Parma’s tailspin continued today with another loss; this time at the hands of Inter. Parma were the dominant side for the early portion of the game, and in the 9th minute Inter needed a great save by Samir Handanovic on Antonio Cassano’s header. Just a few minutes later it was Cassano again finding space in the box but his shot missed wide.
Inter were finally able to start creating chances of their own in the 27th minute when Mauro Icardi’s header went wide on a Hernanes corner. Two minutes later Rodrigo Palacio’s right footed drive was parried over the net by Parma goalkeeper Antonio Mirante. Mirante was called into action just a few minutes later when Esteban Cambiasso’s left footed volley from outside the box was saved by the Parma goalie.
The closing minutes of the first half were action packed. Marco Parolo earned a penalty from a clumsy tackle by Walter Samuel. Cassano stepped up to the spot but hit the left post. Parolo was there for the rebound but missed wide. A minute later Cambiasso nearly scored as his shot hit the post and bounced off Mirante and nearly ended up in the back of the net. Then just before half Icardi was clear on goal however his chip was struck too hard and sailed over the net.
The second half started off with a bang. Gabriel Paletta earned his second yellow in the first minute from a late tackle on Palacio. That ensuing set piece was taken by Hernanes and his strike was placed squarely on Rolando’s head to give the away side the first goal of the game.
Despite Parma being down a man they nearly scored in the 55th minute when Alessandro Lucarelli’s header hit the crossbar. Inter’s Hugo Campagnaro was fortunate to avoid conceding a penalty when he made contact with Marco Marchionni in the box.
Inter sealed the game for good in the 89th minute when Fredy Guarin scored a brilliant goal from outside the box into the left corner of the net. Guarin had just come on the minute before that replacing the man of the match Hernanes.
Following the game Parma manager Roberto Donadoni stated that: “I am proud of my boys, today there wasn’t a visible difference on the field with Inter, a team built with champions. Today we did not deserve to lose the game.”
Inter manager Walter Mazzarri was quick to point out that his team could have done better today. He told Sky Sport “In general we have played better other times but without winning. We don’t handle having the lead well but on the field we have youngsters that need to grow.”
With today’s victory Inter moves 5 points clear of Parma and Milan for 5th place and a Euorpa League spot. Inter are now unbeaten in their last 5 game games, with their last loss coming at the hands of Atalanta on March 23rd. Parma have earned only 5 points in their last 7 games.