidence was revived and Jonathan Biabiany’s strike skimmed the base of the upright before Alessandro Lucarelli scored in spectacular circumstances. The defender performed a backheel flick at the edge of the six-yard box to turn a corner in at the near post. It was a sensational goal, similar to one scored in this stadium by Roberto Mancini.

Having fumbled a lead, Toro boss Giampiero Ventura surprisingly replaced both strikers Immobile and Alessio Cerci at half-time. It didn’t seem to work, as Parma continued to push with Biabiany firing straight at Padelli.

Riccardo Meggiorini failed to make the most of a promising move, aiming his shot into the goalkeeper’s arms. Meggiorini also tested Antonio Mirante from a tight angle on Alexander Farnerud’s free kick.

Amauri ended his Parma goal drought with a determined solo effort, as he burst into the box and held off Kamil Glik to prod into the net from eight yards.

Mirante ensured Toro couldn’t set up a grandstand finale with his great save on Migjen Basha’s half-volley.


Parma: Mirante; Cassani, Mendes, Lucarelli, Felipe; Acquah, Marchionni, Parolo; Biabiany (Obi 78), Amauri (Cassano 78), Sansone (Palladino 62)
Torino: Padelli; Maksimovic, Glik, Moretti; Darmian, Basha, Vives (Bellomo 79), Farnerud, Pasquale; Cerci (Meggiorini 46), Immobile (Barreto 46)
Ref: Russo