SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 8 - 7 Oct 2018 (11.30 UK)
Genoa 1 - 3 Parma
Piatek 6 (G), Rigoni 16 (P), Siligardi 26 (P), Ceravolo 30 (P)
Stadio Luigi Ferraris

Krzysztof Piatek was on target again, but Parma completed a remarkable comeback to conquer Genoa for the first time since 1994.

The last time the Ducali won a Serie A match at Marassi was 4-0 in January 1994, followed by four draws and as many defeats.

The Grifone were flying high with Capocannoniere Krzysztof Piatek, who had eight Serie A goals in his first six games, but Iuri Medeiros was picked rather than Goran Pandev, with Lisandro Lopez injured. Parma missed Gervinho, Roberto Inglese, Alberto Grassi, Gianni Munari and others, so were forced to reshuffle in attack.

It took just six minutes for Piatek to get his ninth goal in seven Serie A games, becoming the first man to score in each of his first seven Serie A appearances in the season since Christian Vieri for Inter in 2002-03. His looping header on a Darko Lazovic cross from the left bounced in off the inside of the far post and Luigi Sepe was unable to flap it off the line in time.

However, Parma equalised with former Genoa midfielder Luca Rigoni and a lot of responsibility fell to goalkeeper Ionut Radu, who completely missed the Luca Siligardi corner, allowing a tap-in undisturbed at the back post.

Sepe almost gifted a goal with another howler, but was fortunate to see the seemingly harmless Lazovic cross-shot bounce off his chest and up over the empty net.

Lazovic tested Sepe again and Piatek thought he’d completed his brace with a header from a corner, but it bounced off the post and Sepe flapped it off the line with millimetres to spare, as confirmed by goal-line technology.

Moments later, Parma turned the game around completely with a stunning Siligardi strike. He sprinted down the right, cut inside on to his left foot and smashed the ground-to-air missile into the far top corner from a tight angle.

It was a remarkable comeback, as the Ducali ran riot with a cushioned Fabio Ceravolo header on the Antonino Barillà ball floated over the top.

Genoa thought they’d pulled one back with a cross sailing over Piatek to find Mimmo Criscito’s diving header at the back post, but it was disallowed using VAR for an offside position.

Davide Ballardini threw on Andrea Favilli and Daniel Bessa for the second half, with the latter’s glancing header testing Sepe early doors, but Radu also required a fine reaction save on Ceravolo’s header from close range.

Favilli stung Sepe’s gloves at the near post and Piatek nodded wide, but Genoa couldn’t get back into the game after that flurry of Parma goals.

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Genoa: Radu; Biraschi, Spolli, Criscito; Pedro Pereira (Mazzitelli 70), Sandro, Hiljemark (Bessa 46), Lazovic; Medeiros (Favilli 46); Piatek, Kouame
Parma: Sepe; Iacoponi, Bruno Alves, Gagliolo, Gobbi; Rigoni (Deiola 77), Stulac, BarillĂ ; Siligardi, Ceravolo (Da Cruz 66), Di Gaudio (Bastoni 60)
Ref: Chiffi