Serie A Week 16 - 18 Dec 2011 (14.00 UK)
Parma 3 - 3
Floccari pen 18 (P), Di Michele 58, 61(L), Cuadrado 76 (L), Pelle’ 86 (P), Galloppa 94 (P)
Stadio Ennio Tardini

The Stadio Tardini witnessed a spectacular six-goal thriller, as Lecce turned the game around only to fumble a 3-1 lead!

The Ducali went into this relegation dogfight without the injured Sebastian Giovinco. Serse Cosmi lost his Lecce debut, albeit an unlucky 3-2 result to Lazio, so the Coach insisted it was not “a last chance saloon.” He had to do without Edward Ofere, Manuel Giandonato, Djamel Mesbah, Andrea Bertolacci and goalkeeper Benassi, so Julio Sergio took the gloves.

Francesco Modesto’s effort from distance was too central to trouble Julio Sergio, but Jonathan Biabiany created a turning point when he went on a long solo run from midfield until he was nudged in the back by Stefano Ferrario. Sergio Floccari sent Julio Sergio the wrong way to calmly convert the daisy-cutter penalty.

Bad news for Lecce, as Julio Sergio picked up an injury. As Benassi was also out of action, 22-year-old local lad third choice Ugo Gabrieli made his Serie A debut.

Morrone attempted an audacious lob that was not too far off the target, while Floccari’s volley skimmed the woodwork.

Lecce snatched an equaliser with a well-worked move, as Brivio flashed an assist across the face of goal from the left flank for David Di Michele to tap in undisturbed.

Incredibly, the Salentini turned the game around with a sensational Di Michele overhead kick that flew under the bar, giving the goalkeeper no chance. In the space of three minutes, Di Michele had scored twice to silence the Stadio Tardini.

Lecce incredibly made it 3-1 with a classic counter-attack. It started from a Parma corner, but they went on the rapid break and a cross-field pass found Juan Cuadrado for the angled drive at the back stick.

Parma did pull one back after a howler from debutant goalkeeper Gabrieli, who flapped a cross into the path of Morrone, allowing ex-Lecce striker Graziano Pelle’ to fire into an empty net from nine yards.

Moments later, Biabiany’s half-volley was charged down by Ferrario’s arm, but they were very close and he seemed to be protecting his face.

Parma continued to pour forward and deep into stoppages a corner came to the D where Daniele Galloppa unleashed a low rocket that flew past everyone into the bottom corner, leaving Gabrieli rooted to the spot!

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Parma: Mirante; Zaccardo, Paletta, Lucarelli (Jadid 87), Gobbi; Valiani (Pelle’ 64), Galloppa, Morrone, Modesto (Palladino 73); Biabiany, Floccari
: Julio Sergio (Gabrieli 33); Oddo, Carrozzieri, Ferrario, Esposito (Brivio 46); Strasser, Giacomazzi, Olivera; Cuadrado, Muriel (Grossmuller 78), Di Michele
Ref: Gava