Parma were on the wrong side of a seven-goal thriller for the second consecutive weekend in Serie A, this time losing 4-3 to bottom-placed Crotone at the Stadio Ennio Tardini on Saturday evening.
Simy Nwankwo took his tally for the season to an incredible 19 goals, while goals from Adam Ounas and Lisandro Magallan gave the Calabrians the three points despite the hosts scoring themselves through Hernani, Gervinho and Valentin Mihaila.
No one in Serie A has a worse home record than Parma, so it was no great surprise to see them fall a goal behind within 15 minutes. As well, nobody has conceded more goals from set-pieces than the Crociati, so Magallan heading home from a corner seemed about right.
Hernani nodded home an equaliser after being found by Andreas Cornelius, scoring the kind of goal that the Dane would have liked more of this season, but that parity didn’t even last the quarter of an hour remaining until half time.
Simy bagged his 18th of the Serie A season with a goal that looked to give Gli Squali the edge at the break and Ounas swiftly followed to give the visitors a two-goal cushion at the interval.
Parma started the second half with real intent though and managed to get themselves level again as Gervinho and Valentin Mihaila both netted inside ten minutes of the restart.
Simy’s 19th of the season came from the penalty spot, though, putting Serie A’s bottom side back in front.
The result did little other than delay confirmation of the inevitable and looming fate of relegation hanging over Crotone, and almost guaranteed that Parma will be joining them in Serie B next season.