It was a tale of two Sansones – Gianluca was sent off for Torino and Nicola opened the scoring as Parma came away with a 3-1 victory.
This was a relegation head-to-head and Toro had won only two games so far this season. Parma missed Fabiano Santacroce, Daniele Galloppa and the suspended Antonio Mirante, so Nicola Pavarini took over in goal. The Granata had Angelo Ogbonna, Suciu, Verdi, Mario Alberto Santana and Diop.
It was all the home side early on, as Pavarini had his palms stung by a Mattia Darmian strike, then the Riccardo Meggiorini fierce angled drive from outside the box.
Gianluca Sansone really should’ve scored for Torino after 10 minutes, but he sprung the offside trap for a free header over the bar.
Jean-Francois Gillet needed his first save soon after on Amauri’s give-and-go with shot at the near post.
Jonathan Biabiany thought he had created a goal for Parma on 17 minutes when he burst past two defenders down the left flank and ran halfway up the field to altruistically roll across for Amauri – who incredibly ballooned over an open goal!
Parma slowly started to take control and Gabriel Paletta knocked down a corner for Cristian Zaccardo’s well-saved header.
Sansone again got away from Paletta to sting Pavarini’s palms at the near post after the restart. However, Gianluca Sansone received his second yellow card moments later for simulation, having dribbled into the box only to run into Paletta’s leg. It was perhaps rather harsh, as he may have been looking for contact, but it was not specifically a dive either.
It was another Sansone, Parma substitute Nicola, who broke the deadlock by giving the visitors the lead with a left-foot strike across Gillet.
Torino were still trying to recover from that shock when the Ducali got their second with Amauri. Marco Marchionni got down the right and pulled back from the by-line for Amauri’s towering header above Glik.
Parma added a third in the final minutes, as Biabiany again tore the Torino defence apart to pull back for Aleandro Rosi to tap in from five yards.
Basha got a consolation goal for Torino deep into stoppages, but it made little difference.
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Sent off: G Sansone 52 (T)