Parma took to the field for the first time this evening since being officially declared bankrupt, as Roberto Donadoni’s men welcomed Torino to the Tardini.
The Ducali also had problems on the field as well as off it, with first choice goalkeeper Antonio Mirante suspended along with Jose Maur and Massimo Gobbii.
The home side started the game brightly and Antonio Nocerino came close to giving Parma the lead but his fourth minute volley sailed narrowly over the bar. Torino struggled to get going, Parma were on top and could have gone in front had Belfodil or Massimo Coda taken a chance on Silvestre Varela’s dangerous cross.
Parma really should have taken the lead on the 15 minute mark, however Massimo Coda’s lack of confidence showed, the young forward was clean through on goal but he tried to square it to Belfodil only for the Algerian to be smothered by Padelli in the Torino goal.
Two minutes later the visitors went in front, very much against the run of play, as Maxi Lopez got the better on veteran Alessandro Lucarelli, the Argentine kept his composure and slid the ball past Parma’s stand in keeper’ Iacobucci to take the lead.
The games big talking point came ten minutes before half time as Parma captain Alessandro Lucarelli controversially saw red, Lucarelli jumped with Fabio Quagliarella only to be penalised for jumping with his ‘elbow’, Lucarelli was harshly given a yellow card, then the months of frustration and rage came out as the defender lost it with referee Mariani, Lucarelli was swiftly given a straight red for his strong protest, Lucarelli finally left the pitch livid with what had just unfolded.
Five minutes later Parma’s lack of quality in front of goal showed again as Belfodil just had to hit the target and he scored, however he somehow managed to completely miss his kick from 18 yards to send the ball pathetically out for a Torino goal kick.
Parma started the second half the same as the first, very much on top, Torino looked like the team with ten men. Belfodil showed a rare glimpse of what he is capable of as he struck the post on the hour mark, after a great run through the Torino defence.
Torino undeservedly doubled their lead, and wrapped up the three points as Varela was caught sleeping at the back post, Migjen Basha ran past the Portuguese to head home a Christian Molinao cross.
Belfodil again had chances to get Parma back in the game but his finishing was truly awful, It was a spirited performance from the home team but it was I Granata that left the Tardini victorious.