The Boys 1977 packed out the Curva Nord this afternoon in support of the players who have gone since July without seeing a single Euro enter their bank accounts.
It was a cagey first half to the game, understandably so with Parma’s ring rustiness and Atalanta getting used to working under new coach Edy Reja. It was a half of few chances with Christian Rodriguez coming close with a clever back heel, Ishak Belfodil who impressed against Roma had a half chance that Marco Sportiello was equal to. The best Atalanta could come up with was a Richmond Boakye effort that was neither a shot nor a cross.
Parma finally had some good news in the second half as Massimo Coda made his comeback after three months on the side-lines with a knee ligament injury. There was nothing between the sides in the second half with the highlight being a Christian Rodriguez thunderbolt that Sportiello managed to fingertip over the bar to keep the sides level.
Frustration would get the better of Edy Reja and he would be sent to the stand by referee Di Bello. Coda was impressing in his return and was foiled by Sportiello once again. Antonio Mirante had to be on his toes too as he denied D’Alessandro and then Mauricio Pinilla.
The hosts would end the game with 10 men as Christian Rodriguez saw red for his second yellow card as he stopped D’Alessandro in his tracks as the visitors counter attacked.
In the end a point was a fair result, a result that doesn’t really help either team but in Parma’s return to action Mister Donadoni can take a few positives from it with the return of Massimo Coda and also a second clean sheet in a row for the leagues joint worst defence.
Parma: Mirante, Santacroce, Mendes, Lucarelli, Gobbi, Jose Mauri, Mariga, (Coda, 46), Nocerino, (Galloppa, 70), Varela, (Lila, 78), Belfodil, Rodriguez
Atalanta: Sportiello, Bellini, Benalouane, (Cherubin, 50) Massielo, Drame, Migliaccio, Carmona, Cigarini, Boakye, (D'Alessandro, 46), Pinilla, Emanuelson, (Denis, 85)
By Giovanni Dougall