MODENA, April 25 (Serie A) - Modena moved out of the relegation zone on Sunday with a narrow victory over Sampdoria.
Diomansy Kamara grabbed the only goal of the game in the 58th minute to help Modena climb up a place to 14th, pushing Reggina - who drew 1-1 with Parma - into the bottom four.
Chances were few and far between, but that could only be expected in a clash between a Modena side scrapping for Serie A survival and a Sampdoria outfit with only slight hopes of grabbing a European spot.
The first half saw precious little goalmouth activity or incident, with the main talking point being referee Massimiliano Saccani's decision not to award Modena a penalty on the stroke of half-time.
The home side were adamant that Mirko Conte had deflected Fabio Vignaroli's cross away from Kamara with his arm, but the official waved play on.
Modena were incensed that the spot-kick was not awarded and Samp almost compounded their ire by racing up the other end and nearly taking the lead.
Atsushi Yanagisawa's flung in a diagonal cross from the left that deceived Modena goalkeeper Adriano Zancope before curling just wide of the post.
The second half saw an increase in chances for both sides although neither team was overly willing to commit too many men forward.
The first opportunity after the break fell to Samp five minutes in and only the brilliance of Zancope kept the scores level.
Fabio Bazzani looked certain to score when he got on the end of Stefano Sacchetti's right-wing cross to power a downward header towards goal.
But somehow Zancope managed to get a finger-tip to the effort and divert the ball behind for a corner.
Zancope's heroics marked the turning point as Modena took the lead just eight minutes later and then kept Samp from ever really threatening an equaliser in the remaining half hour.
The goal which won the match for Modena stemmed from a quickly-taken free-kick on the edge of the Samp box.
Vignaroli swung in a cross from the left, and with the visitors' defence still in disarray, Kamara ghosted in unmarked at the back post to head home.
Samp coach Walter Novellino threw on substitutes Giacomo Cipriani, Antonio Floro Flores and Cristian Zenoni in search of an equaliser, but the only decent chance of a goal in the final 15 minutes fell to the home side.
Kamara was allowed space on the edge of the area and the Senegalese striker took advantage by firing in a shot which Francesco Antonioli did well to push over.