SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 16 - 16 Dec 2018 (11.30 UK)
Spal 0 - 0
Stadio Paolo Mazza

Chievo matched a club record of five consecutive Serie A draws, but Sergio Pellissier was denied by a goal-line clearance and SPAL hit the bar in stoppages.

This was a tense relegation tussle, as Mimmo Di Carlo was still unbeaten in his three Chievo matches, while SPAL were without a win since October 20. Fabio Depaoli was suspended for the visitors, who also missed Joel Obi, Fabrizio Cacciatore and Nenad Tomovic. These were the worst performing sides of the last 11 rounds, with only four points for the Flying Donkeys and six for SPAL.

It was end to end stuff early doors, as Manuel Lazzari burst into the box and went down under pressure, but the referee waved play on, so Chievo immediately countered and Sergio Pellissier forced a save with his angled drive.

Mohamed Fares had a shot charged down and Lazzari only scuffed the finish from 10 yards, as the cross bobbled in front of him.

Lazzari was decisive at the other end, as Pellissier had gone on a rapid counter from a SPAL corner, beaten Alfred Gomis from the tightest of angles, but Lazzari sprinted back for a desperate goal-line clearance.

That incident frightened SPAL and prompted them to be more defensive, which inevitably lowered the tempo for the rest of the game.

Mirco Antenucci came sliding in at the far post, just unable to meet the Lazzari cross, and Jasmin Kurtic fired just over the bar from distance.

Alberto Paloschi came off the bench and nearly scored against his old club, a half-volley from 12 yards deflected wide by Mattia Bani’s intervention.

SPAL thought they’d won it at the 93rd minute when substitute Sergio Floccari gathered on the edge of the box and curled a scorcher that smacked the crossbar with Stefano Sorrentino well beaten.

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Spal: Gomis; Bonifazi, Felipe, Vicari; Lazzari, Schiattarella (Valoti 87), Missiroli, Fares; Kurtic, Antenucci (Paloschi 77), Petagna (Floccari 61)
: Sorrentino; Bani, Rossettini, Barba, Leris (Kiyine 79); Radovanovic, Hetemaj, Jaroszynski; Giaccherini (Birsa 60), Pellissier (Stepinski 67), Meggiorini
Ref: Banti