Serie A

Parma edges struggling Udinese

Jonathan Biabiany
Parma barely edged out Udinese on Sunday in Serie A.
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A solitary goal from Amauri earned red-hot Parma a narrow but deserved 1-0 success over struggling Udinese.

Amauri's header in the 35th minute handed the Crociati their fourth straight league win, lifting the club to seventh in the table, where they are just one point adrift of fifth-placed Inter Milan.

However, Udinese's fourth consecutive loss has left the team in 15th and only three points clear of the drop zone.

Fiorentina and Genoa played to a wild 3-3 draw on Sunday. Alberto Aquilani scored a hat-trick for Fior, but a 77th minute goal from Sebastian De Maio ensured the draw for Genoa.

Inter Milan endured another frustrating afternoon as basement boys Catania held them to a goalless draw at San Siro.

The Nerazzurri went into the contest looking for their first win in 2014 and had their chances but lacked a finishing touch.

The closest Inter came to taking three points was seven minutes from time when Rolando's header was kept out by Catania goalkeeper Alberto Frison.

Ciro Immobile missed a late penalty, but an earlier spot-kick from Alessio Cerci was enough to see Torino clinch a 1-0 victory over 10-man Atalanta.

The Granata climbed to sixth in the table with a fifth win from eight games thanks to Cerci, who won and converted a penalty on the hour mark at the Stadio Olimpico.

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Mid-table Atalanta offered little by way of response until the final stages and would live to regret not snatching a late equalizer given Immobile squandered the chance to double Torino's advantage.

A last-gasp goal from Alessandro Diamanti earned relegation-threatened Bologna a share of the points from a 1-1 draw with Sampdoria at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris.

The Rossoblu remain winless under new coach Davide Ballardini, who replaced Stefano Pioli earlier this month, but the point earned in Genoa puts a chink of daylight between them and 18th-placed Sassuolo.

Samp were poised to climb the table having taken the lead through Manolo Gabbiadini after an hour's play, but Sinisa Mihajlovic was ultimately unable to deliver the fourth Serie A win of his tenure.

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Livorno ended a five-game losing streak with a 3-1 win over Sassuolo to give Domenico Di Carlo a perfect start as coach of the Tuscan outfit.

Di Carlo replaced Attilio Perotti earlier this week and the change in command paid immediate dividends.

Goals from Leandro Greco, Paulinho and Marco Benassi handed the Amaranto a 3-0 lead after 26 minutes played.

Sassuolo's Domenico Berardi reduced the deficit before the half-hour mark from the penalty spot but the hosts held on to claim their fourth win of the campaign.

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