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Published:Tuesday | September 30, 2014 | 12:00 AM
AP Newcastle United's Gabriel Obertan (in air) battles for the ball with Stoke City's Marc Wilson during yesterday's English Premier League match at Stoke City.

STOKE, England (AP): Peter Crouch headed in the only goal as Stoke beat Newcastle 1-0 for their first home victory of the season in the Premier League, ratcheting up the pressure on visiting manager Alan Pardew.

Crouch rose above Fabricio Coloccini to head in a cross from Victor Moses in the 15th minute, which proved enough against a Newcastle side that struggled to create scoring chances and remained without a win this season.

Moses was lively throughout at a rain-drenched Britannia Stadium and appealed unsuccessfully for a penalty when he was pushed down in the area by Yoan Gouffran shortly afterward. Substitute Marko Arnautovic hit the post for Stoke early in the second half.

Jack Colback came closest to equalising when he hit the crossbar from close range late on.

Newcastle are second from bottom with three points from six games and have won only once in 14 top-flight games stretching back to last season, with 10 of those being losses. Stoke climbed to 11th place with eight points.

Udinese now third in Serie A

MILAN (AP): Antonio Di Natale scored twice as Udinese beat struggling Parma 4-2 to move to third in the Serie A standings yesterday.

Palermo also remained mired at the bottom of the table after Filip Djordjevic's hat-trick helped consign Giuseppe Iachini's side to a 4-0 loss at home to Lazio.

Parma took the lead in the 22nd minute when Antonio Cassano threaded the ball through for 18-year-old Jose Mauri to slot into the bottom left corner.

Di Natale restored parity minutes later and fired Udinese in front on the stroke of halftime following a swift counter-attack.

However, there was still time before the break for Cassano to equalise with a cheeky chipped penalty after Silvan Widmer brought down Mauri.

Udinese defender Thomas Heurtaux scored shortly before the hour mark with an acrobatic overhead kick, and Cyril Thereau sealed the result six minutes from time shortly after Parma midfielder Afriyie Acquah had been sent off for a second booking.

Ibrah still out

PARIS (AP): Zlatan Ibrahimovic is out for the match against Barcelona, and Paris Saint-Germain must find a way to cope without him.

Ibrahimovic, the French league's top scorer over the past two seasons, has been ruled out of today's Champions League match with a left heel injury. He missed the last two PSG games because of the injury and coach Laurent Blanc said intensive treatment up until yesterday morning failed to resolve the problem.

"We tried this morning. But in reality, I'd already started preparing for the match without him," Blanc said. "It won't be easy and we know it. We had some difficult games without him last season. The opponents are much more attentive when he's around."