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Empoli get out of danger, beat Palermo

dpa logodpa 7/01/2017

Empoli lifted themselves well above the drop zone with a vital Serie A win over Palermo.

Empoli veteran striker Massimo Maccarone came on to convert a penalty in Saturday's 1-0 win over Palermo to help his side go seven points clear of the drop zone in the Italian Serie A.

Maccarone, 37, replaced Guido Marilungo in the 76th minute and converted from the spot on 78 after being floored.

Palermo coach Eugenio Corini was dismissed in injury time as he protested over a foul in the box.

Later action pits third-place Napoli against mid-table Sampdoria.

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