Stadio Ennio Tardini, Italy

Referee: Paolo Tagliavento | Attendance: 13647

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Parma draw blank again

Parma climbed out of the Serie A relegation zone with a goalless home draw against Chievo in a game which saw both sides reduced to 10 men.

Blerim Dzemaili was sent off five minutes into the second half for the hosts while the visitors lost Gelson Fernandes late in the contest.

Parma, who have not won since August 29, hit the woodwork in the second half but could not find the breakthrough and had to settle for a point.

The draw nevertheless lifted Pasquale Marino's side up to 17th spot on eight points - albeit only out of the bottom three on goal difference - while Chievo slipped to seventh.

Chievo made a bright start and almost took the lead in the fifth minute when Sergio Pellissier got his head on the end of a Andrea Mantovani cross, but he nodded wide of the far post.

At the other end, Sebastian Giovinco's 30-yard attempt went over the bar.

The visitors put a good move together soon after.

Kevin Constant served Pellissier inside the area and he struck the ball on target only for his effort to be kept out by Parma goalkeeper Antonio Mirante.

Parma had numerous chances to break the deadlock before half-time but Giovinco fired wide while Valeri Bojinov's two attempts were kept out by Chievo goalkeeper Stefano Sorrentino.

Chievo players demanded a penalty early in the second half after Pellissier fell inside the area following contact with Alessandro Lucarelli, but the referee waved play on.

Parma then suffered a blow when Dzemaili was booked a second time and was given his marching orders.

Chievo almost went in front in the 78th minute but Mirante palmed Roberto Guana's right-footed effort from the edge of the area over the bar.

At the other end, substitute Antonio Candreva's header beat Sorrentino but rebounded off the crossbar in what was the best chance of the game for either side.

Fernandes was then also dismissed as the teams shared the spoils.