SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 2 - 1 Sep 2019 (19.45 UK)
Udinese 1 - 3 Parma
Lasagna 17 (U), Gervinho 43 (P), Gagliolo 59 (P), Inglese 75 (P)
Dacia Arena

Parma fought back from a goal down to shock Udinese 3-1 at the Dacia Arena, making the most of Gervinho’s evergreen pace.

The Friulani were feeling confident after an opening 1-0 victory over Milan and had Rodrigo De Paul back in the starting XI after transfer speculation calmed down.

Kevin Lasagna put the hosts in front with a classic counter-attack, as he shrugged off a challenge down the left flank, surged forward and smashed the angled drive into the far bottom corner from a tight angle.

Luigi Sepe needed a double save from close range on Lasagna, while Ilija Nestorovski’s header whistled just wide, but Parma looked lively on the counter and equalised just before half-time.

A smart Kulusevski through ball released Gervinho down the right and he was perhaps trying to pull it back from the by-line for a teammate, but it bounced off Juan Musso’s foot and ricocheted in.

Parma turned the game around completely at the Dacia Arena, as a Kulusevski cross found Riccardo Gagliolo’s brave diving header from 10 yards.

The Ducali added a third late on, as Gervinho got to the by-line and pulled back for Roberto Inglese to get the final touch from six yards at the near post.

Udinese poured forward to the end, Luigi Sepe flying to keep out an Ignacio Pussetto header and De Paul curler.

In the final minute, Bruno Alves made a desperate goal-line clearance to rescue Sepe after Seko Fofana’s deflected shot beat the goalkeeper.

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Udinese: Musso; Becao, Troost-Ekong, Samir; Stryger-Larsen (Teodorczyk 78), Mandragora (Fofana 55), Jajalo, De Paul, Sema; Nestorovski (Pussetto 71), Lasagna
Parma: Sepe; Laurini (Pezzella 71), Iacoponi, Bruno Alves, Gagliolo; BarillĂ , Hernani, Grassi (Kucka 64); Kulusevki, Inglese (Cornelius 82), Gervinho
Ref: Piccinini