Parma shock Inter for 1st win back in Serie A; Napoli bounce back
MILAN (AP) Just three years after going bankrupt, Parma upset Inter Milan 1-0 at San Siro in Serie A on Saturday.
And it was a player on loan from Inter, Federico Dimarco, who scored a spectacular long-range goal to hand Parma its first win in the topflight after a fairytale rise through the divisions.
It was also Parma’s first win at Inter since 1999.
For Inter, it was a disappointing way to warm up for its return to the Champions League.
The Nerazzurri host Tottenham on Tuesday in their first match in Europe’s elite club competition in more than six years.
With that game in mind, Inter coach Luciano Spalletti rested Mauro Icardi, Matteo Politano, Kwadwo Asamoah - although all three came on in the second half.
Inter had the better chances for much of the match.
Dimarco was sent on by Parma coach Roberto D’Aversa at the start of the second half and was almost the villain of the match as he appeared to handle the ball when clearing off the line against Ivan Perisic, but the referee waved play on.
The 20-year-old left back proved to be the hero 11 minutes from time with a stunning shot from 30 yards into the top right corner. It was Dimarco’s first Serie A goal and he celebrated wildly against his former team.
Sampdoria visited Frosinone late.
Napoli exorcised some of the ghosts of last season by beating Fiorentina 1-0.
When the two sides last met, Napoli lost 3-0 - a week after beating Juventus in Turin - and effectively handed the title to the Bianconeri.
Napoli also needed to recover from another 3-0 defeat, after losing by that scoreline to Sampdoria before the international break.
Lorenzo Insigne broke the deadlock 11 minutes from time. Arkadiusz Milik sent a deft chip over the defense and Insigne side-footed it across into the bottom left corner.
Fiorentina won its two previous matches.
It was a first clean sheet in four matches for Napoli, which let in every shot on target in its three previous matches.