Parma completed a comeback to crush Cagliari 4-1 at the Stadio Tardini with Ishak Belfodil getting a brace.
These sides were both battling mid-table and hoping to stay clear of the relegation fight below. Aleandro Rosi, Gabriele Musacci and Antonio Mirante were sidelined for the home team, so Nicola Pavarini took the gloves. Mauricio Pinilla sat out a ban for the Sardinians.
Cagliari had won two of their last three visits to the Stadio Tardini, but Parma opted for a trident attack. The home side dominated early on and poured pressure on their opponents, but went behind on the counter-attack.
Marco Sau sprung the offside trap and was allowed to go clear on goal, intelligently drawing out the ‘keeper for a delicate lob.
It lasted all of one minute before Ishak Belfodil equalised, getting in front of his marker to nod in a cross from the right, sending the cushioned header into the far top corner.
The game was wide open and Lorenzo Ariaudo forced a great reaction save out of Pavarini at the base of the near post with a backheel flick from a corner.
Gabriel Paletta went off with an injury to give Fabiano Santacroce his first Serie A appearance of the campaign.
Parma turned the game around after the restart. Belfodil was responsible for much of it, as his divine lob was fingertipped on to the far post, where Jonathan Biabiany was ready to tap in.
Daniele Conti was booked for an elbow on Nicola Sansone and will be suspended against Juventus, but was fortunate not to receive a straight red.
Parma were awarded a penalty as Michael Agazzi tried to take the ball off Marco Parolo’s foot, catching his ankle instead. Jaime Valdes coolly converted to send the goalkeeper the wrong way and make it 3-1.
Belfodil scored a wonderful second – the fourth for Parma – as he spun round and held off Lorenzo Ariaudo’s shirt-tug to blast into the far bottom corner.
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