Saturday August 10 2013
Parma conquer Craven Cottage

Gabriel Paletta and Nicola Sansone earned Parma a prestigious 2-1 victory over Fulham at Craven Cottage.

The Ducali visited London as part of pre-season preparations with Antonio Cassano and Amauri still working on their new partnership.

It took just 10 minutes for the hosts to go in front with a Steve Sidwell screamer into the top corner, leaving Antonio Mirante no chance.

Amauri had the ball in the net, but was flagged offside, while Marco Parolo rattled the crossbar and Aleandro Rosi was just unable to nod in the rebound.

Former Roma goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg was forced into a tough save on Jonathan Biabiany before the break.

Parma were very impressive and finally got their equaliser with captain Paletta rising to nod in Cassano’s cross.

They almost went in front when Stekelenburg rushed off his line to close down Nicola Sansone, while Stefano Okaka turned his header wide against his former club.

Parma earned a fully-deserved victory at Craven Cottage with Under-21 international Sansone’s header after Gianni Munari knocked down a Djamel Mesbah cross.

Bajza preserved the lead late on with a save on Kasami.

Fulham 1-2 Parma

Scorers: Sidwell 10 (F), Paletta 56 (P), Sansone 86 (P)

Fulham: Stekelenburg; Riether, Hangeland, Hughes, Richardson; Dejagah (Taarabt 63), Boateng (Karagounis 63), Sidwell (David 79), Na Bangna; Ruiz (Kasami 76); Berbatov (Rodallega 46)

Parma: Mirante (Bajza 63); Benalouane (Lucarelli 63), Paletta, Felipe (Sansone 63); Rosi, Chibsah (Marchionni 46), Valdes, Parolo (Mesbah 63), Biabiany; Amauri (Munari 63), Cassano (Okaka 63)

Ref: East