Serie A Week 15 - 8 Dec 2019 (17.00 UK)
Sampdoria 0 - 1 Parma
Kucka 21 (P)
Stadio Luigi Ferraris

Juraj Kucka’s early header proved enough for Parma to take all three points at Marassi, as Luigi Sepe saved Sampdoria’s penalty.

The Blucerchiati kept the same XI that had been 3-1 up at Cagliari only to lose 4-3 last week, missing Fabio Depaoli, Federico Bonazzoli and Bartosz Bereszynski. Parma had one win in six Serie A games, but finally had Andreas Cornelius available from the start, with Roberto Inglese and Yann Karamoh still side-lined.

Juraj Kucka turned a relatively free header wide from Roberto Gagliolo’s cross, then turned a volley wide and had another attempt deflected over.

From that corner, it was fourth time lucky for Kucka, who got his glancing header to a Hernani set play from five yards. He celebrated with an acrobatic mid-air flip, which made Parma coach Roberto D’Aversa understandably nervous during an injury crisis.

Manolo Gabbiadini’s effort was deflected, then he was just unable to get his boot to a smart Alex Ferrari through ball, then Nicola Murru completed a lovely give-and-go only to scuff the finish wide.

Fabio Quagliarella’s acrobatics and Jakub Jankto on the rebound tested Luigi Sepe, as did Rolando Vieira after a give-and-go with Gaston Ramirez.

Gervinho went on a slalom past three defenders only to eventually see his finish parried at the near post, while Gaston Ramirez turned a header wide.

Gabbiadini was unlucky not to draw Samp level on 63 minutes, as his long-range free kick bounced off the crossbar with Sepe rooted to the spot.

Sampdoria had the chance to draw level when substitute Dermaku hauled down Quagliarella just inside the box. Quagliarella stepped up and saw the penalty saved by Sepe, then Jakub Jankto set him up to tap in the rebound. However, VAR showed the goal had to be disallowed for encroachment.

Sepe came to Parma’s rescue again moments later, flying to palm away a strike from Omar Colley.

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Sampdoria: Audero; Thorsby, Ferrari, Colley, Murru; Ramirez (Linetty 59), Ekdal, Vieira (Leris 59), Jankto (Caprari 80); Gabbiadini, Quagliarella
Parma: Sepe; Darmian, Iacoponi, Bruno Alves, Gagliolo; Hernani, Kucka (Brugman 46), BarillĂ ; Kulusevski (Grassi 84), Cornelius (Dermaku 68), Gervinho
Ref: Abisso

Saved penalty: Quagliarella 77 (S)