SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 34 - 3 May 2021 (19.45 UK)
Torino 1 - 0 Parma
Vojvoda 63 (T)
Stadio Grande Torino

Parma are officially relegated from Serie A, as Mergim Vojvoda’s goal secured a 1-0 win for Torino at the Grande Torino.

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Parma were playing for their Serie A status and started the match with determination and desire to do well.

Davide Nicola’s men seemed comfortable with leaving the possession with Parma in the first minutes and their first chance came through captain Andrea Belotti after 12 minutes, but his attempt went wide.

Then Antonio Sanabria had another good chance, as he was found by Christian Ansaldi in the middle but couldn’t direct it on target.

Parma struggled to get any big chances in the first quarter of an hour but controlled the tempo and possession against a Torino side who didn’t look like they are fighting to stay up.

There are usually many goals when Parma play, but early on there were no signs of end-to-end stuff.

Andreas Cornelius had the biggest chance for Parma after 22 minutes, when he freed himself in the area and finished just over the bar with a strong header.

Torino attacked immediately after and Luigi Sepe did well to punch deal with a dangerous cross, but only managed to punch it to Torino left-back Ansaldi, who took one touch before he smashed it off the bar and over.

Torino gradually took over the play at the Grande Torino but neither side managed to create any huge chances.

Italy international Belotti wanted a penalty when he went down in the area, but Vincent Laurini, who managed to get in front of the striker, also went down in the duel and was awarded the free kick.

It was a constant pressure from the Granata towards the end and Belotti had a great chance to score from a throw-in, but he was under pressure from Juraj Kucka and kicked the air rather than the ball from seven yards.

Sepe came rushing out in the last minute of the first half and Bremer won the header, but it went wide of the empty target.

The first half has not been very exciting, two tense teams who are struggling to break each other down.

The intensity increased early in the second half and with a few early blows and duels, the teams started playing football.

Torino were closest when Sepe managed to stop Belotti’s effort from six yards, but Torino were closest to scoring after 52 minutes.

Laurini then did well to stop Belotti, who attempted to do everything on his own when Torino attacked at left.

The home side’s confidence going forward increased, along with the tempo and following attempts to go forward.

After a sloppy first half the excitement level amplified, but the tables had turned, as Torino were the side who controlled most of the possession, with Parma trying to hit them on the break.

Mergim Vojvoda opened the scoring after 63 minutes and put further pressure on Roberto D’Aversa’s men.

The combinations at left ended with an excellent solo run by Ansaldi, who picked out Vojvoda at the far post and the Kosovo international scored an easy goal, tapping it into an empty net.

Parma tried but struggled to respond and lost possession time after time and Torino countered with Belotti through on goal after 70 minutes.

Baselli found the striker on a run in behind and Belotti hammered it into the back of the net but was immediately flagged offside.

Parma got away with one there and still had a chance to claw their way back into the race, as the replay revealed Belotti was clearly offside.

The striker was inches away from putting the game out of sight for Parma, as his attempt hit the woodwork.

Torino continued to create the bigger chances and in the 81st minute, substitute Simone Zaza asked for the ball in the middle from Vojvoda.

But the full-back went with the selfish option and finished on the volley, looking for for his second of the game.

Parma didn’t have a response and didn’t seem to have the magical equaliser to keep them in the division for now.

The visitors tried to find the last-gasp equaliser, but the attempts were never dangerous enough to test Salvatore Sirigu, who had a quiet evening.

Torino cleared every attempt, despite Parma throwing everyone forward, even with centre-back Gagliolo as a third target man with Graziano Pellè and Cornelius.

Parma couldn’t do enough to keep their hopes alive tonight and thus return to Serie B.

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Torino: Sirigu; Izzo, Nkoulou, Bremer; Vojvoda, Lukic, Rincon (Linetty 82), Baselli, Ansaldi; Sanabria, Belotti (Zaza 82)
Parma: Sepe; Laurini (Busi 75), Bruno Alves, Dierckx (Gagliolo 46), Pezzella; Hernani (Pellè 84), Brugman, Grassi (Brunetta 75); Kucka, Cornelius, Gervinho
Ref: Aureliano