Amauri bagged a brace to revive Parma’s fortunes against 10-man Sampdoria after Sergio Romero’s dismissal.
The Ducali had to reshuffle for this relegation tussle, as Alessandro Lucarelli and Yohan Benalouane sat out bans, joining the injured Raffaele Palladini and Fabiano Santacroce. Samp were without a win in four and had Daniele Gastaldello suspended, while Nicola Pozzi, Andrea Poli and Pedro Obiang were sidelined, but Eder recovered from his knock.
Maxi Lopez and Renan failed to make the most of a Jonathan Biabiany defensive error, but there was a scare when the Berardi cross-shot looped just over the bar with Antonio Mirante off his line.
Enzo Maresca also spotted a chance from distance and his fierce right-foot blockbuster came so close to surprising Mirante.
Sampdoria went down to 10 men and gave away a penalty when Sergio Romero came out to blatantly take down Biabiany after the offside trap failed. It was a remarkably obvious foul, as the goalkeeper literally grabbed one of his legs and represented Romero’s second red card of the season. Amauri stepped up and comfortably rolled the penalty past substitute goalkeeper Tommaso Berni to put Parma in front.
Daniele Galloppa went off with a left thigh problem to make way for Marco Parolo. Berni was forced into another save on the Jaime Valdes free kick, fingertipping it off the line, but on the rebound there were complaints for a Biabiany handling offence.
Amauri made it 2-0 for Parma and this time it was from open play. The Italian-Brazilian jumped over his marker for a powerful header on the Aleandro Rosi cross from the right.
Andrea Costa had the chance to equalise when a free kick came to the back stick, but he controlled with his chest and ran out of room, hitting it on to the side-netting.
Eder sprung the offside trap and burst into the box, where he fell under a clumsy Mirante challenge for a penalty. However, this time the referee only showed a yellow card rather than the straight red given to Romero for a similar situation. Eder stepped up and sent Mirante the wrong way to make it 2-1.
Berni needed a desperate save to stop Amauri’s deflected header from slipping under the bar, while he was also kept busy by Biabiany and Pabon.
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Sent off: Romero 33 (S)