(Reuters) - Sampdoria's veteran forward Fabio Quagliarella inspired them to a rousing comeback at Parma on Sunday as Claudio Ranieri's side hit back from 2-0 down at halftime to win 3-2 and continue their climb up the table.
Samp, who spent much of the season hovering in and around the relegation zone, climbed to 12th with 41 points after their fifth win in six games, one place and one point above their opponents who are going in the other direction.
The two sides produced a thrilling match despite playing in the unpopular late afternoon kickoff slot with a temperature of 31 Celsius.
Ivorian forward Gervinho fired Parma ahead after 18 minutes with a trademark solo goal and Samp defender Bartosz Bereszynski turned Dejan Kulusevski's cross into his own net to double their lead five minutes before halftime.
Gianluca Caprari also had a goal ruled out for Parma in between after VAR spotted that he was offside and Gervinho struck the post on the stroke of halftime.
Julian Chabot began the fightback by heading in from a corner three minutes after the break and Quagliarella curled in the equaliser in the 69th minute, shortly after Gaston Brugman hit the bar for Parma.
The 37-year-old Quagliarella then exchanged passes with halftime substitute Federico Bonazzoli who scored the winner nine minutes later.
(Writing by Brian Homewood; Editing by Ken Ferris)