Parma got back to winning ways and celebrated their Serie A status by sweeping Atalanta aside 2-0.
Both sides were on the verge of securing mathematical safety, but not quite there yet. The Ducali had been struggling recently with just 11 points from 15 rounds. The Orobici welcomed Carlos Carmona, Cristian Raimondi, Lionel Scaloni and Giacomo Bonaventura back from bans, but Marko Livaja was suspended with Riccardo Cazzola, Igor Budan, Franco Brienza, Cristiano Del Grosso, James Troisi and Facundo Parra injured.
Parma started brightly, but Alvaro Ampuero’s ball flashed across the face of goal with nobody able to get the decisive tap-in. The hosts lost Stefano Lucchini to a muscular problem after just 26 minutes.
Ishak Belfodil’s angled drive was punched on to the side-netting by Andrea Consigli at the base of the near post.
From that corner, Consigli flew to beat away a towering Amauri header. Parma had more of the pressure and took the lead when Marco Parolo hit an absolute missile under the bar from just inside the area.
It was almost 1-1 within 60 seconds, though, as Antonio Mirante half-heartedly punched the ball straight at Bonaventura, whose header was cleared off the line by Alessandro Lucarelli.
From that resulting corner, Atalanta hit the bar from point-blank range with German Denis.
After the restart consigli beat away another Parolo pile-driver, but Jonathan Biabiany doubled Parma’s lead with a precise angled drive from just inside the box, as Atalanta’s defence was caught napping.
Aleandro Rosi thought he had scored a third in the final minutes, but was flagged offside.
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