• November 3, 2021

Alessandro Del Piero: ‘I’m not mad at Parma, just surprised they are in the Europa League’

Alessandro del Piero scored his side’s second goal of the game after a good run from Parma goalkeeper Roberto Maroni to send the Serie A side into the Europa Lozia with a 2-1 victory over Serie A leaders Lazio.

The 33-year-old, who has scored 15 goals in 34 league appearances for the Rossoneri this season, hit the post following a long run from Maroni, who was also involved in the penalty shootout which saw Sampdoria win 3-2 in the second leg.

“I don’t know how much credit we should give to Parma for playing a good game,” said Del Pieros boss.

“The goal we conceded was in front of our goal and we were just lucky that it came through the right place.

I was pleased with our defensive shape.

It is hard to score goals, but this one is a good example of how good Parma play.

I have to be happy.”

Parma, who have lost all five of their matches in Serie A this season and have now lost three in a row, could have added to the lead but instead went ahead on a penalty kick after Mario Mandzukic fouled goalkeeper Luca Toni.

The hosts had a penalty appeal waved away and Del Pieroes goal was well saved by referee Francesco Mancini.

“We could have scored twice and we didn’t,” Del Pieroo told Sky Sport Italia.

“We didn’t play good football and we conceded a goal that was a good chance for Lazio to get a goal.”

Miguel Angel Martinez also came close to netting in the first half, but he was sent off after a clash with Toni which ended with Totti getting sent off.

The Italian side now have just one win in their last seven league matches.

Del Piero has been a big success this season for Sampdora, scoring 14 goals in 33 league appearances, and will be hoping to continue that trend when he returns to Italy to face Lazio in the European Cup on Thursday (13:30 GMT).

“I’m happy we scored two goals,” Del Porto said.

“I don´t know how to explain it, but it was a goal we wanted to get.”