Torino-Parma ended 1-1 with Ciro Immobile and Alessandro Lucarelli sent off in a dramatic clash for Europe.
This was a genuine play-off for Europa League places, as just one point separated the two teams going in. Toro had all the momentum, winning six of the last eight games and Alessio Cerci shook off a muscular problem to partner top scorer Ciro Immobile. Alexander Farnerud, Migjen Basha, Salvatore Masiello and Giovanni Pasquale were sidelined. Parma had lost five of the last eight rounds and Dias Felipe was suspended.
Milan’s 2-1 defeat to Atalanta earlier this afternoon meant a win would mathematically put Torino into sixth place.
There was an unfortunate incident in the opening minutes, as Immobile’s strike accidentally hit a member of the Toro medical staff in the nose and he left the field bleeding profusely.
Cesare Bovo charged down a Marco Parolo shot on the spin, but Kamil Glik wasted a golden opportunity with his fresh-air shot at the end of a well-worked corner.
Parolo was dangerous again for the visitors, his shot crucially charged down from point-blank range, while Immobile acrobatically turned over.
Daniele Padelli performed a spectacular flying save, getting his fingertips to a long-range Parolo strike that was swerving into the far top corner.
Torino took the lead by taking advantage of a disastrous Gabriel Paletta backpass to Antonio Mirante, keeping his cool and threading the finish into an empty net.
Marchionni blasted over after a smart Cassano backheel flick in the box, while Afriyie Acquah’s long-range strike swerved just past the bar.
The tension got to Parma, as their captain Alessandro Lucarelli received a straight red card for using his elbow on Immobile as the striker was running towards goal. A brawl broke out with Immobile booked for his furious reaction. From that free kick, Cesare Bovo’s effort whistled over the bar.
Despite going down to 10 men, Parma still managed to equalise, as Acquah was hacked down in the box by Kamil Glik. Cassano took the penalty and saw Padelli save it with his outstretched foot, but Toro were slow to react and Jonathan Biabiany pounced on the rebound to equalise.
To make matters worse, moments later Immobile went down easily in the box and was booked for simulation. It was his second yellow card, meaning a red and suspension for next week, not to mention that his Capocannoniere campaign ends with 22 goals.
Jasmin Kurtic blasted over from distance and Biabiany fired at Padelli rather than set up a teammate.
Sent off: Lucarelli 64 (P), Immobile 73 (T)
Saved penalty: Cassano 71 (P)