NEWS
Monday February 15 2021
FT: Verona 2-1 Parma, Hellas comeback

Hellas Verona beat Parma 2-1 at the Stadio Bentegodi with Antonin Barak who scored the club’s 1000th goal in Serie A.

Hellas had lost the previous two league games, while Parma had one point from the last five matches with Roberto D’Aversa in the dug-out.

Kevin Lasagna started up front to replace the injured Nikola Kalinic, while Davide Faraoni and Mattia Zaccagni were suspended. Andreas Cornelius leaded the Ducali’s front line.

The visitors had a good chance at the start of the game, but Matteo Lovato cleared the area right before Cornelius could hit the ball from point-blank range.

Yann Karamoh earned a spot-kick even if referee Luca Massimi had to had a VAR check to award the penalty kick converted by Juraj Kucka.

Hellas Verona reacted immediately when Kevin Lasagna burst in from the left, serving Dimarco on the far post.

The Italian winger helped it in, but failed to celebrate against his former club.

Lega Serie A eventually decided to give an own goal to Parma midfielder Alberto Grassi who deflected Dimarco's shot.

Gervinho had another good chance, but his shot from inside the penalty area was deflected by a defender and resulted in a corner kick.

Luigi Sepe palmed a Dimarco free-kick from the edge of the box, keeping the score level at the break.

Dimarco cut the opponents defence open with a through ball, but Sepe came out strongly to save on Daniel Bessa who had replaced the injured Ebrima Colley.

It was Dimarco, however, who provided the assist for the winner that came from a corner kick with Barak who headed the ball home.

It was Hellas Verona’s 1000th Serie A goal and the 10th header goal allowed by Parma this season.

The Ducali did too little to score the equaliser with a Gervinho shot from the edge of the box saved by Marco Silvestri and a  Joshua Zirkzee header that went over the crossbar.

Hellas have now 33 points in 22 games, while Parma still have 13 in 22 and sit 19th in the Serie A table.

Goals: Kucka pen. 8’ (P), Grassi og. (P) 13 (V), Barak 62' (V)

Verona (3-4-2-1):Silvestri; Cetin, Lovato, Gunter; Lazovic, Tameze, Ilic (Veloso 92), Dimarco (Magnani 83); Barak, Colley (Bessa 51); Lasagna.

Parma (4-3-3): Sepe; Conti (Man 88), Bani, Osorio (Pezzella 68), Gagliolo; Grassi (Sohm 58), Kurtic, Kucka; Karamoh (Mihalia 68), Cornelius (Zirkzee 56), Gervinho.

Ref: Massimi