Palacio scores twice to give Genoa draw with Parma

DANIELLA MATAR Associated Press Published:

MILAN (AP) -- Rodrigo Palacio scored his second goal deep into stoppage time to give Genoa a 2-2 draw against Parma in Serie A, and end its three-game losing streak.

Massimo Gobbi put Parma in the lead in the sixth minute and the visitors seemed certain of victory when Sergio Floccari rifled home against his old team after the interval.

However, Palacio pulled one back for Genoa in the 78th after his initial attempt from the penalty spot was saved.

Parma was lucky not to concede another penalty minutes later when Francesco Modesto barged into Ze Eduardo in the area, but could do nothing six minutes into added time when Palacio caught its defense napping.

Top of the table Milan hosts second-place Juventus later Saturday.

Parma got off to the perfect start when Gobbi lashed home a low 20-yard effort past the outstretched hand of Sebastien Frey and into the far right corner.

Genoa almost leveled shortly after following some great work by Palacio, who then put a superb ball into the area for Bosko Jankovic but the Serb failed to connect from just a few yards out.

The home side barely had a look at the ball for the rest of the half but went close to equalizing five minutes from the break when Emiliano Moretti's header was saved but the rebound fell straight to Palacio. However, Parma goalkeeper Antonio Mirante did well to save with his feet.

Parma thought it had doubled its lead minutes before halftime but Giovinco's strike was ruled out for offside.

It did get the second goal eight minutes after the break. Jonathan Biabiany raced almost halfway down the pitch before slotting it across to Giovinco. Frey did well to parry but Floccari -- who had two year-long spells at Genoa -- followed up by firing the ball into an empty net.

Genoa went close to getting back into the game when Palacio skipped past his marker and mazed his way into the area, but he held on to the ball too long and it was easily dealt with in the end.

However, it did get one back after Modesto handled Kevin Constant's cross in the area. Palacio's initial effort was saved but the Argentine was able to tap the rebound into an empty net.

Genoa players were up in arms soon after when their side was denied a second spot kick. But the draw was clinched after Cristobal Jorquera picked out Palacio through a crowd of defenders and he slotted in off the inside of the bottom right post.

Parma defender Alessandro Lucarelli was dismissed moments later for claiming the goal should have been disallowed for offside.