Parma v Internazionale Live Commentary & Result, 04/03/2021, Serie A |

85′ Lukaku gets a sniff of goal in Parma’s penalty area but his shot is nothing to worry Sepe. Parma are threatening a late push for an equaliser.

85′ Parma make their own change. Pelle, another striker, replaces the hardworking Hernani.

84′ Inter make a like-for-like substitution. Darmian is on for Perisic.

83′ Bastoni succeeds in winning a tussle with Karamoh near Inter’s corner flag. The former Parma loanee earns a free-kick. 

81′ Hernani is the one to take the free-kick and it can only hit the Inter wall. Osorio gets a chance in the box but Inter are quickly out to close his shot down.

80′ Karamoh goes down on the edge of Inter’s box and the referee finds in favour of the former Inter man. Karamoh took a shove in the back from Martinez.

79′ Kurtic earns a free-kick as he turns and is caught by Skriniar. Hernani attempts a cross from deep and it’s blocked.

78′ Hernani sweeps a pass out wide to Kurtic. Parma circulate the ball back to the right and Karamoh’s cross is headed over by Mihaila.

77′ Inter have recovered from the shock of Hernani’s goal and are beginning to play a little more patiently. There’s no need now for them to take any risks.

76′ Martinez gets involved in the play quickly, poking a pass towards goal that Sepe is able to easily claim.

75′ Inter make a substitution. Sanchez will have to settle for just the two goals today. Martinez is his replacement.

74′ Mihaila races upfield and takes a slightly premature shot from the edge of the box, with Inglese perhaps in a better position. Inter manage to block.

73′ Hakimi lofts the ball into the box from the right and Parma can’t entirely clear. It briefly looks like Sanchez might be able to shoot and have a chance of claiming his hat-trick but the hosts eventually manage to shut the door on him.

71′ It didn’t look like Pezzella would be able to create much there but he did a great job of finding Hernani. Are Parma set to force yet another 2-2 draw?

71′ GOAL! PARMA 1-2 INTER! Parma are back in this! It’s a thumping finish from Hernani who was all alone at the far post as Pezzella looped the ball up. Handanovic couldn’t get down quickly enough.

69′ Bastoni tries a throughball for Sanchez who’s offside. Parma go on the attack and Inglese looks to slide a teammate in but Vidal makes a fine interception. 

67′ Inter take the opportunity to make a substitution of their own. Vidal is on for Eriksen who’s been unspectacular.

66′ Valenti’s the last Parma player to leave the pitch. Busi starts his shift of trying to mark Sanchez and Lukaku.

66′ Next to be go off for Parma is Kucka who’s been fairly quiet. The striker Inglese’s on for him.

66′ Parma are making three changes actually. Gagliolo is the first player to make way. Pezzella replaces him at left-back.

65′ Parma are about to make a change. They’ve been overrun since the half-time break.

63′ Sanchez and Lukaku combine again to create a chance, with Sanchez turning provider this time. The Chilean loops the ball up for Lukaku who nods wide of the right-hand post.

62′ Lukaku really has been impressive. He hasn’t got on the scoresheet himself yet but he’s been at the heart of everything good Inter have done.

62′ GOAL! PARMA 0-2 INTER! Sanchez grabs his second goal of the game, again assisted by Lukaku. Parma commit men upfield and get caught out on the counter-attack as Lukaku waits for the Chilean to arrive to his left. Sanchez rolls the ball first-time into the bottom right corner.

59′ Parma have a free-kick as Karamoh takes a tumble. Hernani whips it towards the far post and Osorio heads over. It’s the hosts’ first chance in a while.

57′ Lukaku has scored 58 goals for Inter in all competitions since he joined the club last season. Only Robert Lewandowski and Cristiano Ronaldo have scored more than he has in that time in the top five European leagues. The Belgian’s at the top of his game.

56′ Inter have gone up a gear since half-time. Perisic blazes over from a tight angle to the left of the box. 

54′ Lukaku gets the assist for that, although it was more due to Brugman’s error. Either way, Inter have taken control of this match.

