SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 22 - 11 Feb 2015 (17.00 UK)
Parma 0 - 1 Chievo
Zukanovic 54 (C)
Stadio Ennio Tardini

Chievo got three potentially decisive points and sent 10-man Parma closer to relegation with a 1-0 result at the Tardini.

This Serie A Week 22 game was originally meant to be on February 8, but was snowed off. It represented the first match under new President Giampietro Manenti, Parma’s third owner in four months, and many players had left during the January transfer window as wages were still not paid since July 2014. This was a relegation dogfight against a Chievo side that was also struggling to escape the drop zone after three consecutive defeats.

The Serie A record in this fixture was heavily in Parma’s favour with five wins, five draws and only one Chievo victory in 2002.

Antonio Nocerino had a great chance to score early on, but his volley was well saved by Albano Bizzarri. At the other end, Ezequiel Schelotto horribly ballooned over undisturbed from 12 yards after great work from Perparim Hetemaj.

Parma’s situation precipitated further when Daniele Galloppa received two yellow cards in the space of five minutes for tripping Hetemaj. The midfielder was distraught and tried to argue with the referee, holding on to his arm and begging for a rethink, but the damage had been done.

The tension was palpable with five yellow cards in the first half, all of them going to Parma players. The fans also reacted angrily to the latest change of ownership with a banner that read: ‘Our love goes beyond Divisions. Just take the books to the bankruptcy tribunal and leave.’

Zouhair Feddal made a good impression on his first game, unleashing a screamer from distance that dipped inches over the crossbar.

Parma actually seemed to improve after going down to 10 men and threatened an opener on 49 minutes when Bizzarri fumbled the ball, but Dario Dainelli charged down the Feddal follow-up on the line.

However, Chievo took the lead when Ervin Zukanovic curled a wonderful free kick over the wall and into the near top corner. It was his second Serie A goal and the 500th by Chievo in the top flight.

Sergio Pellissier should’ve made it 2-0, but scuffed his shot at Antonio Mirante on the counter, then the goalkeeper held his ground brilliantly in a one-on-one.

It was difficult to tell Parma were down to 10 men, as Nocerino’s strike was deflected over the bar. Ruben Botta also threatened a second, but hesitated and his finish was charged down from six yards.

Chievo somehow failed to make it 2-0 on 82 minutes, as Riccardo Meggiorini’s angled drive bounced off the upright and Mirante parried Botta’s follow-up from point-blank range.

The hosts had penalty appeals, but there didn’t appear to be much in it on Raffaele Palladino. Instead, Chievo wasted more chances to put this game to bed with Meggiorini and Valter Birsa on the counter.

The Flying Donkeys still got all three points and leapfrogged Cagliari to escape the bottom three.

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Parma: Mirante; Cassani (Jose Mauri 58), Lucarelli, Santacroce, Feddal; Galloppa, Mariga (Belfodil 69), Nocerino; Varela, Palladino, Rodriguez
Chievo: Bizzarri; Frey, Dainelli, Gamberini, Zukanovic; Schelotto, Radovanovic (Birsa 86), Izco, Hetemaj; Paloschi (Botta 46), Pellissier (Meggiorini 71)
Ref: Rocchi

Sent off: Galloppa 30 (P)