Alessandro Lucarelli made the most of a goalkeeping howler deep into stoppages for Parma’s surprise 2-1 win away to Chievo.
This was a relegation dogfight and Chievo needed to win back the enthusiasm of the fans after two points from the last four games. On the contrary, the Ducali had two consecutive victories, though lost 2-1 to Lazio in the Coppa Italia on Tuesday. Antonio Cassano returned to the starting XI after being dropped for two games running.
Parma were unbeaten against Chievo since 2006-07, home and away. The visitors had a fantastic chance to take the lead within two minutes, but Jonathan Biabiany threaded through for Marco Parolo, whose finish hit the base of the upright from eight yards.
Chievo took the lead with a chaotic goal. There was a save from point-blank range, then Simone Bentivoglio nodded on to the bar and Alberto Paloschi eventually pounced to bundle over the line from close range.
Parma thought they were going to equalise when Perparim Hetemaj stuck out an arm to charge down a cross. However, Amauri stepped up and saw the penalty parried by Christian Puggioni.
The Ducali did draw level soon after, as Cassano marked his return to the starting XI by firing a right-foot daisy-cutter from the edge of the box.
Amauri almost scored when his acrobatic volley was deflected off Bostjan Cesar, but Puggioni was at full stretch to fingertip it on to the crossbar.
Alessandro Lucarelli charged down a Lazarevic strike on the counter and just as the game appeared to be over, Parma got a bizarre winner deep into stoppages.
Lucarelli hit a seemingly harmless, albeit powerful, shot at the near post that Puggioni allowed to bounce off his gloves into the net from a tight angle. The goalkeeper got that completely wrong.
Saved penalty: Amauri 25 (P)