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Ennio Tardini 26th January 2014 - Kick off 14:00 Ref: S Peruzzo

Parma Parma vs Udinese Udinese

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Amauri header boosts Parma

Last Updated: 26/01/14 5:30pm

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Amauri takes a tumble

Amauri takes a tumble

A solitary goal from Amauri earned red-hot Parma a narrow but deserved 1-0 Serie A win over struggling Udinese.

Amauri's header in the 35th minute handed the Crociati their fourth straight league win, lifting the club to seventh in the table, where they are just one point adrift of fifth-placed Inter Milan.

However, Udinese's fourth consecutive loss has left the team in 15th and only three points clear of the drop zone.

The visitors went into the game at the Stadio Ennio Tardini inspired by Wednesday's 2-1 triumph at AC Milan, which earned them a place in the semi-finals of the Coppa Italia.

It was the hosts, though, who had the first chance in the fifth minute when Amauri got behind Antonio Cassano's cross and sent a header wide.

Soon afterwards, Marco Marchionni fed Walter Gargano in the box and his right-footed shot was kept out by Udinese goalkeeper Zeljko Brkic.

The visitors struggled to break through Parma's well-organised defence and were limited to shooting from outside the box.

Midway through the first half, Douglas Santos' bullet-strike from 30 yards was off target.

Parma broke the deadlock when Amauri's powerful header from Cassano's cross beat Brkic.

Udinese showed more intent after the interval and in the 49th minute, Parma goalkeeper Antonio Mirante was called into action to make a save from Silvan Widmer's long-range volley.

In the 55th minute, Parma defender Felipe tried to clear an Udinese cross but his attempt went behind him and almost surprised Mirante.

Thankfully for the hosts, the ball went wide.

With seven minutes remaining, Giampiero Pinzi's goal-bound attempt was deflected by a Parma defender and proved an easy catch for Mirante.

The home side almost doubled their lead with one minute remaining but Brkic kept out substitute Jose Agustin Mauri's left-footed shot from the centre of the area.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 37 86
2 Roma 36 67
3 Lazio 36 66
4 Napoli 37 63
5 Genoa 37 59
6 Fiorentina 36 58
7 Sampdoria 37 55
8 Inter Milan 37 52
9 Torino 36 51
10 Palermo 36 46
11 AC Milan 36 46
12 Verona 36 44
13 Sassuolo 36 43
14 Chievo 36 42
15 Empoli 37 42
16 Udinese 36 41
17 Atalanta 36 36
18 Cagliari 36 28
19 Cesena 36 24
20 Parma 36 17