ROME — Domenico Berardi scored with a bicycle kick in a 1-0 win for Sassuolo over Sampdoria in Serie A on Saturday.
Berardi first attempted a header which was blocked then connected on the rebound from close range with his overhead effort.
It was the 14th goal this season for Berardi, who is developing into a key member of Italy’s squad for the European Championship.
Still holding out hope for a Europa League spot, Sassuolo moved within three points of seventh-placed Roma, which visits Cagliari on Sunday.
Claudio Ranieri’s Sampdoria remained ninth and dropped to 10 points behind eighth-placed Sassuolo.
Last-place Crotone beat second-to-last Parma 4-3 with two goals from Simeon “Simy” Nwankwo.
With 19 goals, Nwankwo trails only Cristiano Ronaldo (25) and Romelu Lukaku (21) in the league’s scoring chart.
Also, Genoa defeated Spezia 2-0 with scores from Gianluca Scamacca and Eldor Shomurodov to move eight points clear of the relegation zone.
Promoted Spezia remained only five points above the drop zone.