SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 3 - 2 Sep 2018 (19.30 UK)
Chievo 0 - 0 Empoli
Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi

Both sides had chances, but Stefano Sorrentino’s wonder-save was ultimately decisive as Chievo and Empoli shared the spoils.

The Flying Donkeys were sinking fast after a 6-1 hammering at Fiorentina, despite an impressive opening performance in their 3-2 loss to Juventus. Perparim Hetemaj and Fabrizio Cacciatore were not fully fit, while Filip Djordjevic was picked rather than Emanuele Giaccherini. Empoli missed Rodriguez and were unlucky in a 2-1 defeat to Genoa last week, rattling the woodwork twice through Miha Zajc.

Chievo welcomed back Stefano Sorrentino, as the goalkeeper had been out of action since a collision with Cristiano Ronaldo left him with a fractured nose and whiplash.

The Tuscans lost Luca Antonelli after just 14 minutes to injury, making way for veteran Manuel Pasqual. Zajc burst into the box and his dangerous cross-shot was deflected inches off target, then his header sailed just over the bar from a Pasqual cross.

Chievo started to push harder after the restart, as Terracciano smothered a Rossettini header and the powerful Nicola Rigoni volley.

Yet Zajc put a fine cross in for Antonino La Gumina at full stretch, forcing a sensational reaction save out of the returning Sorrentino.

Capezzi had an attempt from distance that flashed just wide of the upright and Empoli hit the back of the net on 73 minutes, Sorrentino parrying an Afriyie Acquah strike into the path of Caputo, but VAR showed it was offside.

Djordjevic tested Terracciano on a Joel Obi assist and Rade Krunic fired inches wide when sent through by Caputo.

Djordjevic thought he’d won it in the final stages, but his header from a corner only skimmed the upright.

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Chievo: Sorrentino; Barba, Bani, Rossettini, Tomovic; Rigoni (Depaoli 72), Radovanovic, Obi (Kiyine 82); Djordjevic, Stepinski (Giaccherini 64), Birsa
Empoli: Terracciano; Di Lorenzo, Maietta, Silvestre, Antonelli (Pasqual 14); Acquah (Benacer 88), Capezzi, Krunic; Zajc; La Gumina (Mraz 77), Caputo
Ref: Giacomelli