NEWCASTLE, England (AP) – Parma remain in the hunt for a place in Europe next season after beating Siena 2-0 to move level on points with Roma in eighth place in Serie A.
Roberto Donadoni's side now need to hope that either Inter Milan or Lazio lose their last two fixtures to give them any chance of playing in Europe next season.
They would then have to beat Bologna next weekend and hope Roma fail to match their result to book a place in the Europa League.
A goal from Sebastian Giovinco midway through the second half turned a lifeless game in Parma's favour before Sergio Floccari sealed the win in stoppage time.
With both sides having already fulfilled their objectives for the season, it was no surprise that the game was more of a lunchtime kick-about among friends rather than a serious Serie A fixture.
Even the referee was not intent on over-exerting himself, showing just two yellow cards and letting the play continue at its unhurried rate.
Parma knew that they may still have an outside chance of clinching a place in Europe with a win and they were slightly more active, although chances were at a premium, especially in the first half.
Giovinco tried to create a few openings, but he appeared to have a different script to the other 21 players on the field.
Mattia Destro picked up the reins for Siena and had a few good chances to put the home side in front
It was going to take something spectacular to win it, and Giovinco provided it in the 67th minute.
Minutes after claiming a penalty, the pint-sized Italy international sent in an unstoppable shot on the volley from 25 yards out which beat Gianluca Pegolo inside the top right-hand corner, drawing applause even from the home fans.
Floccari then added a second in stoppage time, pouncing on a mistake by Matteo Contini to take the ball round Pegolo and dispatch it into the open goal to earn Donadoni's men all three points and a new club record of six wins in a row in Serie A.