Roberto Donadoni made an excellent Parma debut with this 3-1 victory over fellow relegation battlers Siena.
The 5-0 defeat to Inter proved fatal for Franco Colomba’s Ducali career, as he was sacked earlier this week to make way for ex-Italy boss Donadoni. The new man had to do without Graziano Pelle, Antonio Mirante and the suspended Daniele Galloppa, but adopted a new 3-4-3 system. Siena’s confidence levels were sky high following their surprise 4-0 thrashing of Lazio, though Francesco Bolzoni and Zeljko Brkic have long-term injuries.
Sebastian Giovinco’s screamer flashed over the bar and Parma did take the lead on 24 minutes. Giovinco’s cross was knocked down by Massimo Gobbi for Jonathan Biabiany’s header, well parried off the line by Pegolo. However, the goalkeeper could do nothing as both Biabiany and Stefano Morrone dived on to the loose ball from five yards. It looks as if Biabiany got the final touch.
It’s remarkable that Siena did not equalise on 35 minutes. Nicola Pavarini performed a stunning save on Alessandro Gazzi’s header, then the ball ricocheted around the six-yard box with numerous deflections until it finally went out for a corner.
Mattia Destro went clear on Franco Brienza’s through ball only to fire wide in a one-on-one with Nicola Pavarini.
Parma doubled their lead when Giovinco crossed from the left for a towering Francesco Valiani header into the far bottom corner, bouncing right in front of the goalkeeper.
Siena got themselves back into the game during the final stages when substitute Grossi unleashed an absolute rocket from distance that flashed across a helpless Pavarini.
Emanuele Calaio thought he had equalised, but the goal was ruled offside, while there were penalty appeals for a Gabriel Paletta handling offence.
Giovinco put the icing on the cake deep into stoppages, as Raffaele Palladino trapped a long ball forward and rolled it across for the unmarked Atomic Ant to tap in.