SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 16 - 10 Dec 2017 (14.00 UK)
Spal 2 - 2 Verona
Cerci pen 55 (V), Caceres 69 (V), Paloschi 86 (S), Antenucci pen 88 (S)
Stadio Paolo Mazza

SPAL wiped out a 2-0 deficit in the space of 120 seconds, fighting back late on to hold Hellas Verona in a 2-2 thriller.

This was a relegation dogfight between two of the newly-promoted sides. Dias Felipe sat out a ban for the hosts, joining injured Alex Meret, Filippo Costa and Konate in the stands. Hellas missed Bruno Zuculini and Matteo Bianchetti.

SPAL wore special edition jerseys to mark the 110th anniversary of the Ferrara club’s foundation.

Nicolas performed a splendid early save after Marco Borriello bullied his way past defenders, but then Verona had penalty appeals waved away for Vicari’s apparent tug on Alessio Cerci.

Cerci’s solo effort from a tight angle tested Alfred Gomis, while Nicolas was again alert on a Vicari glancing header and Alberto Grassi scuffed from point-blank range after a lucky ricochet.

Moise Kean had a double chance, the first charged down and the second beaten away by Gomis, but Federico Viviani went through the back of Cerci for a penalty, which the ex-Torino winger converted himself.

Federico Mattiello scuffed his finish from close range, but Verona struck again on the counter-attack. It was an inspired Daniele Verde through ball that allowed Martin Caceres to spring the offside trap and place his angled drive across Brignoli into the far bottom corner.

SPAL were unlucky not to pull one back, because Grassi’s flying flick on a chipped pass was fingertipped on to the inside of the upright by Nicolas and bounced all the way across the line to go out again.

Moments later, Grassi rattled the frame of the goal again, this time his towering header bouncing off the other post.

SPAL thought they had scored when Nicolas fumbled a Mattiello pull-back and Sergio Floccari tapped in, but the referee gave a free kick against the striker.

Soon after, SPAL did get one back, as Paloschi flicked up the ball off the outside of the boot as he turned and fired it past the on-rushing Nicolas.

Moments later, Caracciolo brought down Floccari in the box and Mirco Antenucci converted the resulting penalty for an extraordinary comeback, as SPAL went from 2-0 down to 2-2 in just over two minutes.

Hellas woke up and Gomis rushed off his line to deflect a Romulo solo effort over the bar, but the spoils were shared at the end of a thriller.


Spal: Gomis; Cremonesi (Antenucci 80), Salamon, Vicari; Lazzari, Rizzo (Schiattarella 65), Viviani, Grassi, Mattiello; Paloschi, Borriello (Floccari 65)
Verona: Nicolas; Caceres, Caracciolo, Ferrari, Fares; Romulo, Buchel, Bessa; Verde (Calvano 80), Kean (Valoti 64), Cerci (Pazzini 73)
Ref: Rocchi