Marco Borriello missed one penalty, but had the courage to convert a contentious second in this hard-fought and controversial draw.
Gigi De Canio was on cloud nine after a shock victory at the Olimpico to end Lazio’s perfect record on Sunday evening. It was the boost they needed after dropping points in previous weeks, though Marco Rossi and Juan Manuel Vargas were still sidelined. Parma fought back for a last-gasp 1-1 draw with Fiorentina. Jonathan Biabiany returned to the bench with Amauri getting his first start of the season, but the suspended Aleandro Rosi joined the injured Fabiano Santacroce and Raffaele Palladino.
Sebastien Frey was playing his 500th game in Italian football and did so against his former club, having played for Parma from 2001 to 2005.
Andrea Bertolacci sent Ciro Immobile clear early on, but the Under-21 international failed to find the target. Moments later Immobile had another chance deflected over the bar by Antonio Mirante as he was being held back by Cristian Zaccardo.
Frey denied Zaccardo’s header from a corner, but Parma did break through with Alessandro Lucarelli. The defender co-ordinated himself perfectly for a splendid left-foot volley as a corner was cleared to the edge of the box.
Dorlan Pabon came off the bench for the injured Ishak Belfodil, who sprained his knee. The Colombian immediately set up a wonderful opportunity with a ball flicked off the outside of his boot for Amauri, who at full stretch forced a difficult save out of Frey.
Before half-time Immobile took advantage of a Lucarelli error to go clear, but went a little too wide and could no longer find the right angle for his finish.
The goalline referee alerted the official to award a penalty for a Daniele Galloppa handling offence. Marco Borriello stepped up and fired his spot-kick on to the upright, then Antonio Mirante managed to smother the follow-up!
The referee awarded another penalty to Genoa in the final minutes, leading to such vitriolic protests that the official was almost shoved by the Parma players. Lucarelli was accused of bringing down Borriello, but there are many doubts over this decision.
Despite his earlier miss, Borriello took the responsibility again and this time rolled it carefully to send the goalkeeper the wrong way.
Missed penalty: Borriello 67 (G)