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Soccer-Parma's Cassano grabs 100th Serie A goal in Bologna draw

Reuters

By Terry Daley

ROME, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Parma's Antonio Cassano grabbed his 100th Serie A goal with a stunning volley in a 1-1 draw at home to 10-man Bologna while Genoa's Davide Biondini secured the same result in an equally enthralling clash with Torino on Saturday.

Volatile Cassano, 31, sparked further calls for his return to the Italy team after a virtuoso display and superb goal from the much-travelled striker in the early kickoff.

He expertly pulled away from his markers at a 23rd minute free kick before hooking home an improbable volley to bring Parma level after Panagiotis Kone's impressive long-range half volley had put Genoa ahead after 10 minutes.

Parma could not find the winner despite the sending off of visiting defender Frederik Sorensen seven minutes after the break, and Kone almost snatched an unlikely three points when his free kick sailed agonisingly wide with nine minutes left.

The draw leaves Parma ninth on 17 points with Bologna in 17th just two points and one place above the drop zone with 12.

Gian Piero Gasperini's Genoa team stay seventh on 19 points following Biondini's 69th minute equaliser, which came after Omar El Kaddouri deflected home a seventh-minute opener for dominant Torino from Alexander Farnerud's scuffed shot.

Genoa goalkeeper Mattia Perin had kept the home side in the game with a string of wonder saves.

Despite Torino's exciting attacking football, they have only won once in two months and again had themselves to blame for a draw that leaves them in 12th place on 16 points, wasting a host of chances before and after the home side levelled the scores.

Leaders Juventus host Udinese on Sunday (1730 GMT) after AS Roma, who are a point behind in second place, visit another mid-table side in Atalanta Bergamo (1400 GMT). (Reporting by Terry Daley; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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