SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 38 - 19 May 2013 (19.45 UK)
1 - 3 Parma
Gobbi 38 (Par), Valdes 41 (Par), Belfodil 45 (Par), Miccoli 70 (Pal)
Stadio Renzo Barbera

Palermo went out of Serie A with a whimper, beaten 3-1 on home turf by Parma.

This was a sad final game for the Sicilians, who said goodbye to Serie A after nine years and most likely also farewell to Fabrizio Miccoli and Josip Ilicic. Jasmin Kurtic and Santiago Garcia sat out bans, while Stefano Sorrentino was out with a shoulder injury. Parma were eager to secure 10th place, but Marco Marchionni was suspended and Fabiano Santacroce sidelined.

There were few people at the Stadio Barbera, but an enormous banner dedicated to captain Miccoli, who is expected to leave this summer.

It was Miccoli who almost scored after three minutes with an angled drive on the volley that Antonio Mirante palmed round the far post.

Palermo somehow failed to score in a triple opportunity, as Abel Hernandez hit the upright, Mauro Formica got on the end of the rebound to force a desperate goalline clearance from Mirante, then another follow-up was off target.

It was all Palermo and Mirante again kept out Nicola Viola after he combined with Miccoli. The Ducali finally came out of their shells on 37 minutes when Sanseverino needed a goalline clearance to deny Ishak Belfodil.

However, Parma took the lead with an absolutely sensational goal from Massimo Gobbi. The free kick was crossed to the edge of the box, where Gobbi hit a fantastic volley under the bar. There really was no stopping that one.

It was 2-0 on the counter-attack, as Jaime Valdes cut back twice to commit defenders before curling a wonderful finish into the far top corner.

Parma lost their goalkeeper to an injury, but the Sicilians fell apart and Belfodil added a third on the counter, set up by Amauri to sprint past the centre-backs.

Miccoli’s free kick shaved a coat of paint off the crossbar and it was a warning, as the captain curled one of his trademark free kicks into the top corner.


: Benussi; Munoz, Von Bergen, Donati, Aronica (Faurlin 53); Morganella, Viola (Mantovani 63), Formica (Dybala 55), Sanseverino; Miccoli, Hernandez
Parma: Mirante (Bajza 43); Coda, Paletta, Lucarelli; Rosi, Parolo, Valdes, Ampuero (Galloppa 77), Gobbi; Belfodil, Amauri (Sansone 83)
Ref: Roca