Parma have set a new club record of six consecutive Serie A wins and stay in the hunt for Europe thanks to Sebastian Giovinco’s magnificent strike in Siena.
There was a real party atmosphere at the Stadio Franchi, as Robur had secured their safety and the Ducali were potentially in the running for a Europa League spot. Jaime Valdes and Fabiano Santacroce sat out bans for the visitors with the injured MacDonald Mariga and Antonio Mirante. Siena missed Luigi Giorgi, Pablo Gonzalez, Emanuele Pesoli, Angelo and Emanuele Calaio.
Referee Silvio Baratta received his Serie A debut and it was his first game since officiating the ill-fated Pescara-Livorno in Serie B, the match halted for the death of Piermario Morosini.
Cristiano Del Grosso risked an own goal when slicing a Sebastian Giovinco free kick just over his own bar, then from that corner Sergio Floccari’s free header whistled wide.
Gabriel Paletta almost gave away a penalty when Franco Brienza’s cross struck him on the arm, but it was from close range and the defender did not move towards the ball. Alessandro Lucarelli did well to close down Mattia Destro in a one-on-one, while Floccari again steered a corner off target.
Daniele Galloppa flashed a dangerous ball across the face of goal, but no Parma teammates were ready to tap in. Destro chased down a pass into the box and was shepherded wide by Nicola Pavarini without risking contact.
Siena gave away a free kick outside the box in first half stoppages and Giovinco curled it just over the bar at the near top corner.
After the break Destro’s first touch was a little too heavy from Andrea Sestu’s assist and allowed Pavarini to smother. Grossi was marginally offside when testing the goalkeeper and Destro also fell foul of the flag – possibly incorrectly – when clear on goal.
Floccari spun round and his shot was deflected just wide off Roberto Vitiello, then wasted another counter-attack by hesitating at the decisive moment. Destro went close on 56 minutes, as he ran on to a through ball and saw his angled drive crucially blocked off by defensive bodies.
Giovinco sprinted into the box and fell under a Claudio Terzi sliding tackle that got the ball cleanly.
The Atomic Ant was fired up by that incident and scored a magnificent goal moments later! He controlled an awkward bounce from 25 metres out and smashed a simply unstoppable half-volley with his right foot that dipped mercilessly past Pegolo into the far top corner. It was one of the goals of the season.
Jonathan Biabiany also went for a spectacular shot on the volley from a tighter angle that flew over the bar. Erjon Bogdani came off the bench and just failed to get on the end of a Gaetano D’Agostino free kick from six yards.
Substitute Danilo Pereira got his face in the way of a fierce strike by Daniele Mannini and Destro pulled back just beyond Bogdani. There was a free header from Bogdani on a free kick, but he didn’t stoop low enough and only scuffed it.
D’Agostino curled a great assist into the six-yard box, but Bogdani and Destro were too hesitant to get on the end of it.
The game really was over in stoppages when Matteo Contini's poor header back to his goalkeeper was intercepted by Floccari, who waltzed it into an empty net.
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