May 10, 2021

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Gervinho’s Parma relegated after Torino defeat

After losing to the Maroons on Monday, the Yellows and Blues were demoted to Italian Serie B to cap a miserable 2020-21 campaign

Gervinho’s Parma were relegated from Italy’s elite division after suffering their 20th loss of the season, falling 1-0 away to Turin on Monday night.

The Yellows and Blues had to avoid a defeat against the Maroons at Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino to keep their weak hopes of survival alive.

Before the game against Davide Nicola’s men, Roberto D’Aversa’s side had played four games which all ended in defeats.

In the decisive or decisive game they put on a great performance, but couldn’t score as the first half ended 0-0.

Three minutes after the hour, Mergim Vojvoda, however, put the hosts forward with an assist from Cristian Ansaldi.

Vojvoda slipped the ball into Luigi Sepe’s net after the Argentina defender found himself in the back line of Parma.

The away side didn’t drop their heads after conceding the first as the game turned into a real fight from start to finish, but they wasted opportunities to level things off.

Ivorian international Gervinho has been in action from start to finish, but he couldn’t stop his side from losing for the 10th time away from home in the 2020-2021 season.

Parma’s relegation was confirmed at the final whistle, as they remain at the 19th position in the Italian elite division table with 20 points with just four games to go.

They join Simeon Nwankwo’s Crotone at the second level as they can no longer mathematically close the gap to escape the fall.

Either Benevento, Cagliari, Spezie or Torino will complete the squad which will start its life in Serie B next season.

D’Aversa’s side have only won a total of three games all season, conceding 71 goals while only managing to score a measly 36 at the other end of the field.

Five of those goals have been scored by former Lille, Arsenal and AS Roma star Gervinho in the 24 league games he has been involved in so far.

The matches against Atalanta, Lazio, Sassuolo and Sampdoria will take place from May 9 to 22, which will be the last chance for the Serie B side to restore some pride.