54′ GOAL! PARMA 0-1 INTER! Sanchez grabs an opener for Inter! Lukaku chests the ball down and Brugman’s poor touch accidentally plays in Sanchez. Sanchez bears down on goal and fires a shot straight at Sepe. Sepe gets a hand to it but is unable to prevent it from crossing the line.

54′ Brozovic is penalised for not very much on Mihaila. The Croatian shows his frustration to the referee who is unmoved.

53′ Lukaku drops to the left to hold up the ball and lay off to Perisic. Perisic crosses low but it’s dealt with Parma. Parma are having to defend more now.

52′ Lukaku holds off Valenti and lofts the ball towards Sanchez. Unfortunately for Inter the Belgian is just offside.

51′ Brozovic throws his hands up after being tugged down by Karamoh. Inter get the free-kick.

49′ Bastoni knocks the ball forward for Lukaku who is unable to chest it down. Parma clear up and get a throw-in.

47′ Kucka and de Vrij stay down after a coming together just outside Inter’s box. Thankfully it looks like both will be OK to continue.

46′ After a false start Parma get the second half going. It’s a shame for them to have lost Man who was their biggest threat in the first half.

45′ Parma make a change at half-time. Man is replaced having been unable to shake off the niggle he picked up in the first half. His fellow Romanian Mihaila takes his place up front.

Parma and Inter had five shots a piece in the opening 45 minutes with all but one of them in their opponents’ penalty area. Lukaku and Man have looked especially goal-hungry. It’ll be interesting to see which side can force the opening goal but this game seems likely to stay quite open.

This game may be goalless but it’s not been a bad watch so far. Inter have had a few great chances to take the lead but Parma have given as good as they’ve gotten. This is by no means a given for Conte’s title chasers in the second half.


45′ + 2′ Valenti telegraphs a crossfield pass which Brozovic intercepts. Inter head upfield but are unable to create a chance of note. That’ll be all for now.

45′ + 1′ Kurtic dinks the ball towards the near post. Man instinctively flicks it towards goal with the back of his head but it’s off-target.

45′ There’ll be three added minutes in what has been an entertaining first half.

44′ Lukaku shows quick feet to hold the ball on the edge of the box. Barella crosses in and it’s kept in by Perisic on the left. Perisic curls it towards the far post and Lukaku nods just wide.

43′ Sanchez creates enough space for himself to send a cross in from near the corner flag. The ball’s kept in and returns to Sanchez seconds later. This time Sanchez’s cutback finds Brozovic who swipes at thin air.

42′ Bastoni’s high ball from the left is headed out. Lukaku tries to make the most of a direct ball to him but Parma get rid of that too.

40′ Hakimi’s brought down by Gagliolo down the right. Man leaves the pitch briefly after receiving treatment before trotting back on.

38′ Chance for Inter! Lukaku wriggles free to the right of the box and is closed down by Sepe who makes a smart save. Inter have had a few good chances in the last few minutes.

37′ Barella spots the run of Sanchez and tries to set the Chilean free in the penalty area but the pass is cut out.

36′ Parma have had 58 per cent possession so far. They’re not playing like a team stuck in the relegation zone at the moment.

34′ Man sets off down the left and is shepherded away from goal by Hakimi. Parma get the throw though which they take quickly. There’s a great pace to this game.

32′ Inter get a free-kick down their right which Eriksen will take. The Dane sends it towards the far post and Inter get two shots in the box, Sepe saving the first from Skriniar at close range! Perisic’s follow-up effort is blocked. Karamoh races forward but is unable to get his own shot away. 

30′ Hakimi plays a one-two with Lukaku to burst into the box and fire across goal. Eriksen has an open goal in the six-yard box but can’t get his feet together and Parma survive! Parma’s counter-attack is brought to a halt by Brozovic.

28′ Man knocks the ball wide right to Hernani who flings it into Inter’s box. Kurtic keeps it in play on the opposite side and Hakimi gets in the way of the Slovenian’s cross.

26′ Man’s heavily involved for Parma in this opening half hour. The Romanian beats Eriksen near the touchline but has his run blocked by Bastoni. It’ll be a Parma free-kick.

24′ Man drops deep to control the ball for Parma. Karamoh has plenty of time to find the right cross from the left but it’s blocked. However, Brozovic quickly gives the ball away and Gagliolo gets to try again from the byline. This time Handanovic claims it.

