Sassuolo earned a huge victory at the Bentegodi, giving themselves a chance of safety and sucking Chievo back into danger.
This was a crucial relegation dogfight, as a win would put the Flying Donkeys in a comfortable position, while Sassuolo were in penultimate place despite picking up four points in the last two rounds. Chievo were fresh from a similarly decisive victory over Livorno and had no real injury problems, so confidence was sky high. On the other hand, the Neroverdi had Lorenzo Ariaudo suspended with Marius Alexe, Matteo Brighi, Paolo Bianco, Tomas Manfredini, Luca Marrone and Francesco Acerbi sidelined.
Simone Zaza came sliding in, but was just unable to make contact with Domenico Berardi’s cross, while Bostjan Cesar’s header was off target.
Zaza volleyed a corner, but forced a splendid reaction save under the bar from Michael Agazzi. So did an Antonio Floro Flores free kick and Simone Missiroli volley.
Chievo then failed to make the most of their chance, as Alberto Paloschi got a double save out of Gianluca Pegolo and the third attempt was cleared off the line by Luca Antei.
Sassuolo took the surprise lead at the Bentegodi, as Berardi ran on to a long ball, chested it down between centre-backs and placed the precise angled drive across the goalkeeper.
The visitors continued to push and Zaza’s powerful shot was beaten away by Agazzi. It was all Sassuolo in Verona, as Agazzi parried from Zaza and an Antonio Floro Flores free kick whistled just wide.
There was also bad news, as Berardi received a yellow card for taking down Perparim Hetemaj and will be suspended against Juventus.
Chievo threatened to equalise right at the death, but Gennaro Sardo nodded an Adrian Stoian cross over the bar.