Spal fumbled a 2-0 lead against Udinese, eventually winning this 3-2 thriller with a stoppage-time Luca Rizzo curler.
This was the first Serie A match at the Stadio Mazza in 50 years and the crowd was fired up for the occasion, especially after an impressive 0-0 draw away to Lazio in the opening round. Alex Meret – on loan from Udinese – Alberto Grassi, Dias Felipe and Marios Oikonomou were unavailable. The Friulani lost at home to Chievo and had to do without injured Silvan Widmer.
The last time these sides met was a 1-1 Serie B draw in April 1979. Their most recent top flight meeting was a 2-1 Spal home victory in March 1962.
Marco Borriello got his first start in a SPAL jersey and immediately made his mark. A loose ball came to him, the first shot was charged down and he drilled in the rebound. This was the 12th different Serie A club that Borriello had found the net with.
It was nearly 2-0 after the restart, as Mora went on a mazy run from his own half and Borriello scuffed the finish, then Manuel Lazzari had the ball in the back of the net, but only after being flagged offside.
Spal doubled their lead in chaotic circumstances. Pasquale Schiattarella went on a slalom through the Udinese defence and the ball fell to Andrea Lazzari to tap in. The referee disallowed it, but after viewing VAR in a process that took several minutes, the official realised Danilo got the last touch and therefore Lazzari was not offside.
Udinese were nowhere to be seen, as Federico Viviani skimmed the upright and Simone Scuffet rushed off his line to deny Sergio Floccari.
The Friulani finally got into the game on 72 minutes, as a Jakub Jankto corner from the left found the head of summer signing Nuytinck.
VAR was called into action once more, awarding a penalty for Vaisanen’s challenge on Kevin Lasagna, but again it took a very long time to go through the process. Cyril Thereau kept his cool to fire the penalty past Gomis.
However, deep into stoppages, Spal snatched the victory with Luca Rizzo’s wonderful solo effort. He dribbled into the box down the right and curled a right-foot finish into the far bottom corner.