Serie A Week 36 - 25 Jul 2020 (16.15 UK)
1 - 2 Parma
Darmian 59 (P), Dessena 62 (B), Kulusevski 81 (P)
Stadio Mario Rigamonti

Dejan Kulusevski inspired Parma to victory against Brescia, providing the assist for Matteo Darmian and scoring the spectacular winner himself.

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The Rondinelle were already relegated, while Parma were just eager to finish in the top 10 after a dismal post-lockdown period. Stefano Sabelli and Gaston Brugman sat out bans, with Brescia also missing Dimitri Bisoli, Alfredo Donnarumma, Andrea Cistana, Jesse Joronen, Simon Skrabb and Emanuele Ndoj. The Ducali made the trip without Andreas Cornelius, Juraj Kucka, Riccardo Gagliolo and Matteo Scozzarella. Alberto Grassi had a problem in the warm-up and made way for Antonino Barillà.

Ales Mateju held his nerve to tackle Gervinho one-one-one, then Dejan Kulusevski had a similar opportunity running on to the long Luigi Sepe ball, going past the goalkeeper, but the scrambling defenders did enough to get him off balance to fire over the empty net.

Florian Aye’s finish was too weak to surprise Sepe and Sandro Tonali’s free kick was deflected just wide, but there was controversy on the stroke of half-time.

Mateju deflected a long ball with his arm and Gervinho was going clear on goal anyway, but the referee stopped play to book him rather than allow the advantage, infuriating Parma coach Roberto D’Aversa.

Gianluca Caprari came so close to opening the scoring, his cheeky back-heel flick from six yards bouncing off the base of the near post.

Moments later, Aye stung Sepe’s gloves with a snapshot, but Parma found the breakthrough when Kulusevski met a Gervinho pass down the right and pulled it back across the six-yard box for totally unmarked Matteo Darmian to finish.

However, Parma then immediately shot themselves in the foot for the equaliser. Sepe was caught being complacent with a poor pass to his defender and Daniele Dessena took full advantage after Ernesto Torregrossa was felled.

Aye should’ve put Brescia in front after Torregrossa’s cross-field pass sent him clear, but again his finish was too weak one-on-one with the goalkeeper.

Parma snatched victory with their star man Kulusevski, who added to his earlier assist with a stunning solo goal. His right-foot curler from just inside the area looped mercilessly past Andrenacci’s fingertips into the far top corner. Surprisingly, that was his weaker foot.

Brescia should’ve equalised, but Aye couldn’t keep the free header on target from five yards on a Bruno Martella cross from the left, while Andrenacci also flew to palm away a Mattia Sprocati strike and Luca Siligardi skimmed the crossbar.

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: Andrenacci; Semprini (Ghezzi 88), Gastaldello (Papetti 66), Mangraviti, Mateju; Spalek (Martella 79), Tonali, Dessena; Zmrhal; Aye, Torregrossa
Parma: Sepe; Laurini (Pezzella 70), Iacoponi (Alves 70), Dermaku, Darmian; Kucka (Siligardi 57), BarillĂ , Kurtic; Kulusevski, Caprari (Sprocati 70), Gervinho (Inglese 77)
Ref: Maggioni