Pescara are practically in Serie B after this home defeat, as Chievo struck twice in the final minutes.
This was a relegation dogfight between a side propping up the table and another that was fifth-from-bottom. Pescara’s situation was desperate and they were 11 points behind Chievo, so it was crucial to win on new Coach Cristian Bucchi’s home debut. The Delfini had an injury crisis too, as Mattia Perin, Vladimir Weiss, Alessandro Sforzini, Luciano Zauri, Marco Capuano and Francesco Modesto were all absent. Chievo missed Francesco Acerbi, Gennaro Sardo and Samassa.
Pescara had just one point from the last nine rounds and they were acting like the away side, sitting back and leaving the initiative to Chievo.
Cyril Thereau had a fantastic opportunity after 10 minutes, but one-on-one with Ivan Pelizzoli he fired straight at the goalkeeper after springing the offside trap.
After 15 minutes of tension, Pescara started to push and Gianluca Caprari’s header was well held and Emanuel Cascione nodded over.
However, Chievo rattled the woodwork with Isaac Cofie on 25 minutes. His right-foot drive from the edge of the box smacked against the crossbar.
Giuseppe Sculli tried to wriggle between two players in the box and the ball struck Marco Andreolli on the hand, but the referee judged it to be involuntary.
Thereau’s header skimmed the upright before the break in a great scoring opportunity for Chievo. There was an odd injury for Perparim Hetemaj, who was shoved from behind to clash heads with teammate Andreolli, but was able to continue with a sore nose.
Caprari fired over from distance, Thereau turned to hit the side-netting and then turned over the bar from a promising position. Luciano came off the bench and fired well wide from an excellent position after Adrian Stoian’s backheel flick.
Stoian decided to go for goal himself and probably doomed Pescara to the drop. The ex-Delfino went on another counter-attack and curled a wonderful finish across the goalkeeper into the far top corner.
Pescara tried to fight back in the final minutes, but Elvis Abbruscato nodded Balzano’s cross over. Moments later he had another great chance, firing over the bar from 12 yards.
Instead, Chievo added a second when Luciano’s through ball released Thereau and the French striker kept his cool for an angled drive.