Parma 1-0 Napoli

Parm 1-0 Napoli

Parma earned a narrow win against third-placed Napoli to boost their hopes of European qualification for the first time since 2006.

Roberto Donadoni's side ended a three-match losing streak with Marco Parolo's sweeping left-foot winner.

Parolo beat Napoli goalkeeper Pepe Reina with a first-time shot from 20 yards after being picked out by Mattia Cassani's precise pull-back.

Napoli rallied in the closing stages but could not force an equaliser.

Colombian substitute Duvan Zapata provided Rafael Benitez's side with some much-needed attacking spark after replacing Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain on 68 minutes.

Zapata twice headed over in the final five minutes, while team-mate Lorenzo Insigne fired across goal when well-placed.

Despite the defeat, Napoli are nine points clear of fourth-placed Fiorentina and still on course to seal Champions League qualification.

Two-time Uefa Cup winners Parma moved into sixth - which might be good enough for a Europa League spot - and are level on points with fifth-placed Inter Milan with six games left.

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