ITALIAN SERIE A

Ennio Tardini, Italy

Referee: Emiliano Gallione | Attendance: 17272

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Parma

  • Davide Lanzafame 45' +2'
  • Davide Lanzafame 46'
  • Stefano Morrone 49'
  • Hernán Crespo 90'

4 - 1

FT

Livorno

  • Tomas Danilevicius 72'

Parma lifted up to eighth

Parma ended an impressive campaign with a stunning final-day victory over Livorno this afternoon.

Davide Lanzafame opened the scoring for Parma on the stroke of half-time before adding his second one minute after the re-start.

Stefano Morrone made it 3-0 in the 48th minute before Livorno's Tomas Danilevicius reduced arrears with 18 minutes remaining.

Hernan Crespo capped off a wonderful afternoon for the hosts by scoring his team's fourth in stoppage time.

The win lifted Parma up to eighth in the final standings while already-relegated Livorno ended a dismal season at the foot of the table.

Parma, who secured top-flight football last month having gained promotion to Serie A last summer, went into the game inspired by last weekend's 3-2 triumph at Juventus.

Livorno's fate was already decided, but head coach Gennaro Ruotolo urged his players to ``go down with dignity'' and they responded to his call with two good chances in the first half hour of the game.

In the 19th minute, Claudio Bellucci struck a fierce shot from 25 yards but Parma goalkeeper Antonio Mirante was equal to his effort and palmed it away.

Two minutes later, Bellucci was at it once more, latching on to another fine pass from Danilevicius on the edge of the box and forcing Mirante to save low to his left.

At the other end, Daniele Galloppa's cross found Alessandro Lucarelli and he fired just wide from close range.

The visitors should have gone in front in the 37th minute.

Cristian Raimondi latched onto Bellucci's cross and his header from the edge of the area was saved by Mirante.

Despite Livorno's efforts, the hosts took the lead on the stroke of half-time.

Davide Lanzafame got behind Jonathan Biabiany's pass and fired from 12 yards past Livorno goalkeeper Francesco Bardi.

Parma picked up where they left off after the re-start and extended their lead soon after.

Francesco Valiani served Lanzafame at the edge of the area and his left-footed strike beat Bardi.

Livorno had little time to react as three minutes later, Parma scored again.

Luca Antonelli fed Morrone on the left and he fired from 20 yards towards the bottom left corner where Bardi could not reach.

Livorno almost reduced arrears after the hour mark.

Luigi Vitale nodded from Cristian Raimondi's cross but his effort was met by a fine save from Mirante.

There was little Mirante could do to deny Livorno hitting the back of the net on 72 minutes.

An unmarked Danilevicius tapped in Davide Marchini's pass to give the visitors hope of a comeback.

Five minutes later, Danilevicius' angled effort was parried away by Mirante.

Parma had the last say seconds from time.

Valeri Bojinov fed Crespo inside the heart of the area and the Argentinian coolly struck past Bardi.

After the final whistle, the Gialloblu players got a standing ovation from the crowd at the Ennio Tardini stadium after a season which has seen them beat the likes of AC Milan, Juventus and Sampdoria.