Italian Serie A football: Parma v Napoli

Live text commentary as Parma, chasing a European football spot, host Rafa Benitez's Napoli in Serie A.

6 April 2014 Last updated at 19:27

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As it happened

  1. 22:08: 

    That's all for tonight. Leaders Juventus play Livorno on Monday - they cannot afford to lose again, with Roma now only five points behind in Serie A. It's far from done and dusted in the Italian, Spanish and English leagues. And have you seen the Bosnian first division table lately?

    Anyway, the BBC Euro football live texts return in midweek for the concluding episodes of our Champions League quarter-finals drama.

    Be here for that.

    Until then, thanks again for your messages - arrivederci.

  2. 21:58:  
    French Ligue 1FULL-TIME- Monaco 3-1 Nantes

    Monaco have won. They are now just 14 points (fourteen points) behind Paris St-Germain in Ligue 1. Perhaps more importantly, they are six clear of third-placed Lille who were hot on their 'hilles'. Sorry.

  3. 21:52: 
    FULL-TIME- Parma 1-0 Napoli
    Serie A  table

    The table sees Napoli still third on 64 points - 12 points behind second-placed Roma.

    Parma, on the other hand, move up to sixth - level on points with Inter Milan who are in a Europa League spot. The club last took part in European competition back in 2006.

  4. 21:44:  
    French Ligue 1Monaco 3-1 Nantes - Alejandro Bedoya (78 mins)

    It's still all over at the Stade Louis II isn't it? Alejandro Bedoya heads in for Nantes from Johan Audel's cross. There are 12 minutes remaining.

  5. 21:41:  
    French Ligue 1Monaco 3-0 Nantes - James Rodriguez pen (76 mins)

    It definitely is all over now. Maxime Dupe fouls Fabinho in the area. James Rodriguez steps up and scores his second.

  6. 21:37: 
    FULL-TIME- Parma 1-0 Napoli

    It's all over. Parma end their run of three successive defeats, while Napoli are handed their sixth league loss of the season.

  7. 21:35:  
    French Ligue 1Monaco 2-0 Nantes - Andrea Raggi

    The points are secure for second-placed Monaco. Andrea Raggi scores from 12 yards to give all but ensure Claudio Ranieri's side will come away with their 19th league victory of the season.

  8. 21:33: 
    STOPPAGE TIME- Parma 1-0 Napoli

    There are four minutes of stoppage time.

  9. 21:33: 
    CLOSE!- Parma 1-0 Napoli

    Duvan Zapata gets his head to the ball again - but his effort travels two feet over the bar this time. He's getting closer to the target.

  10. 21:27: 
    Five minutes remaining- Parma 1-0 Napoli
    Napoli coach Rafa Benitez

    Napoli have stepped it up but is it too little too late?

  11. 21:27: 
    CLOSE!- Parma 1-0 Napoli

    We haven't used the 'Close!' graphic much today, but that was close. Sub Dries Mertens fires a low ball across the six-yard area which finds Lorenzo Insigne left of the far post, but his angled shot goes wide. Moments later, Duvan Zapata's flicked header flies three feet high of the bar.

  12. 21:24: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Parma 1-0 Napoli

    Napoli coach Rafa Benitez plays one more card - he brings on striker Goran Pandev for Marek Hamsik.

  13. 21:21: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Parma 1-0 Napoli

    It's a penalty, no it's a dive. Well, that's what referee Mauro Bergonzi thought. Duvan Zapata goes down as he tries to beat goalkeeper Antonio Mirante to the ball. Instead of winning a penalty, the ref gives him a yellow. I think the official should take a close look at the video of the match later tonight.

  14. 21:17: 
    Parma 1-0 Napoli

    Napoli's Raul Albiol centre-back takes it upon himself to try to find the net for Napoli, but his strike from 30 yards goes about 15 yards wide.

  15. 21:14: 
    Parma 1-0 Napoli

    There are just under 20 minutes remaining.

  16. 21:12: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Parma 1-0 Napoli

    Napoli coach Rafa Benitez decides to twist. As mentioned earlier, Dries Mertens comes on as does Duvan Zapata, replacing attacking pair Marek Hamsik and Gonzalo Higuain, who didn't look delighted as he came off.

