Matteo Pessina scored a late goal to give Hellas Verona a potentially crucial six-pointer away to Lecce.
This was a very early relegation battle between two teams who were only promoted from Serie B over the summer. Matteo Mancosu was not 100 per cent fit, but still sent La Mantia to the Lecce bench, with Diego Farias suspended after his red card in the 3-0 defeat to Inter. Amrabat was given his first Verona start, with Salvatore Bocchetti still not ready, but Pawel Dawidowicz suspended.
Rrahmani should’ve put Verona in front, but his header was somehow kept out by Gabriel, then Miguel Veloso’s free kick was over the bar.
On 21 minutes, Verona were only denied by the woodwork, as again Rrahmani got to a Veloso set play and Zaccagni flicked the header on to hit the post from point-blank range.
Darko Lazovic tested Gabriel and Gianluca Lapadula nodded wide under pressure, but Hellas scored the winner with nine minutes to go.
It was a pull-back from Zaccagni, let through by a dummy, and substitute Pessina took a touch to sweep it in from 11 yards. It was the former Atalanta midfielder’s first Serie A goal.
Lecce thought they’d got at least a point late on, but Silvestri at full stretch fingertipped Matteo Mancosu’s daisy-cutter round the upright.
It was a late siege from the Salentini and Hellas clung on.
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