SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 19 - 22 Jan 2012 (14.00 UK)
2 - 2 Chievo
Paloschi 3, 24 (C), Esposito 30 (L), Di Michele 93 (L)
Stadio Via Del Mare

Lecce spectacularly fought back from 2-0 down for a stoppage-time equaliser against a stunned Chievo.

Serse Cosmi’s men dragged themselves off the foot of the table, albeit only on goal difference, with a shock 1-0 win away to Fiorentina. They still only had one point from eight home games, though, and hoped to break that Stadio Via del Mare taboo. Guillermo Giacomazzi was suspended with Daniele Corvia, Manuel Giandonato, Edward Ofere, Andrea Bertolacci and Moris Carrozzieri sidelined. Chievo were boosted by their midweek Coppa Italia victory over Udinese and had a full squad to choose from.

The Flying Donkeys had lost four of their last five trips to Lecce, winning only in 2002 and 2003.

It took just over 90 seconds for Chievo to break the deadlock, as the two centre-backs Nenad Tomovic and Andrea Esposito failed to deal with a long ball, allowing Alberto Paloschi to pop between them for a decisive finish.

Lecce went so close to an equaliser, as the Brivio cross found Luis Muriel at the back post for a stunning right-foot volley that cracked against the upright with Stefano Sorrentino beaten.

Chievo took their chances and the Salentini did not, which is why the visitors doubled their advantage. The defence crumbled and Esposito comically lost the ball under pressure from Sergio Pellissier, allowing Under-21 international Paloschi to lob the stranded Benassi.

It was almost 3-0 a few minutes later, but Benassi performed an extraordinary reaction save to push Cyril Thereau’s downward header off the line, then the Frenchman blasted the follow-up wide.

Instead, Esposito got Lecce back into the game and made up for his earlier error. Sorrentino came out to thin air on a corner, allowing Esposito to nod in relatively undisturbed.

Muriel sprung the offside trap only to flash an angled drive inches past the far post, then Sorrentino needed a great save to stop Brivio’s left-foot strike from completing the comeback and had his gloves stung by a Di Michele counter-attack.

It was still wide open after the break with Ruben Olivera’s free kick skimming the top corner of the net, while Juan Cuadrado also went extremely close when he skipped past Pellissier and Thereau to lob just over the bar.

Lecce poured forward continually in the second half and deep into stoppages Di Michele came sliding in at the back post to volley in a dangerous Pasquato cross, sending the Stadio Via del Mare crowd wild.


: Benassi; Tomovic, Esposito, Ferrario (Obodo 46); Oddo, Cuadrado (Piatti 76), Grossmuller (Pasquato 84), Olivera, Brivio; Muriel, Di Michele
Chievo: Sorrentino; Sardo, Andreolli, Cesar, Jokic; Luciano, Bradley, Sammarco (Hetemaj 76); Thereau; Pellissier (Cruzado 67), Paloschi (Moscardelli 87)
Ref: Mazzoleni