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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 20 49
2 Roma 20 42
3 Napoli 20 36
4 Lazio 20 34
5 Sampdoria 20 34
6 Fiorentina 20 31
7 Genoa 20 28
8 Palermo 20 27
9 Udinese 20 27
10 Inter Milan 20 26
11 AC Milan 20 26
12 Sassuolo 20 25
13 Torino 20 25
14 Verona 20 24
15 Atalanta 20 20
16 Cagliari 20 19
17 Empoli 20 19
18 Chievo 20 18
19 Cesena 20 12
20 Parma 20 10