Parma caused an upset with this 2-1 victory away to Chievo, gifted by a Luciano own goal.
The Flying Donkeys had only two days’ rest after their 2-1 win over Novara on Thursday evening, while Parma saw their Tuesday match with Juventus snowed off. Perparim Hetemaj sat out a ban for the home side, but the Ducali missed Fabiano Santacroce and January signing Jonathan, although Antonio Mirante returned in goal and MacDonald Mariga made his comeback.
Davide Moscardelli’s angled drive flashed across the face of goal, but Parma lost Daniele Galloppa to a suspected thigh strain straight away. Vacek just failed to get on the end of a Sergio Pellissier assist, while Sebastian Giovinco fired straight at Stefano Sorrentino from a very promising position.
Nicola Pavarini parried from Paolo Sammarco at the base of the near post. In first half stoppages Cristian Zaccardo was at full stretch to anticipate his marker and tap in, but the referee judged it to be dangerous play.
Parma took the lead straight after the restart with a moment of great skill from Giovinco. The Atomic Ant controlled a Mariga ball over the top, flicked it again with his right foot to turn Marco Andreolli and smashed the left-foot finish in from eight yards.
It didn’t last long, as Chievo equalised when a horrible Zaccardo stumble when attempting to clear Vacek’s cross allowed Cyril Thereau to tap in from six yards.
Sorrentino needed a great save to stop Sergio Floccari completing a Giovinco counter-attack, then Gabriel Paletta nodded Giovinco’s assist just wide.
Chievo incredibly shot themselves in the foot with a comical own goal. The free kick from the right seemed harmless, but Luciano’s wayward clearance flew in at the near post past his own stunned ‘keeper.
Pavarini leapt to flap a looping Andreolli header out from under the crossbar, then performed another splendid save on Acerbi.