SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 37 - 6 May 2012 (14.00 UK)
Palermo 4 - 4 Chievo
Miccoli pen 10, 19, 74 (P), Pellissier pen 27, 71 (C), Uribe 30 (C), Luciano 46 (C), Silvestre 89 (P)
Stadio Renzo Barbera

Fabrizio Miccoli scored a hat-trick in a quite astounding eight-goal thriller at the Stadio Barbera!

Bortolo Mutti waved goodbye to the Stadio Barbera, having helped secure safety when becoming their third Coach of the campaign. Chievo visited Sicily and were comfortably mid-table, though Cyril Thereau, Boukary Drame, Marco Andreolli, Dario Dainelli and Davide Moscardelli were carrying injuries.

Palermo went close early on as Fabrizio Miccoli chested down the ball outside the box and smashed a half-volley just over the bar.

Giulio Migliaccio fell between Jokic and Luca Rigoni for a penalty to the Rosanero. Miccoli stepped up and with a stuttering run-up sent Stefano Sorrentino the wrong way, placing it slowly into the near bottom corner.

Miccoli got a second soon after, as Migliaccio pounced on a poor defensive error and the Pocket Striker kept his cool to chest it down and blast home.

The referee awarded another penalty, but this time to Chievo, as Pisano charged down a Sergio Pellissier cross with his arm from close range. It was a controversial decision, but Pellissier buried the spot-kick by sending Emiliano Viviano the wrong way.

Incredibly, Chievo completed their comeback moments later, as Uribe capitalised on a rare start and some chaotic defending by prodding in the equaliser from just inside the box.

It was wide open at the Barbera and Igor Budan burst between defenders and pounced on a Jokic error, but could only hit the side-netting. Sorrentino stuck out a leg to parry Miccoli’s cross-shot, then Budan just failed to get on the end of a free kick.

Chievo went in front just 22 seconds after the restart, as Uribe rolled across for Luciano to get in front of Bertolo and slide in from six yards.

Uribe’s angled drive forced Viviano into a tricky one-handed save from close range, then the goalkeeper also denied Cruzado.

It was one-way traffic and Palermo seem to have started their summer vacation a little too early, as Pellissier sprung the offside trap from Cruzado’s assist to go clear and drill comfortably past Viviano. Incredibly, Chievo had not scored for five games and suddenly got four in one afternoon.

Miccoli was the last to give in and completed his hat-trick with a sensational volley. He let Massimo Donati’s chipped pass drop over his shoulder and swung his right boot to slam it under the bar.

Palermo nearly got it back to 4-4 as Miccoli floated a cross from the by-line to Abel Hernandez, whose header was charged down from point-blank range by Bostjan Cesar’s arm, but the referee only awarded a corner.

Miccoli could’ve equalised all by himself, but his free kick cracked against the underside of the crossbar with five minutes to go.

The Sicilians did draw level with Matias Silvestre nodding in off the underside of the bar from a corner kick. Curiously, the corner had not originally been awarded until Acerbi 'confessed' his touch to the referee.


Palermo: Viviano; Pisano, Silvestre, Milanovic, Mantovani; Migliaccio, Donati, Bertolo (Balzaretti 59); Zahavi (Vazquez 65); Budan (Hernandez 59), Miccoli
Chievo: Sorrentino; Frey, Cesar, Acerbi, Jokic; Vacek (Paloschi 74), Rigoni, Hetemaj; Cruzado; Pellissier, Uribe (Sardo 63)
Ref: Gervasoni