SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 12 - 16 Dec 2020 (19.45 UK)
Parma 0 - 0 Cagliari
Stadio Ennio Tardini

Parma and Cagliari shared the spoils at the Stadio Tardini, although the hosts will rue their wasted opportunities.

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The Ducali were moments away from becoming the first Serie A side to beat Milan this season, but were held 2-2 in stoppages on Sunday. Juraj Kucka returned from injury for the hosts, though Vincent Laurini and Alberto Grassi were still out of action. The Sardinians missed Alessandro Tripaldelli, Diego Godin and Adam Ounas, but Nahitan Nandez made his first start since recovering from COVID.

It was an aggressive start from both sides, Juraj Kucka’s header and a Nandez strike forcing saves, but when Osorio had the ball in the net, the offside flag had already gone up.

Parma were very unlucky to lose not one, but two players to injury in the opening 30 minutes. They also should’ve gone in front after 35 minutes, but Kurtic somehow blasted wide from 12 yards when set up by a Gervinho counter-attack.

Giovanni Simeone came on for the second half and tested Luigi Sepe following a Bruno Alves error, while Riccardo Sottil’s effort was smothered.

Roberto Inglese failed to make the most of another smart Gervinho pull-back, having burst past much younger Gabriele Zappa.

Alessio Cragno got his gloves to another Inglese effort, again created by Gervinho on the counter.

Juan Brunetta came off the bench, but wasted a big Parma opportunity from close range in the closing minutes.

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Parma: Sepe; Iacoponi, Bruno Alves, Osorio, Pezzella (Gagliolo 28); Scozzarella (Sohm 19), Kucka, Kurtic; Gervinho (Hernani 72), Inglese (Cornelius 72), Karamoh (Brunetta 73)
Cagliari: Cragno; Zappa, Walukiewicz (Ceppitelli 71), Klavan, Lykogiannis (Carboni 84); Oliva (Marin 77), Rog; Nandez, Joao Pedro, Sottil (Tramoni 84); Cerri (Simeone 46)
Ref: Pezzuto