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Luigi Ferraris (ATT 23,000) 3rd March 2013 - Kick off 14:00 Ref: P Valeri

Sampdoria Sampdoria vs Parma Parma

Sampdoria 1

M Icardi (58)


Parma 0

Sampdoria leapfrog Parma with victory

Last Updated: 03/03/13 5:13pm

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Marco Marchionni and Nenad Krsticic vie for the ball

Marco Marchionni and Nenad Krsticic vie for the ball

Sampdoria climbed into the top half of the Serie A table and above opponents Parma as Mauro Icardi scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris.

The Gialloblu were left to rue the officials' decision to disallow Andrea Coda's first-half goal but Roberto Donadoni's men were always second best as they drifted towards a fifth defeat in six games.

Samp had been concerned with Icardi's lack of goals in recent weeks but the Argentinian ended his two-game drought by converting an easy finish following a poor mistake from Parma goalkeeper Antonio Mirante.

The victory propels Samp into 10th place, with a haul of 35 points giving Delio Rossi's men a healthy 14-point cushion above the relegation zone, but Parma can start looking over their shoulders having tumbled down to 13th.

It would be yet another poor outing for Mirante, who has now failed to keep a clean sheet for nine games, but he did make a fine stop from Eder in the opening exchanges.

Coda wheeled away to celebrate in the 17th minute after beating Sergio Romero at the other end but referee Paolo Valeri ruled his goal out for offside on the advice of his assistant.

Jonathan Biabiany's response left much to be desired as the Frenchman failed miserably with a lob before overcooking a pass to Marco Parolo, who had been unmarked inside the area.

With half-time fast approaching, Mirante kept Eder at bay once again and Parma took heart from their first-half display.

But the lack of cohesion that was evident in last week's defeat to Catania spread through the Gialloblu ranks again as play resumed, and Icardi took full advantage.

When Mirante made the wrong decision to rush out to collect a Marcelo Estigarribia free-kick in the 58th minute, Samp's prodigious Argentinian tapped his ninth goal of the season into an empty net.

Ten minutes later, Angelo Palombo almost allowed Parma an equaliser in calamitous fashion when clearing the ball off Amauri's feet and inches past his own goalmouth.

By now Parma were out of ideas and only some quick thinking from Jaime Valdes prevented Icardi poaching an easy second as the visitors chased shadows in the final stages.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 12 31
2 Roma 12 28
3 Napoli 12 22
4 Sampdoria 12 21
5 Genoa 12 20
6 Lazio 12 19
7 AC Milan 12 18
8 Udinese 12 18
9 Inter Milan 12 17
10 Fiorentina 12 16
11 Sassuolo 12 15
12 Verona 12 14
13 Palermo 12 14
14 Empoli 12 13
15 Torino 12 12
16 Cagliari 12 11
17 Atalanta 12 10
18 Chievo 12 9
19 Cesena 12 8
20 Parma 12 6