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Gervinho thriving at Parma with stunning goal vs Cagliari

Gervinho thriving at Parma with stunning goal vs Cagliari

MILAN (AP) – Gervinho is continuing to flourish on his return to Italian football, scoring a stunning individual goal to help Parma beat Cagliari 2-0 in Serie A on Saturday.

Gervinho scored the second goal of the game two minutes after the break. The 31-year-old Ivory Coast international sprinted from deep inside his own half and beat three defenders before firing in off the near post.

He was embraced by all his teammates and given a standing ovation by fans at the Stadio Tardini.

Parma’s Gervinho celebrates scoring his side’s 2nd goal, during the Serie A soccer match between Parma and Cagliari at the Ennoi Tardini Stadium in Parma, Italy, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. (Elisabetta Baracchi/ANSA via AP)

It was Gervinho’s second goal since the former Arsenal and Roma winger returned to Serie A after 2 1/2 years in China.

Gervinho had attempted a similar move in the first half but fired wide.

Roberto Inglese scored Parma’s opener in the 20th minute after the ball ricocheted off the goalkeeper’s chest and Inglese’s face.

It was Parma’s second straight win after its surprise victory at Inter Milan last week.

Inter, which beat Tottenham in the Champions League midweek, visits Sampdoria later Saturday after Fiorentina hosts Spal.

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Parma's Gervinho, left, scores his side's 2nd goal during the Serie A soccer match between Parma and Cagliari at the Ennoi Tardini Stadium in Parma, Italy, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. (Elisabetta Baracchi/ANSA via AP)

Parma’s Gervinho, left, scores his side’s 2nd goal during the Serie A soccer match between Parma and Cagliari at the Ennoi Tardini Stadium in Parma, Italy, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. (Elisabetta Baracchi/ANSA via AP)

Parma players celebrate after Roberto Inglese scored, during the Serie A soccer match between Parma and Cagliari at the Ennoi Tardini Stadium in Parma, Italy, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. (Elisabetta Baracchi/ANSA via AP)

Parma players celebrate after Roberto Inglese scored, during the Serie A soccer match between Parma and Cagliari at the Ennoi Tardini Stadium in Parma, Italy, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. (Elisabetta Baracchi/ANSA via AP)

Parma's Roberto Inglese, top right, celebrates after scoring during the Serie A soccer match between Parma and Cagliari at the Ennoi Tardini Stadium in Parma, Italy, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. (Elisabetta Baracchi/ANSA via AP)

Parma’s Roberto Inglese, top right, celebrates after scoring during the Serie A soccer match between Parma and Cagliari at the Ennoi Tardini Stadium in Parma, Italy, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. (Elisabetta Baracchi/ANSA via AP)

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