Andreas Cornelius managed an extraordinary feat by scoring his second hat-trick of the season past Genoa, as Parma conquered Marassi 4-1.
The Grifone had improved considerably under Davide Nicola, their third coach of the season, but there was the fear a three-month break due to the pandemic would break their momentum. Ivan Radovanovic will miss the rest of the season through injury, while Parma were without Roberto Inglese and Giuseppe Pezzella.
The Ducali had a bright start, but Gervinho, Andreas Cornelius and Dejan Kulusevski all failed to finish off the chaotic early move.
Gervinho really should’ve scored on 13 minutes when a through ball sent him clear, but his touch was poor and he prodded it wide from nine yards.
Parma did go in front soon after, as Hernani did brilliantly to run and keep the Gervinho pass in play at the by-line, pulling it back into the box for Cornelius to sweep home from nine yards.
Mattia Perin made a fantastic save to deny an acrobatic Cornelius attempt, but on the counter Genoa saw their strike charged down by Simone Iacoponi’s hand for a penalty. Domenico Criscito’s spot-kick was by no means poor, but Luigi Sepe confirmed his excellent form by fingertipping it on to the upright. It was his second consecutive penalty save.
Parma immediately went up the other end, Hernani stung Perin’s gloves, but Cornelius doubled their lead moments later. He hooked a powerful Vincent Laurini cross at the back post and rifled it left-footed between Perin’s legs.
Goran Pandev’s snapshot tested Sepe with the first genuine Genoa shot on target at the dawn of the second half.
However, Cornelius completed his second hat-trick of the season against Genoa with a diving header that glanced Laurini’s cross into the far bottom corner. Incredibly, of his 11 Serie A goals this term, six were past Genoa.
The night went from bad to worse for Criscito, who limped off in visible discomfort. However, Genoa did receive another penalty for Laurini’s handball and this time substitute Iago Falque sent Sepe the wrong way to get Genoa on the scoresheet.
The hosts saw more of the ball in the final half-hour, as Parma rested on their laurels, but all Genoa could muster was a Lasse Schone free kick and Mattia Destro header off target.
Instead, Dejan Kulusevski snatched a fourth for Parma, a little shimmy sending two defenders to ground and opening up the space to drill into the near bottom corner.
It could even have been five, but Perin saved a Jasmin Kurtic counter with the last kick of the game.
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Saved penalty: Criscito 30 (G)