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Gobbi's late goal helps Parma draw at Fiorentina

Published on NewsOK Modified: September 30, 2013 at 5:14 pm •  Published: September 30, 2013

FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — Massimo Gobbi scored a late equalizer as Parma snatched a 2-2 draw at Fiorentina in the Italian league on Monday.

Parma had not scored in its previous three games in Florence, but took the lead on the stroke of halftime when Walter Gargano's shot was deflected over the prone Fiorentina goalkeeper Neto.

Fiorentina leveled in the 64th minute when Gonzalo Rodríguez leapt highest at the near post to head a corner across into the right side of the goal.

The hosts went ahead 12 minutes later when Juan Vargas controlled the ball between two Parma defenders before turning and firing past Antonio Mirante from close range.

But seconds from fulltime, Gobbi — who was practically on the goalline — headed in Jonathan Biabiany's cross to earn a competition point for Parma.

"There is bitterness, disappointment," Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella said. "In the first half we didn't do very well, partly down to the great work of Parma, while I saw a different Fiorentina after the break.

"We had a different tempo and style, which is why we deservedly went in front. We really should have won the match, we should have kept the ball, instead we kept trying to break them down and we conceded a goal."

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