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Renzo Barbera (ATT 18,000) 19th May 2013 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: Domenico Rocca

Palermo Palermo vs Parma Parma

Palermo 1

F Miccoli (75)

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Parma 3

M Gobbi (38)
J Valdes (41)
I Belfodil (45+1)

Palermo season ends on low note

Last Updated: 19/05/13 10:44pm

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Massimo Gobbi (right) celebrates his opening goal

Massimo Gobbi (right) celebrates his opening goal

Palermo suffered a home defeat to Parma in their final outing in Italy's top flight ahead of their relegation to Serie B.

Massimo Gobbi, Jaime Valdes and Ishak Belfodil piled the misery on the Sicilians at the end of a season to forget.

Fabrizio Miccoli netted a consolation in what was probably his last appearance for the Rosaneri.

The result left Palermo six points adrift of Genoa in the relegation zone while Parma finished in the top half of the table.

Miccoli almost gave Palermo the lead early on when he juggled the ball inside the penalty area but dragged his shot wide.

Gobbi put Parma ahead with a moment of real class in the 38th minute, firing home an unstoppable volley from outside the penalty area from Valdes' free-kick.

It was a goal which even drew applause from some of the home fans in the Stadio Renzo Barbera, but there was better to come just a few minutes later.

Valdes this time decided to go it alone and unleashed an unstoppable effort into the top right-hand corner to double Parma's lead.

A counter-attack in the last minute of the first half finished Palermo off, Belfodil taking the ball to the edge of the area and firing past Francesco Benussi as the home defence stood off.

Palermo responded well and Miccoli stepped up his search for some personal glory by hitting the post.

He got the goal he was looking for in characteristic style, drilling home an unstoppable free-kick in the 76th minute.

However, he could find neither the energy nor the desire to celebrate as Palermo dropped out of the top flight with a whimper.

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Italy Serie A

Italy Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 34 90
2 Roma 34 82
3 Napoli 34 68
4 Fiorentina 34 58
5 Inter Milan 34 56
6 Parma 34 51
7 AC Milan 34 51
8 Torino 34 49
9 Verona 34 49
10 Lazio 34 49
11 Atalanta 34 46
12 Sampdoria 34 41
13 Udinese 34 39
14 Genoa 34 39
15 Cagliari 34 36
16 Chievo 34 30
17 Sassuolo 34 28
18 Bologna 34 28
19 Livorno 34 25
20 Catania 34 23