SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 24 - 8 Apr 2015 (17.30 UK)
Parma 1 - 0 Udinese
Varela 70 (P)
Stadio Ennio Tardini

Silvestre Varela’s first Serie A goal gave Parma a morale-boosting victory over Udinese, their first since January 6.

This Week 24 tie was postponed from February 22 because the Ducali didn’t have enough money to pay for stewards or security at the Stadio Tardini. The club was placed under administration in March and loaned €5m by the other Serie A sides to let them see out the season.

Despite their dire circumstances, Parma were fresh from holding Inter and Atalanta to stalemates. Alessandro Lucarelli continued his three-match ban with Andi Lila, McDonald Mariga and Galloppa injured.

Orestis Karnezis needed a fantastic one-handed save at the back stick to deny Massimo Coda one-on-one. Antonio Nocerino then fired over the bar from a promising position, as the hosts got off to a strong start.

Udinese also went extremely close to an opener after 29 minutes. Antonio Mirante fumbled a cross and Igor Bubnjic’s lob thumped the upright of an open goal.

Coda nodded just over the bar and Karnezis smothered a fierce Silvestre Varela strike from the edge of the box.

Udinese boss Andrea Stramaccioni was not satisfied and made two changes at half-time, while Parma lost Andrea Costa to injury.

Francesco Lodi curled a wonderful free kick that was met by an equally impressive Karnezis save, but Varela was booked for a truly pathetic attempt at a dive and Pedro Mendes was decisive in closing down what would’ve been an Antonio Di Natale tap-in.

Guilherme horribly volleyed over the bar from an inspired Bruno Fernandes assist off the outside of the boot.

Parma eventually broke the deadlock with Silvestre Varela’s debut Serie A goal. The January arrival from West Bromwich Albion tried to place a cross on the head of Ishak Belfodil, but it whipped past everyone to surprise Karnezis.

Belfodil almost made it 2-0 soon after, but his volley was too weak to beat Karnezis at the back post.

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Parma: Mirante; Cassani, Santacroce, Feddal, Costa (Pedro Mendes 49); Jose Mauri (Gobbi 75), Lodi, Nocerino; Varela, Ghezzal; Coda (Belfodil 66)
Udinese: Karnezis; Wague, Danilo, Bubnjic (Allan 46); Widmer, Guilherme, Badu, Paquale; Bruno Fernandes (Geijo 77), Aguirre (Thereau 46); Di Natale
Ref: Cervellera