Palermo salvaged a 2-2 draw against Carpi in their Serie A clash at the Stadio Renza Barbera on Sunday afternoon.
Oscar Hiljemark opened the scoring early for the Rosanero but they were soon pegged back by Roberto Vitiello’s own goal. Marco Borriello’s first goal for the club seemed set to hand them the victory however Uros Djurdjevic headed home at the death to restore parity.
The hosts began brightly and took the lead with their first effort on goal. Robin Quaison scampered down the left flank and his cross was deflected into the path of Hiljemark who bundled home his first Rosanero goal from close range.
Carpi should have equalised after fifteen minutes, however Matteo Fedele could only fire his effort high and wide after having been played in by Ryder Matos’ low cross.
The Biancorossi didn’t have long to wait before drawing level. Jerry Mbakogu breezed past Giancarlo Gonzalez before firing in a low cross that the unfortunate Vitiello turned into his own net.
Both sides were finding success down the flanks, Quaison once again charged into the box before his low effort was saved by Francesco Benussi.
After the interval, the Rosanero began to control possession but could make little use of it, aside from a long range effort from Quaison that was easily saved by the goalkeeper.
Then against the run of play, the visitors took the lead through their substitute Borriello, who just two minutes after coming on, finished from Matos’ through ball.
Palermo continued to press forward but were continually denied by the stubborn Carpi defence which in turn allowed the visitors to strike on the counter with Borriello forcing a decent save from Stefano Sorrentino.
Just when Carpi had seemed certain of securing their first win in the top flight, Djurdjevic was in the right place to head home Achraf Lazaar’s precise delivery and deny the Biancorossi a famous victory.