Udinese hadn’t scored a single goal this season, but needed three – including a last-gasp Ignacio Pussetto strike – to get the better of decimated Parma 3-2.
There were huge question marks about whether this game would go ahead, as in the days leading up to it, Parma registered seven positive COVID-19 tests among their players. As per the medical protocol, they were allowed to continue with the remaining negative members of the squad, and the others were not named. Udinese missed Rolando Mandragora, Juan Musso, Walace, Mato Jajalo, Jens Stryger-Larsen and Bram Nuytinck.
The hosts were wearing a special jersey with the names of all the towns and cities that welcomed emigrants from the Friuli region.
Samir’s header skimmed the crossbar from an Ouwejan cross and Luigi Sepe used his legs to block a Stefano Okaka angled drive on Rodrigo De Paul’s counter-attack assist.
Juraj Kucka’s powerful curler tested Nicolas from distance, but Parma took the lead when Hernani was given time and space to push forward, his sudden snapshot from the D taking a deflection off Samir’s ankle to wrong-foot Nicolas.
Samir made up for it, as 120 seconds later he scored the equaliser with a bullet header from a corner to get Udinese back on level terms. That was the first goal the Friulani have scored in Serie A this season.
There were important defensive blocks to prevent Thomas Ouwejan and Jasmin Kurtic turning in pull-backs from the by-line.
Parma missed a sitter after the restart, Gervinho pulling back from the by-line for Hernani to blast wide from 10 yards.
Their errors at the other end were even worse, as the Ducali gifted Udinese the lead. Kurtic’s back-pass was straight at Roberto Pereyra, whose pull-back bounced in off Simone Iacoponi from five yards.
Parma risked crumbling entirely a few times, but rode out a rough patch and got back on level terms when Giuseppe Pezzella whipped a ball in from the left and Karamoh was the only one to really attack it, sneaking up behind defenders to volley in from close range.
Okaka’s attempted overhead kick instead caught teammate Samir in the chin and Udinese introduced Gerard Deulofeu for his debut, while Simon Sohm had an effort charged down for Parma.
Udinese had another trick up their sleeve with returning Ignacio Pussetto after his experience in the Premier League. De Paul started the move, Okaka passed it across and Parma didn’t close Pussetto down, so he spotted the gap and drilled in from the D into the near bottom corner.
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