Chievo continued their revival under Eugenio Corini, thrashing Livorno 3-0.
The Flying Donkeys were still joint bottom of the table, but their confidence was soaring after beating local rivals Hellas Verona on the debut of Coach Eugenio Corini. Sergio Pellissier continued his ban for insulting the officials, while Andrea Luci was suspended for Livorno. The Amaranto really needed a boost after losing six of their last eight games.
Emerson went very close in the opening minutes when his shot from distance took a wicked swerve to skim the far top corner.
Marco Biagianti’s long-range effort was smothered by Christian Puggioni and Perparim Hetemaj risked a second booking on 33 minutes for his collision with Paulinho.
Chievo broke the deadlock with a well-worked move, though Francesco Bardi could’ve done a lot better. Luca Rigoni combined with Marcelo Estigarribia to fire low into the near bottom corner.
Puggioni palmed a Luca Siligardi strike out for a corner at the near post, then plucked Paulinho’s header out of the air.
After the restart Dejan Lazarevic curled just wide and Chievo doubled their advantage. Cyril Thereau started the move and continued his run through the middle to fire in as Hetemaj rolled back into the middle. The Livorno defence was all at sea and allowed him far too much time and space.
Boukary Drame and Thereau combined with a series of passes to burst into the box, but the Frenchman’s attempt was charged down for a corner.
Lazarevic fired off target from a smart Bentivoglio assist and Puggioni beat away Thereau’s screamer, but Chievo got their third goal. Gennaro Sardo won back possession and burst down the right to pull back for Alberto Paloschi. Bardi got a hand to it, but could do nothing on the rebound for the striker who had only been on for 100 seconds.
Leandro Greco was unlucky late on, as his free kick smacked against the woodwork.