Fabrizio Miccoli had his first start under Gian Piero Gasperini and scored an unbelievable hat-trick, including a goal from midfield!
It was crisis time for both teams going into the Stadio Barbera. Gian Piero Gasperini had lost both his games in charge since replacing Giuseppe Sannino, while on Friday the Rosanero brought in new director Pietro Lo Monaco. Steve Von Bergen was suspended, joining the injured Eran Zahavi and Milan Milanovic.
Chievo had started the season with a win, but then lost four on the bounce. Sergio Pellissier was ruled out of the trip by a bout of kidney stones along with Luciano, Alberto Paloschi and Lorenzo Squizzi, so Davide Moscardelli started in attack.
Marco Rigoni turned wide by a matter of inches from a Perparim Hetemaj assist after seven minutes.
However, Fabrizio Miccoli made his first start under Gasperini and an immediate impact, as one of his trademark free kicks curled into the top corner despite Stefano Sorrentino getting a hand to it. This was only the second goal scored by Palermo all season.
The Sicilians went so close to a second, as Sorrentino performed a reaction save on Massimo Donati’s close-range header.
Chievo drew level from a Marco Rigoni corner, which went past everyone to surprise Samir Ujkani and curl straight in.
David Di Michele’s header shaved the crossbar and Ujkani needed two attempts to get a Moscardelli left-foot shot under control.
Having seen Rigoni score directly from a corner, Miccoli tried the same after the restart and forced a difficult save out of Sorrentino.
Miccoli did get a fantastic second strike to his name in this match to send the home fans wild. The Pocket Striker gathered from Franco Brienza in the D, spun round to shae off two players, dribbled past a third and placed the low drive in at the near post.
However, Palermo went down to 10 men thanks to a moment of madness from Brienza, who blatantly stuck out an arm to intercept a counter-attack when Luigi Giorgi was caught in possession. It was his second yellow card.
Miccoli stung Sorrentino’s palms again and it was substitute Stoian’s opportunity to hit the post directly from the corner flag.
However, Miccoli turned Cofie inside out at the corner flag, dribbled into the box past another two tackles and unfortunate Sorrentino could only parry it into the path of Giorgi to turn into the empty net.
Miccoli wasn’t done yet, as he completed his hat-trick with an amazing goal! He volleyed it from 41 metres out – practically the centre circle – under the bar! It was very similar to a strike scored by Giuseppe Mascara a few years back for Catania.
Sent off: Brienza 62 (P)