SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 19 - 29 Dec 2018 (14.00 UK)
Chievo 1 - 0 Frosinone
Giaccherini 76 (C)
Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi

Emanuele Giaccherini’s free kick gave Chievo their first victory of the season, dooming 10-man Frosinone.

This was a relegation dogfight between the bottom two, but while the Flying Donkeys had suffered their first defeat under Domenico Di Carlo, ending six consecutive stalemates, the Canarini were revitalised by new Coach Marco Baroni by drawing against Udinese and Milan. Joel Obi and Fabrizio Cacciatore missed out for the hosts, but Luca Paganini, Lorenzo Ariaudo, Francesco Cassata, Federico Dionisi and Emil Hallfredsson were carrying injuries for the visitors.

Chievo had won both previous Serie A meetings between these sides, scoring seven goals and conceding one.

Sergio Pellissier rose at the near post to nod in the corner, but it was disallowed using VAR because Ivan Radovanovic was judged to be in an offside position and interfering with play, as his presence prevented Marco Sportiello coming out to intercept the ball.

Frosinone threatened to go in front too, Stefano Sorrentino performing a desperate save on the line from Raman Chibsah’s header on a corner.

Marco Capuano received his second yellow card for a foul on Ivan Radovanovic, reducing Frosinone to 10 men for the last half-hour.

Emanuele Giaccherini broke the deadlock 15 minutes later with a sensational free kick curled into the near top corner.

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Chievo: Sorrentino; Depaoli, Bani, Rossettini, Barba (Tomovic 45); Giaccherini, Hetemaj, Radovanovic, Birsa (Kiyine 77); Djordjevic (Stepinski 69), Pellissier
Frosinone: Sportiello; Goldaniga, Salamon, Capuano; Ghiglione, Chibsah, Maiello (Ciofani 87), Crisetig (Campbell 81), Beghetto; Ciano, Pinamonti
Ref: Rocchi

Sent off: Capuano 58 (F)