Daniel Passarella's first European game in charge of Parma AC ended in disappointment after Brøndby IF scored an injury-time equaliser.
Daniel Passarella's first European game in charge of Parma AC ended in disappointment after an injury-time equaliser from the penalty spot earned Brøndby IF a 1-1 draw in the UEFA Cup third round.
The Italian side made a perfect start to the first leg when Brondby's Dan Anton Johansen deflected a shot from Sabri Lamouchi past his own goalkeeper in the opening seconds. Parma went on to dominate the first period with striker Marco Di Vaio twice heading wide and then hitting the bar.
Brøndby battle back
But the second half was a more even affair, with Brøndby's Peter Madsen forcing goalkeeper Sebastien Frey into fine saves with a low shot and then a header. Then, right at the end, Parma's Junior was sent off for handling Madsen's header on the line and Crister Nordin equalised from the spot.
Brøndby coach Åge Hareide said: "I'm fairly satisfied. We were competitive - although I hope to play a better match in two weeks' time. The problem tonight was obviously the early goal, but after that we looked good."
'That's football for you'
Passarella was not so satisfied. "I am disappointed because we had a lot of chances, but that's football for you," he said. "I'm not angry with my team, though. We were a little unbalanced before half-time and after the break we began to look a bit tired. But as for the result - well it leaves it wide open for both teams."