SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 18 - 11 Jan 2015 (14.00 UK)
Verona 3 - 1 Parma
Sala 39 (V), Lodi 64 (P), Toni 72 (V), Valoti 91 (V)
Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi

A marvellous Luca Toni volley was the highlight as Verona fought hard to get the better of Parma 3-1.

These sides were duelling for European qualification last season, but started 2015 in the danger zone. The Ducali were still propping up the table despite a 1-0 win over Fiorentina, while Hellas were sixth from bottom with one win from 12 rounds.

Emil Hallfredsson and Campanharo were suspended for the hosts with Artur Ionita, Juanito Gomez Taleb, Bosko Jankovic and Mounir Obbadi injured. Parma missed Jonathan Biabiany, Ishak Belfodil, Afriyie Acquah, Abdel Ghezzal, Massimo Coda and Cristobal Jorquera.

Antonio Mirante was called into action by Luca Toni, who flicked the ball over Gabriel Paletta’s foot and smashed his shot towards the near post.

Mirante was again decisive to deny Javier Saviola his debut Serie A goal on the counter with a smart shot on the volley.

Hellas did get their deserved goal eventually, as Saviola set up a Jacopo Sala right-foot scorcher from a good 20 metres out that Mirante just couldn’t reach.

Antonio Cassano prodded straight at Francesco Benussi and the increased pressure in the second half saw Parma equalise thanks to a trademark Francesco Lodi free kick that split the wall.

Luca Toni restored Verona’s advantage with a fantastic goal, almost with his back to the net he spun round mid-air to volley with the outside of his boot on Mattia Valoti’s cross from the left.

Parma thought they had drawn level again on 80 minutes, but Rodriguez was in the right place for a goalline clearance on Raffaele Palladino.

In stoppages Valoti put the result under lock and key when running on to a Nico Lopez slide-rule pass and waltzing round the goalkeeper.

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Verona: Benussi; Marques, Marquez, Rodriguez; Martic (Sorensen 83), Sala (Valoti 67), Tachtsidis, Greco, Brivio; Saviola (Nico Lopez 74), Toni
Parma: Mirante; Costa, Palletta, Lucarelli; Cassani (Rispoli 57), Jose Mauri, Lodi, Gobbi, De Ceglie (Bidaoui 75); Palladino (Pozzi 81), Cassano
Ref: Gavillucci