Mauro Icardi was on target again to give Sampdoria a hard-fought victory over Parma.
These sides were in very different moods, as the Ducali had just three draws from seven rounds, while Samp were unbeaten in five with just one goal conceded. Gaetano Berardi was unavailable for the home side and Mauro Icardi shook off a knock to the knee, while McDonald Mariga and Fabiano Santacroce didn’t make the trip.
An Eder cross-shot was flapped out from under the bar, while Angelo Palombo needed a decisive sliding tackle to stop Nicola Sansone from pulling the trigger in the penalty area.
Andrea Coda had the ball in the back of the net, but the whistle had already been blown for an offside position.
Jonathan Biabiany ran on to a long Marco Parolo pass to go clear on goal, but over-hit the lob when the goalkeeper had come rushing out.
Samp went close straight after the restart, but Costa and Lorenzo De Silvestri got in each other’s way so nobody got the final touch.
The deadlock was finally broken just shy of the hour mark. A free kick was dinked into the area, where Mauro Icardi made the most of a very shaky Antonio Mirante rush off the line, getting in front of the goalkeeper for a glancing header.
Sergio Romero needed two touches to get control of an Aleandro Rosi header, while Palombo risked an own goal when he deflected a Sansone cross on to the upright as he anticipated Amauri.
Mirante denied Icardi his second of the game, using his knee from point-blank range.