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Coppa Italia

  • January 25, 2011
  • • 20:00
  • • Stadio Renzo Barbera, Palermo
  • Referee: C. Brighi
  • • Attendance: 15335

Palermo won 5 - 4 on penalties

Palermo 0-0 Parma (AET, 5-4 Pens.): Rosanero Squeeze Through To Last-Four Of Coppa Italia

Palermo 0-0 Parma (AET, 5-4 Pens.): Rosanero Squeeze Through To Last-Four Of Coppa Italia

Palermo are off to the semi-finals...

Palermo are through to the last-four of the Coppa Italia thanks to a 5-4 penalty shootout victory over Parma.

Javier Pastore had a magnificent opportunity early on as a teasing ball from the right found the Argentine in the penalty area but he steered his diving header well wide.

Federico Balzaretti was involved in some clever interplay with Pastore and he too was causing Parma problems down the left-hand side with his pace and technique.

The visitors began to settle into a rhythm and started to dictate proceedings themselves. Fernando Marques was a constant thorn in the Sicilian outfit's side as his flair gave Parma impetus down the right. He played in a magnificent through ball on 16 minutes towards Raffaele Palladino who timed his run brilliantly but his subsequent effort swerved harmlessly wide away from Salvatore Sirigu’s near post.

Minutes later Palermo carved out the move of the match as Balzaretti played a cross field pass towards Pastore who brought the ball down before feeding in Josip Ilicic inside the penalty area whose fierce driving effort was spectacularly saved by Nicola Pavarini.

Fabrizio Miccoli followed that up with an audacious effort on the edge of the eighteen-yard box as he teed up himself up on the volley after flicking the ball up with his right foot.

The visitors carved out the best chance of the game on the stroke of half-time as Valeri Bojinov played in his strike partner Palladino with a clever through-ball but as the Italian looked to slot the ball home he seemingly lost his footing at the pivotal moment and steered the ball well wide.

The second-half was anything but cagey as both teams pressed for that elusive goal creating an end-to-end feel to the game.

Miccoli’s delivery from the left via an indirect set-piece in the 52nd minute was met by the head of Giulio Migliaccio who eluded his marker but his headed effort looped onto the roof of the net when it looked as if it set to drop into a flat-footed Pavarini’s goal.

Both sides created chances before the hour with Bojinov going close as well as Ilicic who did brilliantly to weave his way through a crowd of bodies but lacked composure with his finish which drifted the wrong side of the post.

Pastore used his initiative on 73 minutes to break on the Parma defence as he oozed forward bamboozling his opposition with a terrific piece of skill but fired straight down the throat of the goalkeeper who did well to parry his effort away to his left.

Both sides pressed in the final ten minutes with Pastore showing great endeavour to conjure up a chance by himself as he beat three yellow shirts before firing wide as Massimo Paci witnessed his volley goalwards cleared of the line.

With no winner in the ninety minutes the game went into extra-time and Cesare Bovo stung the palms of Pavarini via a direct free-kick from 25-yards out and Pastore rattled the post with two minutes remaining after gathering the ball under his spell in the box.

The game was settled on penalties with Palermo winning the dual. Hernan Crespo was the first to take his kick but his effort was easily gathered. Palermo themselves missed their first penalty as Cassani’s drive was parried by Pavarinin to his right.

Palladino’s converted spot-kick was the first goal of the night and others followed suit with exception of Francesco Valiani whose skied effort in sudden death opened the door for Daniel Martinez to send Palermo through.

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