Federico Dimarco scored a stunner from distance against the run of play to give Parma a shock victory over Inter, their first here in 19 years.
Parma had only managed one Serie A victory at San Siro in 24 previous attempts, 3-1 in May 1999, losing 15 and drawing eight.
The Nerazzurri made many changes ahead of the Champions League opener with Tottenham, resting Mauro Icardi, Matteo Politano, Kwadwo Asamoah and Sime Vrsaljko, with Lautaro Martinez injured. The Ducali were back in Serie A after their bankruptcy in 2015 and came close to upsetting Juventus with ex-Roma star Gervinho.
Antonio Candreva’s strike from distance was parried by Luigi Sepe, then Ivan Perisic volleyed a deflected Candreva cross over relatively undisturbed.
A corner whipped past both Milan Skriniar and Danilo D’Ambrosio at the back post. Gervinho forced a fine save out of Samir Handanovic, but only after a marginal offside call.
Radja Nainggolan and Marcelo Brozovic had attempts from distance, with Perisic stinging Sepe’s gloves on the counter.
Inter were a little toothless, so introduced Icardi for Keita, while Ciciretti made his seasonal debut for Parma after playing an important role in their promotion from Serie B last season.
Leo Stulac had the first shot on target of the second half, his trademark scorcher from distance kept out by a tricky one-handed Handanovic save.
There was a huge scare for Parma on 57 minutes, as Perisic’s shot from a tight angle was cleared off the line by Federico Dimarco. It seemed to make contact with his elbow, but the VAR officials waved play on. It would’ve been a penalty and red card for the Italy Under-21 international.
A series of shots were charged down until D’Ambrosio blasted over, while Nainggolan again tested Sepe from distance.
Parma almost scored a spectacular own goal with Gagliolo’s clumsy, acrobatic interception, dribbling inches past the upright.
Sepe had to be on his toes and sprint off his line for a clean tackle on Icardi, who sprung the offside trap on a through ball.
Incredibly, it was Parma who took the lead at San Siro with a remarkable strike. Ex-Inter youth product Dimarco robbed Brozovic in midfield and unleashed a stunning shot from 25 metres that swerved and dipped in off the underside of the bar at the far top corner. It was his debut Serie A goal.
Gervinho almost made it 2-0, dribbling past three to force a save out of Handanovic, then Inglese’s follow-up was straight at the goalkeeper.
Inter poured forward throughout four minutes of stoppages, Gagliolo flinging himself in the path of Stefan de Vrij like a human shield.
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