Serie A Week 17 - 22 Dec 2013 (14.00 UK)
Sampdoria 1 - 1
Eder 45 (S), Lucarelli 65 (P)
Stadio Luigi Ferraris

Sampdoria’s winning streak slowed down with this home stalemate against plucky Parma.

The Blucerchiati were still unbeaten under Sinisa Mihajlovic and looking for a third consecutive victory. Parma were unbeaten in five, but four of those were draws. Manolo Gabbiadini sat out a ban for the hosts, while Antonio Cassano was suspended against his former club. Gabriel Paletta, Walter Gargano, Daniele Galloppa and Nicola Pavarini missed out.

Antonio Mirante had to be alert early on when dealing with a poor Massimo Gobbi backpass, then was at full stretch to deny a Gianluca Sansone free kick.

Marco Parolo’s volley was charged down and Gianluca Sansone saw his free kick curl just off target.

Sampdoria took the lead just before half-time, as Eder trapped a free kick and had far too much time and space to turn, pick his spot and smash the angled drive across Mirante.

The tension spilled out at the half-time whistle, as Eder and Marco Marchionni sparked a scuffle. Afriyie Acquah needed a crucially-timed tackle to stop Vasco Regini scoring when clear on goal and Daniele Gastaldello hurled himself at Parolo to charge down the shot.

Parma got their equaliser from a Raffaele Palladino corner, which was whipped in for Alessandro Lucarelli’s trademark header.

Play had to be halted for several minutes when one of the assistant referees picked up a calf injury and had to be replaced by the fourth official.

Deep into stoppages, Pedro Obiang acrobatically threw himself in the path of Nicola Sansone to prevent the Parma man snatching a winner.

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Sampdoria: Da Costa; De Silvestri, Mustafi, Gastaldello, Regini; Palombo, Obiang; G Sansone (Wszolek 63), Krsticic, Soriano (Pozzi 80); Eder (Bjarnason 94)
: Mirante, Cassani, Felipe, Lucarelli, Gobbi; Acquah, Marchionni, Parolo; Biabiany (Palladino 56), Amauri, N Sansone
Ref: Di Bello