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Ennio Tardini (ATT 11,218) 5th May 2013 - Kick off 14:00 Ref: Piero Giacomelli

Parma Parma vs Atalanta Atalanta

Parma 2

M Parolo (45)
J Biabiany (58)


Parma boost top-10 hopes

Last Updated: 05/05/13 4:45pm

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Yohan Benalouane of Parma competes for the ball with Atalanta's Giacomo Bonaventura

Yohan Benalouane of Parma competes for the ball with Atalanta's Giacomo Bonaventura

Marco Parolo and Jonathan Biabiany scored either side of half-time in a 2-0 victory over Atalanta to boost Parma's hopes of a top-10 finish in Serie A.

Parolo superbly fired into the top corner a minute before the interval to give the hosts just reward for their first-half dominance before Biabiany sealed Parma's first victory in five matches just before the hour mark.

Atalanta initially responded well to falling behind but were deserted by luck and found Antonio Mirante in the Parma goal in fine form before Biabiany killed off any hopes of a comeback.

It was the Nerazzurri custodian who was the busier of the two stoppers in the early running, however, Andrea Consigli easily keeping out Amauri's strike before then pulling off a better save from the 32-year-old forward's powerful header.

While German Denis missed the target from distance for the visitors, Parma continued to pour forward and Ishak Belfodil only just failed to get on the end of Massimo Gobbi long-range pass.

Belfodil would atone for that miss in the 44th minute when he picked out Parolo, who drilled past a despairing Consigli and in to the top hand right corner.

Denis nearly levelled for his side in first-half injury time but the Argentina international saw his header from a corner rattle the crossbar.

The 31-year-old continued to plague Parma's defence in the air on the resumption and only a fine Mirante save from another header kept the scores level.

It would prove a crucial save as Biabiany put Roberto Donadoni's men two goals to the good in the 58th minute.

The Frenchman collected the ball from Amauri and calmly slotted into the bottom corner.

Parma nearly went 3-0 ahead a few minutes later when Belfodil burst into the box before firing at goal but Consigli produced a tremendous save, while at the other end, Luca Cigarini saw a free-kick only just miss the target.

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Italy Serie A

Italy Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 38 102
2 Roma 38 85
3 Napoli 38 78
4 Fiorentina 38 65
5 Inter Milan 38 60
6 Parma 38 58
7 Torino 38 57
8 AC Milan 38 57
9 Lazio 38 56
10 Verona 38 54
11 Atalanta 38 50
12 Sampdoria 38 45
13 Udinese 38 44
14 Genoa 38 44
15 Cagliari 38 39
16 Chievo 38 36
17 Sassuolo 38 34
18 Catania 38 32
19 Bologna 38 29
20 Livorno 38 25