Serie A Week 34 - 1 May 2021 (14.00 UK)
Verona 1 - 1 Spezia
Salcedo 46 (V), Saponara 86 (S)
Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi

Riccardo Saponara came off the bench to snatch a late Spezia equaliser and cancel out Eddie Salcedo’s header, but Verona had two goals disallowed and hit the crossbar.

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Hellas had lost seven of their last eight matches and had Federico Ceccherini suspended, with Miguel Veloso, Ronaldo Vieira and Marco Benassi injured. This game was above all important for Spezia, who were only two points clear of the relegation zone.

The game was barely 15 seconds old when Kevin Lasagna stung Ivan Provedel’s gloves, then Kevin Lasagna had the ball in the net within three minutes. However, the goal was disallowed for an offside position in the build-up.

Spezia also had a goal chalked off, as M’Bala Nzola clearly met the cross with his outstretched arm to turn in from six yards. That entirely avoidable yellow card means he’ll be suspended against Napoli.

Daniele Verde skimmed the bar with an audacious curler from distance, having spotted Marco Silvestri off the line.

Provedel made a remarkable reaction save from point-blank range on Eddie Salcedo’s header from six yards, while at the other end Estevez saw his scorcher whistle just wide.

Lasagna saw his second goal disallowed on 43 minutes, as he was offside when dinking the delicate finish over the on-rushing goalkeeper.

Verona really should’ve taken the lead with the last kick of the half, but a free kick went past everyone to find Salcedo at the back post, firing onto the upright from five yards.

Hellas finally made it count within 33 seconds of the restart. Darko Lazovic burst down the left and floated a cross to the far post, where Salcedo out-jumped everyone to nod in the opening goal.

Verona nearly had another goal soon after, as Federico Dimarco’s free kick was fingertipped onto the crossbar.

Spezia tried to fight back, Silvestri pushing a Federico Ricci free kick over the bar, then Verde not making the most of a rapid counter-attack and Nzola misfiring on an Emanuel Gyasi pull-back.

The Spezia pressure was growing and paid off when Riccardo Saponara ran onto a Kevin Agudelo through ball, held off Ilic and placed his angled drive through Silvestri’s legs at the near post.

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Verona: Silvestri; Dawidowicz, Magnani (Gunter 77), Dimarco; Faraoni, Sturaro (Tameze 46), Barak, Lazovic; Salcedo (Ilic 65), Zaccagni (Bessa 60); Lasagna (Kalinic 60)
Spezia: Provedel; Vignali, Ismajli, Chabot, Marchizza; Estevez, Ricci (Acampora 83), Maggiore (Sena 66); Verde (Agudelo 66), Nzola, Gyasi (Saponara 83)
Ref: Volpi