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  • 17 April 2011
  • • 00:15
  • • Stadio Ennio Tardini, Parma
  • Referee: G. Rocchi
  • • Attendance: 15000
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Parma 2-0 Inter: Giovinco & Amauri Goals Leave Visitors' Title Hopes Hanging By A Thread

Parma 2-0 Inter: Giovinco & Amauri Goals Leave Visitors' Title Hopes Hanging By A Thread

It proved to be a week to forget for Nerazzurri supporters, after a goal in each half for the hosts confines Leonardo's men to a fourth defeat in five matches

Inter's bad week ended in the same vein, after goals from ex-Juventus duo Sebastian Giovinco and Amauri confined Leonardo to a 2-0 defeat, with the pressure continuing to pile on the Brazilian tactician.

The match started in favour of the hosts, with Sebastian Giovinco and Antonio Candreva being popular outlet for attacks. The same couldn’t be said however, for Leonardo’s men, still visibly bruised from the outset after their Champions League exploits against Schalke mid-week.

Blerim Dzemaili was expertly teed up by Stefano Morrone, but his volley went over the bar to signal the first chance of the match for Parma. Soon after, Inter almost took the lead through a magnificent free kick by set-piece specialist Dejan Stankovic, who unleashed a piledriver at goal and rattled the crossbar with Antonio Mirante well-beaten.

Stankovic continued his recent renaissance whilst also being Inter’s most likely source of inspiration with yet another fantastic attempt at goal. This time, he stung Mirante’s hands again with a powerful drive from around 20 yards out.

However, it was Franco Colomba’s men who deservedly broke the deadlock first on 35 minutes through the atomic ant himself, Sebastian Giovinco, who received Francesco Modesto’s finely whipped-in cross and hit a low crisp drive from a lay-off into the Nerazzurri net for 1-0 and his sixth goal of the campaign. Andrea Ranocchia appeared to have lost the ex-Juventus forward and ought to have handled the situation far better.

Wesley Sneijder was once again brought on by Leonardo in their second consecutive Serie A match to try and provide his side with a creative spark. Andrea Ranocchia had the first major chance of the second half on 59 minutes after a dangerous ball had fizzed into the middle, and the former Bari man was somehow dispossessed by Mirante at the last minute, who punched the ball away from his high leg.

Stefano Morrone should have done a lot better with his volleyed effort on 65 minutes, after the ball fell to him in the Inter penalty area, but his left-footed strike scuffed wide of the near post.

Amauri almost produced a moment of brilliance just 10 minutes later after being found with a delicate pass in bundles of space, with two Inter defenders facing him, and his superb curling effort on the edge of the box hit the crossbar.

Giovinco created another great opening into the Inter box on 75 minutes, which also coincided with a worthy penalty shout. Lucio lunged into the ex-Empoli man to dispossess him, but replays showed there may have been contact. Despite the contentious nature, the Parma appeals were subsequently waved off, with just a corner being awarded.

Parma continued to pile the pressure with chances for the likes of Francesco Valiani and Valeri Bojinov, but it was Amauri who capped off a fine striker's performance with a neat finish to make it 2-0, after being picked out beautifully by the subsitute Bojinov in the box.

Inter were close to coming back after Mirante had to pull off saves from Samuel Eto'o and Diego Milito, but the result now leaves the visitors with a mountain to climb if they are to retain their Scudetto trophy, after Milans emphatic 3-0 victory against Sampdoria.

 

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