Serie A Week 7 - 1 Oct 2017 (14.00 UK)
Spal 1 - 1
Paloschi 39 (S), Simy 59 (C)
Stadio Paolo Mazza

Simy snatched a precious 1-1 away draw for Crotone at SPAL’s Stadio Mazza after an opener from Alberto Paloschi.

This was a relegation dogfight between sides who were both on four points going in to the Stadio Mazza. Alex Meret, Marios Oikonomou and Sergio Floccari were still absent for the hosts, while the Calabrese club had a full squad to choose from.

Rolando Mandragora scored his debut Serie A goal last week and tried again straight out the gate, forcing an Alfred Gomis save and Federico Barberis saw his missile from 30 metres whistle just wide.

SPAL started to take control, Mirco Antenucci volleying inches wide and his header over the bar, but Marco Borriello went off with a muscular problem.

His replacement, Alberto Paloschi, opened the scoring on a well-worked move. Mora’s cross from the left was flicked on by Antenucci for Paloschi at the back post.

Antenucci threatened a second moments later, a snapshot from distance skimming the woodwork.

Adrian Stoian woke up in the second half as Crotone fought back, testing Alfred Gomis and setting up Simy to fire just wide.

The equaliser arrived when Simy controlled on the edge of the box and placed a snooker shot into the far bottom corner, as Gomis was perhaps unsighted by Vicari.

It was a wide open game with chances for Paloschi, Marco Davide Faraoni and an Andrea Lazzari cross-shot.

SPAL had a huge double opportunity at the 86th minute, but Alex Cordaz performed heroics on both Arlind Ajeti and the Paloschi follow-up.

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Spal: Gomis; Salamon, Vicari, Felipe; Lazzari, Schiattarella, Viviani, Mora (Rizzo 74), Costa (Mattiello 85); Antenucci, Borriello (Paloschi 30)
: Cordaz; Sampirisi (Simic 82), Ajeti, Ceccherini, Martella; Rohden (Faraoni 70), Mandragora, Barberis, Stoian (Izco 94); Nalini, Simy
Ref: Mazzoleni