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Italian Serie A

Marc' Antonio Bentegodi (ATT 6,000) 26th August 2012 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: G Calvarese

Chievo Chievo vs Bologna Bologna

Chievo 2

S Pellissier (65)
R Cruzado (79)


Bologna 0

D Perez (S/O 87)

Chievo make winning start

Last Updated: 26/08/12 11:51pm

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The hosts celebrate Cruzado's clincher

The hosts celebrate Cruzado's clincher

Chievo kicked off their Serie A season with a workmanlike 2-0 victory over Bologna at Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi.

Talismanic skipper Sergio Pellissier opened the scoring for the hosts in the second half and Rinaldo Cruzado doubled the lead 11 minutes from full-time.

Diego Perez saw red for the visitors with three minutes remaining to compound a disappointing opening day for Bologna.

Chievo almost broke the deadlock in the 25th minute when Cyril Thereau crossed from the right for Pellissier but the veteran frontman headed over.

Bologna's Saphir Sliti Taider and Pellissier then exchanged long-range efforts over the bar, while Thereau also unleashed an effort from 30 yards just before the interval but it was always sailing wide.

Alessandro Diamanti looked lively for Bologna at the start of the second period, showing good skills to deliver a dangerous low cross that evaded his team-mates, before taking aim with an effort from distance that was always rising.

The opening goal arrived in the 65th minute, Thereau again providing the supply line from the channel for Pellissier who stole in to convert a close-range header.

Pellissier should have doubled his tally after 74 minutes when he went through one-on-one with Bologna goalkeeper Federico Agliardi but failed to find the target when he pulled the trigger.

The win was wrapped up five minutes later, however, when Sequeira Luciano's free-kick picked out Cruzado, who drilled a left-footed effort low into the right corner.

Bologna's night was further soured in the 87th minute when Perez was penalised for a professional foul on Pellissier and received a straight red card.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 28 67
2 Roma 28 53
3 Lazio 28 52
4 Sampdoria 28 48
5 Napoli 28 47
6 Fiorentina 28 46
7 Torino 28 39
8 AC Milan 28 38
9 Genoa 27 37
10 Inter Milan 28 37
11 Palermo 28 35
12 Udinese 27 33
13 Empoli 28 33
14 Sassuolo 28 32
15 Chievo 28 32
16 Verona 28 32
17 Atalanta 28 26
18 Cagliari 28 21
19 Cesena 28 21
20 Parma 26 9