SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 14 - 4 Dec 2011 (19.45 UK)
Parma 0 - 0
Stadio Ennio Tardini

Sebastian Giovinco and Francesco Valiani hit the woodwork, but Parma couldn’t break down Palermo in the fog.

Devis Mangia’s Sicilians hoped to end their dismal away record of one point and not a single goal, but wasn’t helped by the fact Fabrizio Miccoli, Abel Hernandez, Igor Budan, Eran Zahavi and Andrea Mantovani were all ruled out, so Lores Varela got his first start. Parma aimed to continue their strong Tardini trend with Graziano Pellè supported by Giovinco.

There were doubts as to whether the game would go ahead, as fog sank over the stadium and visibility was very poor.

Pellè flashed an angled drive across the face of goal, skimming the base of the far post. At the other end, Federico Balzaretti got down the left and forced a save out of Antonio Mirante’s legs at the near post.

Pellè threatened again, hooking down a cross with a great first touch only to pull the finish wide.

Giovinco spun round on the edge of the box for a fierce strike that Francesco Benussi flew to palm out from under the bar. Moments later the Atomic Ant went even closer, as his shot beat the goalkeeper to crack against the base of the upright.

The fog started to lift midway through the first half, but Palermo wasted a great chance on the counter with Mauricio Pinilla’s wayward pass. It was all Parma, as Giovinco’s diving header whistled past the near post from Stefano Morrone’s cross.

The fog descended a little more during half-time and Palermo finally threatened with Lores Varela turning his finish off target from a promising position. At the other end, Alessandro Lucarelli ballooned a corner over the bar from six yards.

On 55 minutes Palermo had penalty appeals for Massimo Gobbi clumsily tugging at Nicolas Bertolo, though the substitute did go down far too easily.

Francesco Valiani’s stunning curler from the edge of the box sailed over Benussi and thumped the crossbar, meaning Parma had hit the woodwork twice in this game. From the resulting corner, Benussi parried Lucarelli’s attempt.

Valiani went close again, his header wide from a Jonathan Biabiany cross, but Palermo scraped a point in Parma.


Parma: Mirante; Zaccardo, Paletta, Lucarelli, Gobbi; Biabiany, Galloppa, Morrone, Valiani; Giovinco; Pellè (Musacci 90)
: Benussi; Pisano, Silvestre, Migliaccio, Balzaretti; Acquah, Bacinovic (Bertolo 54), Barreto; Ilicic, Lores Varela (Alvarez 65); Pinilla (Della Rocca 83)
Ref: Banti