Novara fought back from an own goal to secure a surprise win over Parma with Raffaele Rubino’s historic goal.
Attilio Tesser’s men had only one victory all season and slipped into the relegation zone. Riccardo Meggiorini started his three-match ban, joining the injured Massimo Paci, Taka Morimoto, Samir Ujkani and Lisuzzo. Parma were fresh from defeating leaders Udinese, but missed Sergio Floccari, Francesco Modesto, Massimo Gobbi and Jaime Valdes.
Alejandro Gomez ran on to a Mariano Izco through ball to hit the side-netting, while at the other end Stefano Morrone blasted off target from a smart Daniele Galloppa pull-back.
Graziano Pelle went incredibly close as he chested down in the box and spun round for his left-foot strike, but the goalkeeper came flying off the line and got just enough on it to turn the ball inches past the far post.
Pelle was denied again from a Sebastian Giovinco through ball, as Mario Alberto Fontana got down to palm the daisy-cutter round the post. Giovinco tried to curl in directly from the corner flag, again testing the shot-stopper.
Novara shot themselves in the foot, as Matteo Centurioni was at full stretch to intercept Jonathan Biabiany’s cross for Pelle, but accidentally prodded it past his own goalkeeper.
To make matters worse, the home side lost Paulo Hernan Dellafiore and Alex Pinardi to injury. Raffaele Rubino’s header was well over and Andrea Mazzarani stung Antonio Mirante’s palms.
Mirante needed a spectacular save in first half stoppages, as first he parried Rubino’s diving header with his knees, then Paletta acrobatically cleared Mazzarani’s follow-up off the line from four yards.
Straight after the restart Fontana flew to palm away a Francesco Valiani dipping strike from distance. Valiani was valuable at the other end, flinging himself bravely in the way of Jeda’s volley.
Novara did find their equaliser with Rubino’s looping header into the far top corner. It was an historic goal, as he becomes the first man to score for a single club in four different Divisions. It was clear what this meant to him, as the striker was in tears while holding up his shirt with ‘Record’ written on it.
It gave the home team a huge boost and Novara turned the game around completely. Mazzarani crossed from the right and Marco Rigoni rose above the crowd for a powerful header.
Parma nearly got it back on level terms moments later, but Giovinco’s smart low free kick went under the defensive wall as it jumped and cracked against the base of the near post.
Giuseppe Gemiti was sent off for an absolutely shocking karate kick on Biabiany and could have no complaints about that decision.
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Sent off: Gemiti 87 (N)