SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 19 - 11 Jan 2014 (17.00 UK)
0 - 3 Parma
Palladino 2 (P), Amauri 86, pen 91 (P)
Stadio Armando Picchi

Parma earned their first ever victory at the Stadio Picchi, sending Livorno to their seventh defeat in eight games.

Antonio Cassano was surprisingly benched for the second week running and Nicola Sansone also dropped in favour of Amauri and Raffaele Palladino. Walter Gargano was not fit to start and Marco Cassani suspended, but captain Alessandro Lucarelli faced his beloved hometown club. Livorno had one point from seven rounds and had Pasquale Schiattarella on a ban.

Parma had never conquered the Stadio Picchi with just seven draws in 14 competitive visits. However, it took just 100 seconds for the Ducali to break through with a splendid low Palladino volley from Jonathan Biabiany’s cross.

Antonio Mirante rushed off his line to stop Cristiano Piccini turning in a Marco Benassi ball over the top from eight yards, but Palladino almost made it 2-0 with a very similar finish, this time the volley went wide from an Afriyie Acquah cross.

With such a difficult start, Coach Davide Nicola opted for a tactical change after 25 minutes, introducing forward Luca Siligardi.

Mirante got down well to beat away a very dangerous Paulinho free kick that bounced just in front of him at the near bottom corner. From the resulting set play, Leandro Rinaudo couldn’t get enough power on to the header.

Straight after the restart Mirante smothered a Siligardi effort set up for him by Paulinho, then plucked Piccini’s diving header out of the air.

Leandro Greco volleyed with the outside of his boot to drag just wide of the far post after good work from Alfred Duncan down the left. Livorno were now pouring forward and Mirante flew to fingertip a stunning Emerson screamer out from under the bar, then Siligardi volleyed past the far post.

Mirante kept his cool to dribble Innocent Emeghara well outside his penalty area and Francesco Bardi was called into a rare but excellent one-handed save on Marco Parolo’s blockbuster.

Parma added a second goal on the counter-attack to finish off sorry Livorno. Massimo Gobbi should’ve had his name on the scoresheet, but his angled drive bounced off the base of the upright into the path of Amauri. It was the Brazilian-Italian’s second goal in as many games.

In stoppages Emerson tripped Pedro Mendes and Amauri converted the penalty to complete his brace. Remarkably, this was the first Serie A spot-kick awarded to Parma in over a year.


: Bardi; Mbaye (Duncan 63), Rinaudo, Emerson, Ceccherini, Piccini (Emeghara 76); Benassi, Luci, Biagianti (Siligardi 25); Greco; Paulinho
Parma: Mirante; Rosi, Mendes, Lucarelli, Gobbi; Acquah (Gargano 76), Marchionni, Parolo; Biabiany (Sansone 69), Amauri, Palladino (Paletta 83)
Ref: Irrati