Serie A Week 3 - 4 Oct 2020 (14.00 UK)
Parma 1 - 0 Verona
Kurtic 1 (P)
Stadio Ennio Tardini

Parma picked up their first points of the season thanks to a Jasmin Kurtic goal in the opening minute and some poor Hellas Verona finishing.

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The Crociati were having a nightmare start to the season, with new coach Fabio Liverani struggling to get his ideas across and a team in constant flux due to the transfer market. Simone Iacoponi was suspended, with Andreas Cornelius, Roberto Inglese and Matteo Scozzarella not fully fit. Verona were top of the table after two rounds, albeit thanks largely to Roma fielding an irregular player and forfeiting the 0-0 draw. Miguel Veloso, Pawel Dawidowicz and Marco Benassi were out of action.

It took barely 30 seconds to break the deadlock, as Yann Karamoh immediately sprinted away from Davide Faraoni down the right, his cross was missed entirely by defenders and Jasmin Kurtic was free to tap in at the far post.

Karamoh threatened another soon after, his solo run this time deflected just wide, but Verona recovered from that early shock and Andrea Favilli forced Luigi Sepe to save with his legs at the near post.

Gaston Brugman was in the right place at the right time, using his chest to clear a glancing header off the line at the near post from a corner.

Giuseppe Pezzella did even better, sprinting back for a decisive goal-line clearance when Faraoni was allowed a free shot on goal from Federico Dimarco’s pull-back.

Gervinho’s solo run and angled drive whistled wide, while there was chaos when Adrien Tameze was caught napping by Kurtic, that finish then deflected wide by Mert Cetin.

Hellas were forced into a change, losing Massimo Lovato in an already short-staffed defence. Kurtic tested Marco Silvestri from distance, Favilli failed to make the most of the Ebrima Colley assist and Koray Gunter’s free header from a corner was well smothered.

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Parma: Sepe; Laurini (Darmian 63), Bruno Alves, Dermaku, Pezzella; Hernani (Gagliolo 63), Brugman, Kurtic (Grassi 74); Kucka; Karamoh (Cornelius 63), Gervinho
Verona: Silvestri; Cetin (Tupta 86), Gunter, Lovato (Lazovic 45); Faraoni, Tameze, Ilic, Dimarco; Barak (Salcedo 58), Zaccagni (E Colley 58); Favalli
Ref: Giua