  17. 21:10: 
    Parma 1-0 Napoli

    Gonzalo Higuain finds the side-netting from a very tight angle six yards from goal. That's as close as Napoli have gone to scoring.

  18. 21:09: 
    Parma 1-0 Napoli

    Goalscorer Marco Parolo tries a Pepe/David Beckham/Wayne Rooney but the ball goes very wide of Pepe Reina's goal. I've got a feeling he thinks he can score from anywhere following his opening goal.

  19. 21:06: 
    Parma 1-0 Napoli

    What does Napoli coach Rafa Benitez do now? He has last week's goalscorer Dries Mertens on the bench and Macedonia striker Goran Pandev. Stick or twist?

  20.   
    German Bundesliga

    Europe has plenty of fierce rivalries - Barcelona v Real Madrid, Celtic v Rangers, Manchester United v Liverpool and, er, Eintracht Braunschweig v Hannover.

    Yes that's right, Germany's Lower Saxony derby is right up there in terms of vitriol. It was highlighted on Friday when the Hannover players were met by the gruesome sight of a dead sheep hanging from the gate of their training ground ahead of today's match.

    And it was accompanied by a message from Braunschweig supporters: "Sunday we're going to wipe the floor with you pieces of sewage." Classy.

    Not sure what effect this grisly warning had on the Hannover players - but it was figuratively prophetic. Bottom side Braunschweig cruised to a 3-0 home win over their fierce rivals, who are only four points better off in the Bundesliga table.

  21. 20:57: 
    GOAL- Parma 1-0 Napoli - Marco Parolo (55 mins)
    Parma v Napoli

    A beautiful, beautiful finish by Marco Parolo. His eighth of the season. The Italian midfielder sidefoots his 20-yard effort high and wide of keeper Pepe Reina who didn't have a chance. Then, he races over to the dugout to give a 'high ten' to his boss Roberto Donadoni.

  22. 20:57: 
    Parma 0-0 Napoli

    Half a chance for Parma. Jonathan Biabiany aims his cross for the far post but Pepe Reina punches the ball away before Ezequiel Schelotto can get his well-haired head to the ball.

  23. 20:55: 
    Parma 0-0 Napoli

    One of the great dives of the weekend is performed by Napoli's Marek Hamsik, who in falling following a slight touch by Gabriel Paletta, stumbles for a few yards, before completing his manoeuvre in the area. Our shiny-shirted ref isn't interested.

  24. 20:50: 
    Parma 0-0 Napoli

    There's very little chance of Roberto Donadoni losing his job tonight, but his Parma side will have to produce more bite in attack in the second half. They have a corner but it's headed high over the bar by winger Ezequiel Schelotto.

  25. 20:47: 
    KICK-OFF- Parma 0-0 Napoli

    We are back under way.

  26. 20:47: 
    Parma 0-0 Napoli

    We are about to get back under way at the Stadio Ennio Tardini.

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    Join the debate at #bbceurofooty

    Footy rumours: Napoli need to play the same style as they played against juve, and don't relax.

  28. 20:35: 
    Donadoni anecdote- Parma 0-0 Napoli
    Roberto Donadoni

    I promised you guys this one. I know you've all been hanging on to the edge of your settees.

    After Italy's poor display at Euro 2008, there were strong rumours that coach Roberto Donadoni would not have his contract extended after the championship.

    I called the Italy press office who told me he was going to be told he would lose his job. We reported it here, but were then besieged with calls from the Italian press who had been told something different. I even had to explain myself on Italian radio - in English.

    I slightly panicked but stuck by my guns. A few days later Donadoni was out of a job.

    Worth the wait wasn't it?

  29. 20:32: 
    HALF-TIME- Parma 0-0 Napoli

    It's half-time here. The referee's silky jersey is looking even shinier with a coating of sweat.

  30. 20:31: 
    STOPPAGE TIME

    We have one minute of stoppage time.

  31. 20:30: 
    Parma 0-0 Napoli

    Meanwhile, Napoli coach Rafa Benitez is complaining that his team weren't awarded a free-kick for what looked like to be a elbow to the head - yes, another - of Marek Hamsik.

    This match hasn't come to life yet - we're in the 44th minute.

