CHIEVO 2-1 UDINESE
Maicosuel 1 (Udinese), Pellissier 13 (Chievo), Rigoni 41 (Chievo)
Despite taking the lead with the quickest goal of the season so far, Udinese succumbed to a shock defeat, against a Chievo side who recorded their first victory of the season.
The game got off to a blistering start, when Maicosuel dribbled the ball into the net after 50 seconds, leaving the Chievo defence red faced, after Di Natale’s replacement had latched on to a dreadful backpass by Slovenian centre-half Bostjan Cesar. Sannino was infuriated to see his team concede such an avoidable goal so early on in the game, especially considering that the defence had already been under the spotlight during the week for poor defensive displays.
Chievo responded well, and found the net in the 13th minute when captain, Sergio Pellissier, buried his shot into the left hand corner of the goal. It was Pellissier’s first goal of the season, and it gave the Gialloblu the confidence to go looking for more. Chievo poured forward on numerous occasions, and Kelava had to make a superb double save on Paloschi, and Sestu. Rigoni’s header went inches past the back post, and Pellissier strange shoulder shot clipped the far post, as a result of Kelava’s goalkeeping error.
The pressure eventually paid off, when Luca Rigoni’s strike took a huge deflection off of Danilo to send it flying over Croatian keeper, Ivan Kelava. It was the first time Chievo had led a match at home, since they beat Napoli, 2-0, at the Bentegodi back in March, which was over six months ago.
Guidolin decided to bring Toto Di Natale on at the beginning of the second half, and he had Udinese’s first opportunity of the second half, albeit a tame shot that Puggioni easily saved. The pendulum had swung, and the second half was all Udinese, but despite a lot of the ball, the Zebrette’s first real chance didn’t come until the 73rd minute when Serbian wing-back Dusan Basta smashed a half volley against the top of the crossbar.
Udinese failed to create many opportunities throughout the second half, but when Polish teenager, Piotr Zielinski chipped a lovely ball over the Chievo defence in the 93rd minute, Di Natale was unable to latch on to the golden chance. Udinese were given one last chance when they were given a free kick on the left hand side. All of the Udinese players piled into the box, including goalkeeper Ivan Kelava, but unfortunately for them the chance came to nothing. Chievo had defended valiantly in the second half, and despite not testing Udinese’s goal once in the second forty-five, the Mussi Volanti were relieved to have finally achieved their first win.
Elsewhere in Serie A, Cagliari drew with Sampdoria, 2-2. Cagliari took the lead with an outstanding goal from Swedish midfielder Albin Ekdal, which could already be a contender for goal of the season. Pawel Wszolek had a goal incorrectly chalked off for an appalling offside call, which obviously aggravated Delio Rossi and his coaching staff. Sampdoria did get back in the game through Manolo Gabbiadini in the 89th minute, but an incredible stoppage time saw Cagliari restore the lead for a matter of minutes, only to concede another painful equaliser, all down – yet again- to a Michael Agazzi mistake. It was a real kick in the teeth for the Sardinian’s, who have had a solid start to the season, losing only one game.
Chievo Lineup – Manager: Giuseppe Sannino
Puggioni – Bernardini – Cesar – Frey – Drame – Sestu (Hetemaj 74) – Radovanovic – Rigoni – Estigarribia – Pellissier (Thereau 88) – Paloschi (Bentivoglio 90)
Udinese Lineup – Manager: Francesco Guidolin
Kelava – Danilo – Bubnjic (Zielinski 80) – Heurtaux – Basta – Allan – Agyemang-Badu (Pereyra 63) – Lazzari (Di Natale HT) – Gabriel Silva – Maicosuel – Muriel
Referee: Dino Tommasi
Stadium: Bentegodi (Verona)