Parma beat Sampdoria in the fog

Parma climb three places from the bottom of the table, while Sampdoria continue a string of non-scoring games.

    The fog at Parma's Stadio Tardini at times made it difficult to see from one end of the pitch to the other [EPA]

    Parma have beaten Sampdoria in Serie A in a fog-shrouded match, to raise themselves to third from bottom of the league table.

    The northern-city side won the game 1-0 at the Stadio Tardini on Thursday evening, with Valeri Bojinov, the Bulgarian striker, capitalising on confusion caused by the poor visibility to put the ball in the back of the net.

    It was Parma's first win since August 29, easing pressure on Pasquale Marino, their coach.

    Parma's offensive play threatened the visitors in both halves, but Sampdoria had the best chance before the goal, with forward Giampaolo Pazzini smashing a free-kick against the underside of the crossbar.

    Bojinov then scored with a shot into the corner of the goal from a reverse pass by Christian Zaccardo - the club's first goal in more than 400 minutes.

    Sampdoria patently lacked suspended Antonio Cassano, their inventive Italian forward, and have now failed to score a goal for four games on the trot.

    The temperamental Cassano was suspended by the club for swearing at Riccardo Garrone, the president, and failing to attend an awards dinner, but the team is suffering without him.

    Despite apologising several times Cassano remains unfavoured and unselected, while an arbitration panel is due to rule on the legality of the suspension.

    The team from the northwest of Italy are in seventh place.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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