By Rhonda Richards | In Match Reports - Away Games
Nine-man Fiorentina suffered defeat at the hands of bottom-of-the-table Parma as Andrea Costa’s goal handed the hosts a much-needed three points.
Parma looked far from the bottom-tabled side as they flew out of the blocks and they were rewarded for their energetic start with the opening goal, Costa rising highest to power a header into the corner.
Mattia Cassani’s header flew just over as the home side pressed for a second, whilst for Fiorentina Mario Gomez drew a fine save from Antonio Mirante after 26 minutes.
The visitors continued to find their feet in the match and they were handed a huge chance to level as Gomez was brought down in the box by a mistimed Paolo de Ceglie tackle, but Mirante once again proved to be the Fiorentina man’s nemesis as he saved the spot-kick.
Just after the break Juan Cuadrado spurned an opening, firing wide when he should really have hit the target. Most of the danger was coming through the latter and Gomez as they sought to level proceedings.
Their hopes were given a fatal blow, however, as they were reduced to 10 and then nine men. First Gonzalo Rodriguez was handed his second yellow card, and then six minutes later Stefan Savic also saw red, enabling Parma to play out the final minutes with little concern and secure just their third win of the season.