Parma were missing several regulars with Antonio Cassano, Nicola Pozzi and Walter Gargano all injured while Amauri and Alessandro Lucarelli were out through suspension.

However Roberto Donadoni's men made light of their absences to get back to winning ways following defeats to Juventus and Lazio.

Marco Parolo scored a 55th minute winner to seal Parma's second win over Napoli this season and pull level with fifth-placed Inter, who were held 2-2 by Bologna at home on Saturday.

Napoli remained third but after Roma's 3-0 win at Cagliari earlier they are now 12 points adrift of the Giallorossi.

Napoli, fresh from beating leaders Juventus 2-0 last week, created little in the way of real chances in a balanced first half at the Enzo Tardini stadium.

The visitors did have the ball in the net after 10 minutes but Federico Fernandez had strayed offside before nodding Lorenzo Insigne's freekick past Antonio Mirante.

Parma came racing out of the blocks in the second half and after seven minutes Pepe Reina had to intervene with a spectacular diving save to push Jonathan Biabiany's inviting cross into the box to safety.

Three minutes later Reina was left clutching at thin air after Parolo, unmarked on the edge of the box, ran in to drive Gabriel Paletta's cutback from the right flank first-time into the net.

Parma spurned the chance to double their lead when a long cross from midfield found Ezequiel Schelotto but after chesting down, the Italian opted, in vain, to try and set up Biabiany.

Napoli striker Gonazalo Higuain was replaced by Duvan Zapata on 68 minutes and shortly after the Colombian thought he had won a penalty after crumbling under a challenge from Mirante.

Although the 'keeper appeared to make no contact with the ball, Napoli were denied a penalty and Zapata earned a caution for his trouble.

Seven minutes from time Insigne fired wide of Mirante's far post from a tight angle after first-timing a cross from the right.

Zapata then saw his header from Insigne's delightful cross tipped over by Mirante in the closing minutes.