SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 14 - 26 Nov 2012 (20.00 UK)
Parma 1 - 0 Inter
Sansone 75 (P)
Stadio Ennio Tardini

A wonderful second half strike from Nicola Sansone gave Parma a 1-0 home victory over Inter.

Ricardo Alvarez was given his first start of the season at Stadio Ennio Tardini as the Nerazzurri looked to keep up the pressure on League leaders Juventus.

It was the home team though, who started the brighter of the two – within the opening few moments, Jonathan Biabiany cross was deflected towards goal by Walter Samuel, but Samir Handanovic was there to acrobatically tip the ball away.

Slowly though, the San Siro started to get back in the game and dominated possession with their South American triumvirate. It was the Colombian of that trio – Fredy Guarin – who almost opened the scoring for the Milanese giants, as he rifled a long-range free kick just wide of the post.

Roberto Donadoni's men weren't going down quietly however, and continued to cause problems down both flanks. Sansone was pacey down the left, but it was Biabiany who teed up Amauri late in the half, only for Handanovic, again, to make a vital stop.

After the break, the Gialloblu continued where they had left off with Biabiany really tormenting Juan Jesus. The French winger tricked his way past the Brazilian and almost crossed for Sansone – Andrea Stramaccioni’s side though, remained tight.

Guarin powered a rasping shot straight down the throat of Antonio Mirante, but apart from that, the visiting team offered very little in front of goal.

And they were made to pay for their lack of forward intent with 15 minutes remaining. Sansone collected the ball on the halfway line, skipped past two challenges, before rifling a low drive past Handanovic on the edge of the area.

A late effort from Philippe Coutinho forced Mirante into a good save, but the Crociati held out for a deserved win.


Parma: Mirante; Rosi (Benalouane 74), Zaccardo, Paletta, Gobbi; Acquah, Valdes, Marchionni; Biabiany, Amauri, Sansone (Belfodil 78)
Inter: Handanovic; Ranocchia, Samuel, Juan Jesus (Duncan 86); Zanetti, Guarin, Cambiasso (Livaja 89), Nagatomo; Alvarez (Coutinho 73); Palacio, Milito