22′ Inter’s corner comes to nothing as two Parma players go down in their own penalty area.

20′ Parma are on top in terms of possession so far. Man goes for a header in the box but it doesn’t pay off. It’s tame and off target. Up the other end, Sanchez forces a corner off Brugman.

18′ Hernani wins possession for Parma but Brugman can’t get a shot away. Lukaku races onto a throughball, jinks left on the edge of the box and fires over. The Inter striker looks in the mood for goals.

16′ Parma have a free-kick as Eriksen tugs over Man. The hosts have started this game very positively.

14′ Chance for Parma! Kurtic ghosts into the box to get his head on the end of Hernani’s whipped cross. Handanovic makes an acrobatic save to keep it out.

13′ Karamoh has a pop at goal from outside the box. It’s too high to threaten Handanovic.

12′ Inter are starting to get settled on the ball. Lukaku receives a pass from Hakimi and looks to turn but finds Kurtic blocking his path.

10′ Perisic tries to make headway down the left but is unable to stop the ball going out for a Parma goal-kick.

9′ Lukaku bursts into the box from the right-hand side but is muscled off the ball. It’s been an open-ended affair in these first few minutes.

7′ Parma take the corner short. Hernani finds the Parma captain Kucka who has a shot blocked from the centre of the box.

5′ Parma force a corner down their right as the ball goes out of play off Brozovic.

3′ Inter start the game on the front foot as Hakimi whips a cross into the box from the right. Sepe is well-placed to cut it out.

The two sides are out on the pitch here in Parma. Parma are in their black and white home kit. Inter are in their famous blue and black colours too.

Inter are unbeaten in their last four league games against Parma, their longest such run against them since 2010. This pair drew 2-2 in the reverse fixture at San Siro back in October. Will they draw both games in a season for the first time since 2004/05, or will Inter show how much they’ve grown since then?

Parma make four changes from their draw away to Spezia last time out. They’ve used 36 players in Serie A this season, the most in the division. There are just two changes to Inter from their 3-0 win over Genoa. Sanchez and Hakimi replace Martinez and Darmian. They’ve used the lowest number of players in the league, just 22.

SUBS: Matteo Darmian, Aleksandar Kolarov, Andrea Ranocchia, Roberto Gagliardini, Arturo Vidal, Lautaro Martinez, Ionut Radu, Ashley Young, Stefano Sensi, Matias Vecino, Danilo D’Ambrosio, Andrea Pinamonti.

INTER (3-5-2): Samir Handanovic (c); Milan Skriniar, Stefan de Vrij, Alessandro Bastoni; Achraf Hakimi, Nicolo Barella, Marcelo Brozovic, Christian Eriksen, Ivan Perisic; Alexis Sanchez, Romelu Lukaku.

SUBS: Bruno Alves, Alberto Grassi, Simon Sohm, Maxime Busi, Roberto Inglese, Simone Colombi, Simone Iacoponi, Valentin Mihaila, Juan Brunetta, Wylan Cyprien, Giuseppe Pezzella, Graziano Pelle.

PARMA (4-3-1-2): Luigi Sepe; Mattia Bani, Jordan Osorio, Lautaro Valenti, Riccardo Gagliolo; Hernani, Gaston Brugman, Jasmin Kurtic; Juraj Kucka (c); Yann Karamoh, Dennis Man.

Inter, meanwhile, have taken control of the Serie A title race, winning their last five games on the bounce and keeping clean sheets in their last three on the road. A win here would send Antonio Conte’s men six points clear at the top of the table. The Nerazzuri currently have 56 points after 24 games. The only three times Inter have previously done that, in 2006-09, they ended up being champions.

Relegation battlers Parma have shown signs of life of late, gaining two consecutive 2-2 draws in Serie A. However, Roberto D’Aversa’s men really need to start picking up wins if they’re to drag themselves out of trouble. Parma have picked up just eight points at home so far this season. The last time they collected fewer at this stage of a campaign was in 2014/15 when they were eventually relegated. No pressure then. 

Hello! Welcome to our live text commentary of this Serie A match between Parma and Inter at Stadio Ennio Tardini, Parma.

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