SPAL secured only their second win by beating Parma 1-0, with Gabriel Strefezza providing an assist for Andrea Petagna and getting sent off.
The pressure was already on the hosts going into this Emilia-Romagna Derby after one win in six rounds, especially with Federico Di Francesco, Marco D’Alessandro and Mohamed Fares out injured. Parma were fresh from a surprise 3-2 win over 10-man Torino, but Matteo Darmian and Vincent Laurini missed out, with Andreas Cornelius picked rather than Roberto Inglese, who was still struggling with tonsillitis.
Parma had lost both previous Serie A encounters with SPAL, 1-0 and 3-2 last season.
SPAL had a very aggressive start, but Gabriel Strefezza scuffed three promising opportunities in the opening seven minutes, volleying another not far wide on a corner. Hernani’s free kick over the bar was a rare bright spot for Parma.
Strefezza completely mis-kicked another attempt from the edge of the box, but this time it turned into an accidental assist for Andrea Petagna to redirect from 10 yards, giving SPAL the deserved lead.
Parma simply could not deal with Strefezza and his cuts inside from the right, but his finishing left a lot to be desired, while Sergio Floccari fired wide after losing his footing.
SPAL almost scored a sensational goal just before half-time. It was well-worked, with Arkadiusz Reca chesting down a Strefezza cross for Jasmin Kurtic, he then found Simone Missiroli from the edge of the box for a low volley and Luigi Sepe at full stretch clawed it out of the far bottom corner with one hand.
Sepe also parried a Floccari strike from a tight angle, then palmed a Strefezza strike over the bar after the young Brazilian had robbed Giuseppe Pezzella.
The only Parma danger was when Gervinho almost pounced on a poor Igor back-pass, but Reca and Etrit Berisha dealt with the situation calmly.
Moments later, Strefezza made a foolish error. He was already on a yellow card and went down without contact in the box, so the second booking was inevitable and left SPAL down to 10 men.
Gervinho had the ball in the net on 78 minutes, but substitute Inglese was offside in the build-up, so the volley at the back post on Matteo Scozzarella’s cross did not count.
Cornelius could not get enough power on the header to beat Berisha, but Bruno Alves fired a free kick over in stoppages.
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Sent off: Strefezza 70 (S)