SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 29 - 25 Mar 2012 (14.00 UK)
Chievo 1 - 1
Acerbi 9 (C), Destro 51 (S)
Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi

Mattia Destro wiped out an early Francesco Acerbi opener, as Chievo and Siena shared the points.

The Flying Donkeys were comfortably mid-table and Siena hoped to be there too, but shot themselves in the foot last week with a surprise home defeat to Novara. The Tuscans also went out of the Coppa Italia Final on Wednesday, losing 2-0 to Napoli, so fatigue was a risk.

Chievo had Luciano and Luca Rigoni suspended, with Uribe, Santiago Morero and Gulan sidelined. The visitors saw Claudio Terzi out on a ban, joining the injured Francesco Bolzoni, Gonzalez, Angelo, Gaetano D’Agostino and Emanuele Calaio.

It took only nine minutes for Chievo to break the deadlock with Francesco Acerbi. The corner initially found a diving Marco Andreolli header on to the crossbar, then Cyril Thereau’s follow-up ricocheted into the net off Acerbi’s chest.

Siena also threatened with an angled drive from Giorgi, while Mattia Destro’s right-foot strike skimmed the crossbar. Simone Vergassola was a fraction too late to tap in a Destro cross.

Destro thought he was running clear on goal before a perfectly-timed Acerbi sliding tackle cut him short. At the other end, Sergio Pellissier couldn’t make the most of a Paloschi pull-back and fired wide.

In first half stoppages Nicolas Frey almost scored by accident, as a long-range attempt took a large bounce off the turf and Pegolo had to flap it out from under the bar.

Siena got their equaliser at the dawn of the second half with Destro, who pounced on a bizarre Michael Bradley backpass and kept his cool to dribble round a stunned Stefano Sorrentino.

A Simone Vergassola strike skimmed the bar, while Destro’s first touch let him down from a very long Cristian Del Grosso pass.

Bad news for Chievo late on, as substitute Davide Moscardelli was stretchered off with a suspected thigh strain.


Chievo: Sorrentino; Frey, Andreolli, Acerbi, Drame; Sammarco (Vacek 83), Bradley, Hetemaj; Thereau; Paloschi (Moscardelli 70) (Cruzado 90), Pellissier
: Pegolo; Vitiello, Pesoli (Contini 74), Rossettini, Del Grosso; Giorgi (Sestu 67), Vergassola, Gazzi, Brienza; Destro, Bogdani (Larrondo 80)
Ref: Doveri