  32. 20:25:  
    French Ligue 1GOAL- Monaco 1-0 Nantes - James Rodriguez (18 mins)

    Can Monaco produce a miracle and beat Paris St-Germain to the French title? Not likely. But Claudio Ranieri's side are trying to make a fist of it. Colombia midfielder James Rodriguez pings in a delightful left-foot strike to put his team ahead against Nantes.

  33. 20:24: 
    Text us on 81111

    Tom from Milan, via text: Italian football changed when the Bundesliga was given a fourth Champions League place at Serie A's expense. Top players want Champions League and you are more likely to get it in England, Spain and Germany.

  34. 20:23: 
    Parma 0-0 Napoli
    Parma v Napoli

    Back to the game in northern Italy. Not much has happened to be honest. Jose Maria Callejon tries to deliver a killer ball from the right but it's easily clasped by keeper Antonio Mirante.

  35. 20:18: 
    HUGHTON SACKED

    So there you go. It was coming wasn't it? Hughton has a lot of admirers, but the Canaries fans were getting restless.

  36. 20:16: 
    HUGHTON SACKED

    Chris Hughton has been sacked as manager of Norwich City. FA Youth Cup-winning coach Neil Adams has been appointed as first team manager.

  37. 20:13: 
    Parma 0-0 Napoli

    Parma go sort of close. Jonathan Biabiany surges down the left and pokes the ball across goal which is cut out before it can reach Ghanaian Afriyie Acquah.

  38.  
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    Shohidur Rahman: Juve have been comfortably the best team in Italy and they didn't even make it past the group stages. It's gonna be a while.

  39. 20:11: 
    YELLOW CARD- Parma 0-0 Napoli

    Parma's Mattia Cassani goes in the book after appearing to elbow the back of Federico Fernandez's head. The subsequent free-kick is knocked out for a corner. Napoli are pressing again.

  40. 20:06: 
    Parma 0-0 Napoli

    Napoli, obviously buoyed by the win over Juventus last week, look very comfortable. Parma coach Roberto Donadoni looks even more tense than he did pre kick-off - his team haven't started too well. I have a Donadoni anecdote coming up.

  41. 20:04:  
    Dutch Eredivisie
    Dutch Eredivisie

    Ajax have been made to wait for their fourth straight Eredivisie title - until next weekend at least.

    Frank De Boer's side could have been crowned champions earlier today if results had gone their way. But they could only draw 1-1 at Vitesse, while nearest rivals Feyenoord moved within six points after a 2-0 win against RKC Waalwijk.

    The Amsterdammers battled back to take a point as Iceland midfielder Kolbeinn Sigthorsson cancelled out the Vitesse opener from Chelsea loanee Bertrand Traore.

  42. 19:59: 
    Referee's outfit- Parma 0-0 Napoli
    Mauro Bergonzi

    I'm still getting used to referee Mauro Bergonzi jersey. It's shiny and blue like a jockey's silks. It doesn't fit him too well either. Hmmm...

  43. 19:57: 
    DISALLOWED GOAL- Parma 0-0 Napoli

    Goal! No! Lorenzo Insigne floats a free-kick into the area but Federico Fernandez's header is ruled out for offside. Correct decision. That would have been the defender's first goal of the season.

  44. 19:55:  
    Italian Serie AFULL-TIME

    Tonight's game in Parma is the 'carne' of a mouth-watering Italian menu. Here's what happened earlier...

    Lazio 2-0 Sampdoria

    Atalanta 0-2 Sassuolo

    Cagliari 1-3 Roma

    Catania 1-2 Torino

    Fiorentina 2-1 Udinese

  45. 19:52: 
    Parma 0-0 Napoli

    Back to the Stadio Ennio Tardini, Parma's forward/winger Jonathan Biabiany has a pop from the edge of the area but it lands somewhere near Milan.

  46.  
    Monaco v Nantes (20:00 BST)

    OptaJean: Dimitar Berbatov has been involved in four of Monaco's last six goals in Ligue 1 (two goals, two assists).

  47. 19:50: 
    Monaco v Nantes (20:00 BST)

    By the way Euro 'footsters', Ligue 1's second-placed team Monaco host Nantes at 20:00 BST.

    They are 16 points behind leaders Paris St-Germain. They've been looking ahead of them for much of the season but they now need to look over their shoulders, with Lille only three points behind.

