Parma had two goals disallowed and a penalty saved, but eventually snatched a last-gasp victory over Sassuolo with an own goal.
This was another Emilia-Romagna Derby, of which there are several in the top flight this season, but the Neroverdi were eager to improve their poor away record. Marlon, Mehdi Bourabia, Rogerio and Filip Djuricic were out injured, while Parma had lost three of their opening four games and missed Juraj Kucka, Alberto Grassi, Luca Siligardi and Gianni Munari.
Parma wasted several early chances with Gervinho, his volley testing Andrea Consigli, then the goalkeeper rushing off his line to rescue the team after a Vlad Chiriches howler.
The Ivorian was also booked for simulation in the box, even though there seemed to be some contact with Chiriches.
Sassuolo were unhappy at the Parma goal, as they thought there was a foul in the build-up before Dejan Kulusevski threaded through for Gervinho’s angled drive. The referee and VAR agreed, as the goal was disallowed after a check on Hernani’s push on Magnanelli.
Gervinho had the ball in the net again with an angled drive after Bruno Alves won back possession in midfield, but that was disallowed too on 64 minutes for an offside position.
Domenico Berardi and Jeremie Boga tested Luigi Sepe from distance, but VAR was called into action again.
Pedro Obiang stuck a hand up to flap at a corner, but he was being hauled down by Roberto Inglese at the time and therefore off balance. The referee judged it to be a penalty offence anyway and Inglese stepped up, but the spot-kick was weak, central and smothered by Andrea Consigli. It was Consigli’s 18th penalty save since his Serie A debut in 2008-09.
It seemed doomed to end goalless, but there was one more twist in the tale. Deep into stoppages, a free kick was knocked back from the by-line by Antonino Barillà, it bounced off an unawares Medhi Bourabia and looped over Consigli into the net.
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Saved penalty: Inglese 74 (P)