Parma vs. Pescara, Final Score 3-0: Amauri adds insult to Delfini injury

Marco Luzzani

Amauri -- yes, Amauri -- scored an overhead kick as Parma sealed a routine 3-0 win over Pescara, sending the delfini to rock bottom in the table.

It is Pescara's sixth straight defeat, extending their winless run to 11 games. Six points adrift at the bottom, surviving relegation now seems nigh-on impossible. As for Parma, they move up to tenth place with their second consecutive victory at home.

After a slow start it didn't take long for Parma to seize control, and Amauri almost opened the scoring just after ten minutes in. The striker headed a corner powerfully towards goal, only for Pescara's goalkeeper Ivan Pelizzoli to just about keep it out.

Pelizzoli was a busy man, called into action again minutes later when Nicola Sansone received a through ball from his fellow pint-sized teammate Sotiris Ninis, firing towards goal. But, the angle was closed down well, and Pelizzoli got down to deny the winger.

Just inside the 20 minute mark, Parma finally had the lead they had deserved. Cesena loanee defender Yohan Benalouane took advantage of some woeful corner marking to head into the net. Pescara didn't have their first effort for another ten minutes, though Gianluca Caprari fired over.

Half-time came and went with Parma looking very comfortable, and their lead was doubled soon after the restart when Gabriel Paletta capitalised on more woefully incompetent defending to stab in a loose ball from a corner.

Pescara did create chances of their own, and Elvis Abbruscato should have pulled one back when he nodded wide from point-blank range after the hour mark, though their poor finishing was punished. Seconds later Amauri netted one of the goals of the season after he chested a long ball down with his back to goal, before looping an overhead kick over Pelizzoli and into the back of the net.

Roberto Donadoni took the opportunity to use the rest of the match as a crowd-pleasing parade for two of Parma's future stars. 16-year-old Alberto Cerri was brought on before 21-year-old Filippo Boniperti was also handed his crociati debut. That, as much as the scoreline, is indicative of how comfortable Parma were in the end.

Parma: Antonio Mirante; Massimo Gobbi, Alessandro Lucarelli, Gabriel Paletta, Yohan Benalouane ( Fabiano Santacroce 68); Sotiris Ninis, Marco Marchionni, Marco Parolo; Nicola Sansone, Amauri (Alberto Cerri 76), Jonathan Biabiany (Filippo Boniperti 83)

Pescara: Ivan Pelizzoli; Antonio Bocchetti, Nicolás Bianchi Arce, Per Krøldrup, Luciano Zauri; Birkir Bjarnason (Mervan Çelik 57), Gaetano D'Agostino, Emmanuel Cascione; Giuseppe Sculli, Elvis Abbruscato (Ferdinando Sforzini 64), Gianluca Caprari (Federico Di Francesco 86)

Goals: Benalouane 18 (Par) Paletta 52 (Par) Amauri 65 (Par)

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