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

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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