Chievo ended their poor run with a victory away to 10-man Cagliari thanks to Roberto Inglese and Mariusz Stepinski.
The Sardinians suffered a surprise midweek defeat to Sassuolo, ending their run of two consecutive victories, and were eager to get back on track. The Flying Donkeys had just two points from the last four rounds and were yet to keep a clean sheet this season.
The 4-0 drubbing in April was the first time the Sardinians had beaten Chievo, home and away, since a 4-1 result in February 2011. It ended a run of three draws and six defeats in which Cagliari failed to find the net.
The hosts had a series of early shots charged down from Joao Pedro and Fabio Pisacane, while Marco Sau’s looping header was too close to Stefano Sorrentino.
There was a nasty clash of heads between Marco Andreolli and Nicola Rigoni, the Chievo man coming off worse and eventually having to leave because the bleeding would not stop.
Artur Ionita blasted just over from distance, but just before the break, Manuel Pucciarelli knocked it back for Roberto Inglese and the finish was straight at Alessio Cragno.
Chievo took the lead after the restart, as Fabrizio Cacciatore’s cross from the left was met by a stunning Inglese glancing header into the far top corner.
Sorrentino got away with a fumble under pressure from Marco Sau on Cagliari’s corner, then did well to smother at the feet of Paolo Faragò.
Cagliari went down to 10 men when Fabio Pisacane brought down Manuel Pucciarelli for his second bookable offence.
Hetemaj should’ve made it 2-0 in stoppages when he ballooned over an open goal, but Mariusz Stepinski did get it in the net moments later, his daisy-cutter into the near bottom corner for his debut Serie A goal.
Sent off: Pisacane 83 (Ca)