SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 32 - 12 Jul 2020 (18.30 UK)
Parma 2 - 2 Bologna
Danilo 3 (B), Soriano 16 (B), Kurtic 93 (P), Inglese 95 (P)
Stadio Ennio Tardini

Parma completed an incredible comeback from 2-0 down to 2-2 with a pair of goals in stoppages from Jasmin Kurtic and returning Roberto Inglese to stun Bologna.

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The Emilia-Romagna Derby had been in doubt, as a member of the Parma staff tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday. However, as per the medical protocol, blanket tests were performed this morning and all came up negative.

Andreas Cornelius was out injured, Roberto Inglese returned to the bench after months of fitness problems, while Gervinho was tired, so Parma completely revamped their attack with makeshift forwards Juraj Kucka and Mattia Sprocati. Bologna lost Jerdy Schouten to a sprain, while Roberto Soriano returned after his two-match ban was reduced on appeal.

Musa Barrow stung Luigi Sepe’s gloves at the near post and Bologna took the lead on the resulting Riccardo Orsolini corner, which found Danilo’s glancing header from six yards.

It was one-way traffic at the Stadio Tardini and Soriano celebrated winning the appeal to have his ban halved by scoring the goal, curling into the far bottom corner from the edge of the box. It bounced right in front of Sepe, who got down quite late.

Bologna were dominant, but lost Mattia Bani to injury, as he was carried off to make way for Ibrahima Mbaye.

Parma had to shake things up and introduced Dejan Kulusevski with Yann Karamoh for the second half. They did improve a little, Simone Iacoponi’s header just over from a Hernani free kick, while Roberto Inglese made his comeback after months of injury woe.

The Ducali did get a goal back in stoppages, Jasmin Kurtic allowed a free header at the back post on a deflected corner.

Bologna thought it was mere consolation, but they didn’t count on the return of Inglese, who got in front of a muddled Tomiyasu at the back post to prod home Riccardo Gagliolo’s floated cross, going from 0-2 to 2-2 in injury time.

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Parma: Sepe; Iacoponi, Alves (Karamoh 46), Gagliolo; Laurini (Pezzella 83), Hernani, Scozzarella (Kulusevski 46), Kurtic, Darmian; Kucka (Grassi 60), Sprocati (Inglese 60)
Bologna: Skorupski; Tomiyasu, Bani (Mbaye 44), Danilo, Dijks; Dominguez (Svanberg 77), Medel (Luci 92), Soriano; Orsolini (Skov-Olsen 77), Barrow, Sansone (Palacio 77)
Ref: Mariani