Parma stun Inter with Dimarco’s long-range strike

Parma beat Inter Milan 1-0 in an upset victory. (Reuters pic)

MILAN: A stunning long-range strike by Federico Dimarco gave promoted Parma a shock 1-0 win at Inter Milan in Serie A on Saturday.

Inter, with only one win in their opening four games, dominated the game and let numerous chances go begging before being punished by a player they loaned to Parma one month ago.

The 20-year-old won the ball in midfield and then beat Samir Handanović with a 25-metre shot that swerved, dipped, and went in off the underside of the bar for his first-ever Serie A goal, giving Parma their first win since returning to the top flight.

Dimarco started his career at Inter and played twice for them as a 17-year-old. He was loaned to Ascoli and then Empoli, was sold to Swiss club Sion in 2017 and bought back in July, before being loaned out to Parma one month later.

Côte d’Ivoire forward Gervinho nearly added a second for Parma, dribbling past three players before seeing his shot saved by Handanović.

Dimarco also rescued Parma just before the hour when he cleared Ivan Perišić’s shot off the line.

Inter, who host Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday as they return to the Champions League after a six-season absence, have taken only four points from their opening four games.