Serie A Week 5 - 25 Sep 2013 (19.45 UK)
4 - 3 Atalanta
Mesbah 19 (P), Bonaventura 20 (A), Parolo 28, 40 (P), Rosi 35 (P), Denis 44 (A), Livaja 79 (A)
Stadio Ennio Tardini

Parma won a 4-3 thriller against Atalanta with sensational goals despite Amauri’s red card for dissent.

The Ducali were surprisingly struggling badly this season, scraping two points with only two goals scored. Mattia Cassani sat out a ban, with Gabriel Paletta and Daniele Galloppa injured. Atalanta had lost three of the opening four rounds and were still missing Luigi Giorgi and Riccardo Cazzola.

Parma took the lead with a sensational curler from Djamel Mesbah into the top corner from the edge of the box.

However, it lasted all of 60 seconds when German Denis knocked down a ball for Giacomo Bonaventura, who blasted in on the volley from 12 yards.

Parma restored their advantage with a sensational Marco Parolo volley to beat Andrea Consigli at the near post on Antonio Cassano’s assist.

Aleandro Rosi extended the Ducali’s lead with another powerful finish from the edge of the box. Antonio Cassano thought he’d scored when volleying on to the upright, but the rebound fell to Parolo who added his second of the game instead.

It was an explosive first half and Atalanta made it 4-2. Bonaventura surged forward on the counter and threaded through for a delightful Denis chip. This was the first goal scored by one of Atalanta’s strikers this season.

Parma went down to 10 men after the restart when Amauri said something to the referee and was shown a straight red card.

Maxi Moralez had the opportunity to put Atalanta back in the game, but incredibly fired wide from point-blank range. They did eventually pull one back with a smart Marko Livaja glancing header into the far bottom corner.

The Ducali clung on for all three points and even threatened to score another goal with Sansone denied by Andrea Consigli one-on-one.

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: Mirante; Benalouane, Mendes (Felipe 80), Lucarelli; Rosi, Gargano, Marchionni, Parolo, Mesbah (Gobbi 84); Amauri, Cassano (Sansone 62)
Atalanta: Consigli; Stendardo,Yepes, Canini (Marilungo 46); Raimondi (Livaja 68), Brienza (Maxi Moralez 61), Cigarini, Carmona, Del Grosso; Bonaventura, Denis
Ref: Gervasoni

Sent off: Amauri 52 (P)