This was Parma’s chance to slow down Inter’s march to yet another Scudetto. The game was meant to be played last month but was postponed due to bad weather, yet the rearrangement did not take any sting out of the match – both teams were out to win.
Inter showed their intent when they fielded a side consisting of Goran Pandev, Samuel Eto’o and Diego Milito, names that would strike fear in any defence. Yet the Parma back-line was able to hold them at bay for the opening 45 minutes to the annoyance of the visitors. Inter came into this game with one thing on their minds, which was to come away with all three points and they were under the impression it was going to be easy. It may not have been the prettiest of first halves but with a little luck and some impressive play by Jonathan Biabiany, the first half ended goalless. Biabiany demonstrated enough pace and determination to show the Nerazzurri what they’ve lost in a co-ownership deal with Parma – the young Frenchman out-ran Javier Zanetti on more than one occasion.
The second half started as the first ended but this time it was Parma who came out first when Francesco Valiani had the first shot on goal but it was easily saved by Julio Cesar. It did not take long for the deadlock to be broken when in the 54th minute a corner from Daniele Galloppa was fired into the crowd to find Valeri Bojinov to tap it over the line. Mario Balotelli was brought on in response and Parma were only able to hold on to the lead for four minutes as Balo scored to bring normality back to the Inter camp. The game opened up but neither side was able to capitalise on their chances, with Inter failing to take advantage of the red card shown to Valiani.