Serie A - Bojinov lifts Parma off foot of table

Thu, 11 Nov 21:45:00 2010

Parma moved off the foot of Serie A courtesy of Valeri Bojinov's late strke in a 1-0 win over Sampdoria at a foggy Ennio Tardini stadium.

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The Bulgarian striker swept the ball home on 84 minutes after latching onto a lovely little reverse pass by Cristian Zaccardo.

It was Parma's first goal in 400 minutes of football and should ease the pressure on coach Pasquale Marino.

Sampdoria again missed the guile of forward Antonio Cassano, who remains suspended for swearing at club president Riccardo Garrone and refusing to attend an awards ceremony.

The Genoa side have now scored only one goal in four games without the Italy forward, who is waiting to hear if the club can legally be allowed to declare his contract void after he apologised for the incident.

As it was, the victory was little more than Parma deserved after dominating possession throughout the second period.

The first half produced the type of sterile fare that would get football stopped.

Sampdoria will rue seeing Giampaolo Pazzini's free-kick rattle off the underside of the bar on 49 minutes before Pazzini screwed an effort wide of goal five minutes later.

It was a wonder either side could see what was going on in the first 45 minutes. The match looked in serious danger of being abandoned due to the thick fog.

The visitors carved out the first chance of the night when Vladimir Koman lifted a shot over the bar from 12 yards on 20 minutes.

Parma responded as Zaccardo flighted over a cross that was met by the head of the alert Antonio Candreva, whose header seemed netbound until Gianluca Curci dived to nudge the ball past a post.

The match finally began to come to life after a solemn first period.

Pazzini should have broken the deadlock with his early chances in the second half before the home team assumed control.

Candreva went close on 63 minutes when he saw an effort from distance swerve wide of the goal before Blerim Dzemaili hammered in a shot from 25 yards that was fisted out by Curci.

Parma threw on home favourite Hernan Crespo for the final 30 minutes. It seemed to have the desired effect as Bojinov's goal gave Marino's men their first win in Serie A since they defeated Brescia 2-0 on August 29.

Sampdoria remain seventh in the table on 15 points with Parma moving up to 16th on 11 points as Bari replace them as the league's bottom team.

Parma will aim to build on their win when they visit Bari on Sunday with Sampdoria hosting Chievo at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris on the same day.


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