Chievo move away from the bottom three after snatching a win at Siena.
Chievo moved away from the bottom three after snatching a 1-0 victory away at Siena.
The hosts created the first clear chance of the match in the 22nd minute when Chrisitan Terzi gave the ball away to Sergio Pellissier, inside the hosts’ half. The veteran striker found Isaac Cofie, whose low strike looked destined for the back of the net if not for Gianluca Pegolo’s fine stop.
Siena looked the hungrier side as the half closed out, with playmaker Alessandro Rosina’s free kick well saved by Christian Puggioni in the 33rd minute. The duel continued in the 40th minute when Rosina let loose from outside the box only to once again be denied by the alert Chievo goalkeeper.
But with both sides looking content to end the half scorless, it was Chievo who broke through to take the lead against the run of play. With seconds remaining, Pellissier countered and sent his right footed effort past Pegolo for his first goal in 2013.
The second half continued where the first left off, and Siena immediately came close to drawing level. Simone Vergassola found himself at the top of the penalty box inside in the 46th minutes, but incredibly sent his effort sailing over the crossbar.
There was controversy after 60 minutes when Siena appeared to have levelled the match. Massimo Paci scored from corner kick, and after initially allowing the goal, referee Paolo Valeri consulted his goal-line official and decided the Siena defender had fouled Bostjan Cesar. Replays suggested it was a harsh decision.
Puggioni continued his standout performance in the 78th minute as Erjon Bogdani knocked down a Michele Paolucci cross only for the Chievo goalkeeper to parry the point-blank shot using his stomach. Chievo almost doubled their lead in the 90th minute when Cyril Thereau’s header at the back post was denied by the arm of Pegolo.