STADIO ENNIO TARDINI (Parma): Parma took one more step towards securing a Serie A return on Matchday 35 of Serie B with a comprehensive 4-0 thumping of rock-bottom Lecco. The Crociati raced into an early lead that put the result beyond any doubt inside half an hour. 

A brace from Adrian Bernabe either side of a fine Valentin Mihaila strike saw the Gialloblu score twice in 15 first-half minutes, allowing them to lead 3-0 with half an hour on the clock and, from there, they coasted comfortably towards the end. Having started to show signs of an unwanted late shake in recent weeks, the Crociati ended Saturday afternoon relieved at the Tardini.

Valentin Mihaila celebrates for Parma. (@ParmaCalcio_en)

Clinical Parma shake off nerves to punish lacklustre Lecco

Parma came out flying from the start, keen to put their recent stutters firmly behind them against the side sitting rock bottom of the Serie B table. Pressing aggressively, Parma pounced on their visitors’ first slip and Bernabe arrived from his deeper-than-usual starting position at the base of their midfield to finish after some selfless play from forward Ange-Yoan Bonny

That lead was then deservedly doubled by Mihaila. Having taken a couple of poor decisions previously and rushed things, there was no doubt that the Romanian was setting himself to shoot again when the ball dropped his way on the edge of the area. When it did, he took a touch to set himself up before rifling into the near-top corner from the right of the area.

Adrian Bernabe celebrates for Parma. (@ParmaCalcio_en)

Bernabe was on target again to make it three, and the celebrations were close to full-swing at the Tardini and even a flag simply reading ‘A’ was held aloft in the Curva Nord Matteo Bagnaresi.  

After the break brought a less-front-foot Parma, safe in the knowledge that the damage was done to their Serie C-bound visitors. There was time late on for Drissa Camara to put more gloss on the result as he rolled a fourth in from close range to finish off a counterattack. 

Parma, then, restore their six-point lead over third-placed Venezia, and can seal their promotion on Matchday 37 at home to Cremonese