SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 2 - 27 Aug 2017 (19.45 UK)
Crotone 0 - 0 Verona
Stadio Ezio Scida

This early relegation dogfight at the Stadio Ezio Scida ended in a goalless stalemate, though Crotone hit the bar late on.

The Calabrese club’s first game of the season, a 3-0 defeat to Milan, was difficult to judge considering Federico Ceccherini was sent off within four minutes. He was suspended here, with Aleksandar Tonev injured. Franco Zuculini, Matteo Bianchetti and Brosco missed out for Hellas, but Coach Fabio Pecchia again benched Giampaolo Pazzini.

This was their first ever top flight meeting, but Davide Nicola had never beaten Hellas with two points from six attempts. The Crotone Coach was teammates with Verona boss Pecchia at Siena in 2004-05, though.

Alessio Cerci hit the side-netting and Arlind Ajeti was unlucky not to give Crotone the lead with his left-foot curler skimming the woodwork, leaving goalkeeper Nicolas rooted to the spot.

Crotone had the ball in the back of the net on 64 minutes, but it was correctly disallowed, because Ante Budimir was offside when he started the move, Marcello Trotta eventually turning in the rebound.

Federico Barberis had a great chance for the hosts, his fierce shot skimming the woodwork.

Verona clung on, as in the final stages Ajeti robbed substitute Pazzini and his shot from distance smacked against the crossbar.

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Crotone: Cordaz; Sampirisi, Ajeti, Cabrera, Martella; Faraoni (Crociata 77), Mandragora, Barberis; Stoian (Kragl 68), Budimir, Trotta (Simy 82)
Verona: Nicolas; Romulo, Caceres, Ferrari, Souprayen; Buchel (Zaccagni 78), B Zuculini, Bessa; Cerci (Pazzini 62), Fares (Valoti 73), Verde
Ref: Guida