    They don't have Falcao available, but ex-Tottenham and Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov will be looking to do some damage in attack.

  48.  
    KICK-OFF- Parma 0-0 Napoli

    We are under way.

  49. 19:46: 
    Parma v Napoli (19:45 BST)

    The teams are out. Parma's ex-Italy manager Roberto Donadoni looks tentative on the bench.

    We are about to kick off.

  50. 19:45: 
    Join the debate at #bbceurofooty

    You might have noticed that there are no Italian teams in the quarter-finals of the Champions League and last season Juve were battered by Bayern Munich at this stage.

    Italy last one 'the big one' when Jose Mourinho's Inter Milan defeated Bayern in the 2010 final - as we all remember Mourinho's tactics played a huge part in that win.

    So do you think an Italian team will win the Champions League again this decade?

    Are Serie A clubs just experiencing a blip in Europe or can you see them struggling to compete with the 'major players' over the next few season?

    Join the debate at #bbceurofooty or text in on 81111

  51.  

    OptaPaolo: Parma and Napoli have not drawn 0-0 in any of their previous 29 Serie A meetings.

  52. 19:41: 
    LINE-UPS- Parma v Napoli (19:45 BST)

    Parma XI: Mirante, Cassani, Paletta, Felipe, Molinaro, Acquah, Marchionni, Parolo, Schelotto, Palladino, Biabiany

    Napoli XI: Reina, Henrique, Fernandez, Albiol, Ghoulam, Inler, Jorginho, Insigne, Hamsik, Callejon; Higuain

  53. 19:38: 
    Parma v Napoli (19:45 BST)

    Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain has not scored in three games but he's in the Napoli starting XI.

    Parma's Amauri is suspended while fellow striker Antonio Cassano is out injured. The experienced Raffaele Palladino will play up front and will be supported by Frenchman Jonathan Biabiany.

  54. 19:34: 
    So Rafa, so good- Parma v Napoli (19:45 BST)

    Some would say that Napoli could have done better this season with the expensively-assembled squad they have, while others say Rafa Benitez has done a good job in his first season in charge.

    It looks like they will finish in a Champions League spot - albeit in the spot where they will need to play a qualifier to reach the group stage.

    They come into this match off an impressive 2-0 win over leaders Juventus, whose advantage at the top of Serie A was cut to five points following Roma's 3-1 win at Cagliari earlier today.

    Juventus play Livorno on Monday.

  55. 19:30:  
    Italian Serie AGolazo!- Parma v Napoli (19:45 BST)
    Faustino Asprilla

    Anyone who remembers Channel Four's Gazzetta Football Italia during the 1990s will also recall that Parma featured prominently, with regularity.

    During that decade they won four European trophies, three Italian cups and finished Serie A runners-up.

    They were one of the more attractive teams in the league, with players such as Faustino Asprilla (pictured), Dino Baggio, Tomas Brolin, Hernan Crespo, Roberto Sensini, Lilian Thuram and Gianfranco Zola all turning out for the Gialloblu.

    However, in the opening decade of this century the club was declared insolvent, reformed and was then relegated after 18 successive years in the top flight.

    What now? Well, under ex-Italy coach Roberto Donadoni they've finished eighth and 10th. At the moment they're seventh.

    A win over Napoli would see them keep in touch with the teams vying for the two Europa League spots.

    So sit back in your slippers because we've got the action coming up.

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League Table

Italian Serie A summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Juventus 20 35 49
No movement 2 Roma 21 18 43
No movement 3 Napoli 20 11 36
No movement 4 Lazio 20 13 34
No movement 5 Sampdoria 20 8 34
No movement 6 Fiorentina 21 9 32
No movement 7 Genoa 21 3 29
No movement 8 Palermo 20 0 27
No movement 9 Udinese 20 -2 27
No movement 10 Inter Milan 20 3 26
No movement 11 Milan 20 3 26
No movement 12 Sassuolo 20 -4 25
No movement 13 Torino 20 -4 25
No movement 14 Verona 20 -10 24
No movement 15 Atalanta 20 -10 20
No movement 16 Empoli 21 -7 20
No movement 17 Cagliari 20 -11 19
No movement 18 Chievo 20 -10 18
No movement 19 Cesena 20 -21 12
No movement 20 Parma 20 -24 9