Parma snatched a last-gasp draw with Fiorentina after a game with two saved penalties, both sides rattling the woodwork and Facundo Roncaglia’s debut Serie A goal.
The Viola revamped for this trip to the Stadio Tardini, as Coach Vincenzo Montella was preparing for Tuesday’s big game against arch rivals Juventus. Haris Seferovic and Mati Fernandez were given their first starts of the campaign, while Alberto Aquilani, Mounir El Hamdaoui and Francesco Della Rocca were injured. Parma missed Jonathan Biabiany, Fabiano Santacroce and Cristian Zaccardo, while Amauri was only fit for the bench.
Dorlan Pabon dribbled into the box and was squeezed out by a clean Borja Valero tackle.
Fiorentina had more of the initiative and took the lead after 20 minutes with Facundo Roncaglia’s debut Serie A strike. It was a stunner too, as gathering from over 20 metres out the Argentine smashed a right-foot drive into the far top corner despite Antonio Mirante getting a hand to it.
Parma went very close to an equaliser nine minutes later, as Alessandro Lucarelli confirmed his strength in the air by rising to nod a Pabon corner on to the upright past a stranded Emiliano Viviano.
However, Fiorentina also rattled the woodwork in an exciting first half of football. Roncaglia was involved again, as he got away from his marker to meet a Mati Fernandez free kick and at full stretch volleyed it on to the near post.
Ishak Belfodil trapped a long Jaime Valdes ball to rush into the box, but couldn’t get his timing right to launch the shot. It was a rare chance, as the visitors absolutely dominated possession in the first half.
Straight after the restart, Yohan Benalouane was booked for bringing down Seferovic on the edge of the box, from which Matias Fernandez curled a free kick over wide.
A Jaime Valdes angled drive whistled just past the upright and it was a sign of Parma’s more attacking intent in the second half.
Pabon had his back to goal and was trying to find space just inside the outside edge of the area when Roncaglia bundled into him for a clear penalty. Valdes stepped up, but the relatively weak attempt was blocked at the bottom corner by Viviano in a great save.
Raffaele Palladino came off the bench and within 60 seconds pulled up with a new muscular problem while attempting a back-heel flick. He tried to carry on, but had to limp off for Sotiris Ninis.
Jovetic drilled just wide of the near stick, while Aleandro Rosi was booked for simulation when he appeared to trip over his own feet.
Rosi did better when crossing from the right for Massimo Gobbi’s chest and acrobatic volley just over the bar. Gobbi again failed to get the precise finish when finding space in the Fiorentina box, then Jovetic fired wide from a Luca Toni assist.
Fiorentina were under pressure, but received their own penalty when Toni passed into the middle where Rosi clumsily clipped Mattia Cassani’s heels. He was clear on goal, so it was an inevitable red card too, but once again the spot-kick was parried! Jovetic hit it centrally and Mirante raised his trailing leg to beat it away.
It still wasn’t over and Parma threatened a last-gasp equaliser moments later, as Viviano brilliantly palmed an Amauri header off the line and Roncaglia cleared from the on-rushing Ninis!
In stoppages Toni went to clear a free kick, but used his arm to give away another penalty. Valdes stepped up and this time beat Viviano by sending him the wrong way.
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Saved penalty: Valdes 56 (P), Jovetic 88 (F)
Sent off: Rosi 87 (P)