SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 35 - 4 May 2013 (17.00 UK)
Chievo 0 - 0 Cagliari
Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi

Chievo largely dominated this match, but were unable to break down a dogged Cagliari side in this 0-0 draw.

The Flying Donkeys were seeking the last few points to be sure of their Serie A status, while the Sardinians were comfortably mid-table. Sergio Pellissier is out for the season with damaged ankle ligaments, but Nicolas Frey and Bostjan Cesar were back from suspension. Albin Ekdal and Daniele Dessena returned, but Mauricio Pinilla began a three-match ban, while Andrea Cossu, Danilo Avelar, Matias Cabrera and Francesco Pisano were sidelined.

It was a special day for Daniele Conti, who on 408 official games set a new record in the Cagliari jersey.

Cagliari threatened after three minutes, as Christian Puggioni did well to parry when Marco Sau was sent clear on goal.

Luca Rossettini threw himself at an Alberto Paloschi shot to charge it down, then the Chievo striker just failed to intercept a poor Radja Nainggolan backpass. Conti also blasted over the bar.

Chievo went extremely close before the break when Frey knocked down a Cyril Thereau cross for Boukary Drame’s volley well parried by Agazzi. Paloschi was flagged offside before he could turn in the rebound.

On the stroke of half-time Paloschi tried to burst through the middle of the Cagliari defence, but was blocked off and hurt his shoulder in the fall. He was able to start the second half with heavy strapping.

Chievo were far more aggressive after the break and pinned the Rossoblu back into their own half. Gabriel Perico desperately cleared a Thereau effort for a corner. The French striker then got into a loud argument with teammate Paloschi, who had wanted him to pass the ball despite being marked.

Agazzi was alert to deal with a cheeky Thereau cross-shot that was heading under the bar, then Conti charged down a Luca Rigoni snapshot, as it was all Chievo.

Cagliari finally had a chance on 75 minutes, as Thiago Ribeiro’s corner found a Davide Astori volley off target. That was a brief respite, though, as Astori deflected a Drame strike out for a corner and Dario Dainelli nodded a Thereau set piece wide.

Radja Nainggolan had a fantastic opportunity from distance in the final stages, his long-range snapshot skimming the woodwork.

Ekdal should’ve scored in the last minute, but hit a fresh-air shot on the pull-back. Sebastian Eriksson curled inches over the bar with practically the final shot of the game, as Cagliari left it too late to enter the game.


Chievo: Puggioni; Frey, Dainelli, Andreolli, Cesar (Sardo 80), Dramè; Rigoni, Hetemaj, Cofie (Luciano 59); Paloschi (Stoian 70), Thereau
Cagliari: Agazzi; Perico, Rossettini, Astori, Murru; Dessena (Ribeiro 65), Conti, Ekdal, Nainggolan; Nenè (Ibarbo 74), Sau (Eriksson 88)
Ref: Pinzani