SPAL beat Parma behind closed Doors after Delayed Kick-off

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An Andrea Petagna penalty kick earned SPAL a 1-0 win at Parma in the first behind-closed-doors match of the Serie A season.

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But the game faced a long delay after scenes of confusion before kick-off.

Chaos reigned minutes before the match was scheduled to start, as players were called back into the dressing room from the tunnel.

They had to await a decision on whether the game was to go ahead.

That followed a call from Italy’s sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora to suspend the league amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The game eventually started 75 minutes later than planned.

SPAL earned a valuable three points thanks to a second half Petagna spot-kick, which lifted them off bottom and into 19th place on 18 points, two ahead of Brescia.

All Serie A matches will be played without fans attending until April 3 as part of government measures put in place to try and stop the spread of the virus.

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