The goalkeepers were decisive at the Tardini, particularly on Jonathan Biabiany and Cyril Thereau.
A lot is expected of the Ducali this season, as they will celebrate their Centenary and have brought in Antonio Cassano. Daniele Galloppa and Gabriel Paletta were out injured for this match, but Amauri partnered FantAntonio. Chievo are under new management with Giuseppe Sannino, who had to do without the injured Dario Dainelli and banned duo Riccardo Improta and Simone Bentivoglio.
Chievo had a couple of great scoring opportunities in quick succession. Antonio Mirante was at full stretch to flap away a Cyril Thereau looping header, then Alberto Paloschi sprung the offside trap and Mirante used his legs to parry one-on-one.
A deflected Marco Marchionni volley whistled wide and from that corner Puggioni got down well to beat away a long-range Jaime Valdes strike.
Cristian Puggioni had to be alert and rushed off his line to stop Amauri turning in a Cassano through ball, then the Brazilian-Italian’s volley was charged down by Bostjan Cesar.
Cassano threaded through to the near post for Amauri, but he was unable to fire in from a tight angle. Chievo should’ve scored, but the ball fell to Gennaro Sardo who scuffed it with a real defender’s shot into Mirante’s arms.
Mirante flew to palm away an Alessio Sestu curler and Puggioni performed a stunning one-handed save on Jonathan Biabiany’s header from point-blank range from a Cassano cross.
Nicola Sansone fired off target with practically his first touch, but neither side was able to break the deadlock.