Parma stuns Roma and clinches first Serie A win since November

Coming into the game on the back of three successive victories, the loss takes Roma to fifth place, two points behind Atalanta.

Dennis Man of Parma Calcio 1913 battles for possession with Gianluca Mancini of A.S Roma during the Serie A match between Parma Calcio and AS Roma at Stadio Ennio Tardini on March 14, 2021 in Parma, Italy.   -  Getty Images

Relegation battling Parma stunned AS Roma by beating the Champions League hopefuls 2-0 at the Stadio Ennio Tardini on Sunday to end a 17-match winless run in Serie A.

Valentin Mihaila fired the hosts to an early lead before Hernani’s second-half penalty sealed a deserved win for Roberto D’Aversa’s side, its first victory since Nov. 30.

Roma goalkeeper Pau Lopez denied Dennis Man with a good save early in the second half as Parma put in an impressive performance to earn its third win of the season.

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Parma remained in 19th place, but the victory took them to 19 points, three adrift of safety.

Roma came into the game on the back of three consecutive wins in all competitions, including a comprehensive 3-0 Europa League last-16 first-leg win over Shakhtar Donetsk on Thursday, but the defeat left the team in fifth place, two points behind Atalanta.

Earlier on Saturday, Bologna earned a 3-1 home win over Sampdoria to move into 12th place, one point and one place behind the visitors.

Musa Barrow and Mattias Svanberg struck either side of Fabio Quagliarella’s goal in the first half before Roberto Soriano wrapped up the win.

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