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Italian Serie A

Ennio Tardini 22nd September 2012 - Kick off 17:00 Ref: P Valeri

Parma Parma vs Fiorentina Fiorentina

Parma 1

A Rosi (S/O 87)
J Valdes (pen 90)


Fiorentina 1

F Roncaglia (20)

Viola pay the penalty

Last Updated: 23/09/12 12:44pm

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Jovetic fails to score from the spot

Jovetic fails to score from the spot

It was a tale of three penalties as 10-man Parma salvaged a last-gasp 1-1 draw against Fiorentina in Serie A.

Fiorentina's new Argentinian defender Facundo Roncaglia scored his first goal in Italy with a stunning first-half strike before Jaime Valdes missed the chance to level from the penalty spot.

Aleandro Rosi received his marching orders for the home side two minutes from time, only for Stevan Jovetic to miss the resulting penalty.

Parma withstood a heavy onslaught and were rewarded as Valdes redeemed himself deep into stoppage time following substitute Luca Toni's handball.

Matias Fernandez saw his ambitious effort cut out before La Viola made the breakthrough after just 20 minutes.

Having pushed upfield, Roncaglia gathered the ball just outside the area, smashing the ball off Antonio Mirante's palm and into the top corner.

Ex-Roma man David Pizarro then coolly slotted Jovetic through on goal only for the skilful forward to slice wide.

Parma might have equalised in the 29th minute if Alessandro Lucarelli's bullet header had not rattled a post following a fine corner from Dorlan Pabon.

The powerful Ishak Belfodil headed another Pabon corner high and wide and Parma were almost made to pay for their profligacy.

A Fernandez free-kick evaded the Ducali backline and met a lurking Roncaglia, the Argentinian clattering the post at full stretch.

Emiliano Viviano got down to deny Parma debutant Yohan Benalouane as hostilities resumed after the interval.

Pabon soon drew a penalty from Roncaglia but, agonisingly for the hosts, Valdes tamely clipped it against Viviano's glove.

Parma coach Roberto Donadoni raised a few eyebrows when he withdrew strike pair Belfodil and Pabon for Raffaele Palladino and Amauri with 25 minutes remaining.

And Greek winger Sotiris Ninis found himself thrown into the action as Palladino went down injured after just four minutes on the pitch.

The lull in play over, Rosi embarked on a fine run and cross to pick out Massimo Gobbi in space but the ex-Fiorentina man scooped his effort just over the bar.

It fell to Jovetic to wrap up all three points as Rosi brought down Mattia Cassani in the box, earning a red card for his troubles, but the Montenegrin repeated Valdes' trick from the spot.

And Fiorentina paid a heavy price. When veteran striker Toni handled in the penalty area, Valdes made amends for his earlier bungle by rifling home the latest of equalisers.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 20 49
2 Roma 20 42
3 Napoli 20 36
4 Lazio 20 34
5 Sampdoria 20 34
6 Fiorentina 20 31
7 Genoa 20 28
8 Palermo 20 27
9 Udinese 20 27
10 Inter Milan 20 26
11 AC Milan 20 26
12 Sassuolo 20 25
13 Torino 20 25
14 Verona 20 24
15 Atalanta 20 20
16 Cagliari 20 19
17 Empoli 20 19
18 Chievo 20 18
19 Cesena 20 12
20 Parma 20 10