SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 30 - 30 Mar 2013 (14.00 UK)
Parma 3 - 0
Benalouane 18 (Pa), Paletta 52 (Pa), Amauri 65 (Pa)
Stadio Ennio Tardini

An absolutely sensational Amauri overhead kick was the jewel of this Parma victory, as Pescara are on their own at the foot of the table.

The Ducali have to do without the suspended Jaime Valdes, plus injured MacDonald Mariga, Djamel Mesbah, Fabiano Santacroce, Andrea Coda and Raffaele Palladino. Pescara are bottom of the table and practically relegated, coming to the Tardini without Vladimir Weiss, Marco Capuano, Antonio Balzano, Uros Cosic, Ante Vukusic and Giuseppe Rizzo.

When these sides met in November, Pescara emerged with a shock 2-0 victory, but the Delfini had amassed only one point and four goals from their last 10 games.

Ivan Pelizzoli needed a desperate reaction save with his legs on Amauri’s header from a corner under the driving rain.

Pelizzoli was under siege and again got down to palm an Amauri angled drive round the far post.

It paid off, as on 18 minutes Yohan Benalouane was allowed a totally free header from six yards to nod in a corner.

Jonathan Biabiany nodded wide and at the dawn of the second half Parma doubled their lead from another corner. This time Gabriel Paletta was allowed too much space from 12 yards to smash home.

Elvis Abbruscato skimmed the upright from a corner and Amauri’s header from another set piece whistled wide, but the Brazilian-Italian scored an absolutely sensational goal to make it 3-0.

Amauri chested down Marco Marchionni’s assist and held off a defender to perform a spectacular overhead kick that flew under the bar, leaving Pelizzoli stunned.

Pescara went close to pulling one back, but Sforzini couldn’t quite get on the end of the Gaetano D’Agostino free kick.

Pescara gave the Serie A debut to Federico Di Francesco – the son of Sassuolo Coach Eusebio Di Francesco – and Parma introduced the grandson of Giampiero Boniperti, Filippo, plus 16-year-old Alberto Cerri


Parma: Mirante; Benalouane (Santacroce 68), Paletta, Lucarelli, Gobbi; Parolo, Marchionni, Ninis; Biabiany (Boniperti 83), Amauri (Cerri 76), Sansone
: Pelizzoli; Zauri, Kroldrup, Bianchi Arce, Bocchetti; Cascione, D’Agostino, Bjarnason (Celik 57); Caprari (Di Francesco 86), Abbruscato (Sforzini 64), Sculli
Ref: Di Bello