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Italian Serie A

Renzo Barbera (ATT 12,411) 30th September 2012 - Kick off 14:00 Ref: M Bergonzi

Palermo Palermo vs Chievo Chievo

Palermo 4

F Miccoli (13, 59, 82)
F Brienza (S/O 62)
L Giorgi (80)

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Chievo 1

M Rigoni (27)

Miccoli is hat-trick hero

Last Updated: 30/09/12 4:59pm

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Fabrizio Miccoli enjoys the first goal of his hat-trick.

Fabrizio Miccoli enjoys the first goal of his hat-trick.

Fabrizio Miccoli hit a hat-trick as Palermo beat Chievo 4-1 to heap more pressure on visiting coach Domenico Di Carlo.

Di Carlo had received a vote of confidence from the club's sporting director Giovanni Sartori during the week but his players did nothing to further enhance his job security with a limp display.

In contrast, it was a first win in charge for new Palermo boss Gian Piero Gasperini following two defeats - and he will be toasting Miccoli tonight.

The veteran striker opened the scoring after 13 minutes and restored the hosts' advantage after Marco Rigoni equalised.

Luigi Giorgi made it 3-1 with 10 minutes to go before Miccoli completed his treble shortly afterwards.

Chievo had the better of the opening exchanges before Miccoli struck the opener with a wonderful free-kick which swerved away from Chievo goalkeeper Stefano Sorrentino.

Chievo, who had lost four on the spin coming into today's clash, responded well with Boukary Drame seeing a 20-yard drive well saved by Samir Ujkani.

And they grabbed a deserved leveller when Rigoni found space in the six-yard box to stab home from a tight angle.

Rigoni was involved again as Chievo searched for a half-time lead, his corner nodded narrowly over by Paul Papp before David Di Michele also came close.

They may have looked dangerous on the break but Chievo's defence was to prove their undoing.

After Edgar Barreto had seen a shot saved by Sorrentino, Miccoli struck again.

The stocky 33-year-old shrugged off the attention of three Chievo defenders before placing a shot past Sorrentino. His wild celebrations, which included the removal of his shirt, earned him a yellow card.

Palermo's Franco Brienza was also shown a yellow a minute later for deliberate handball but unfortunately for him it was his second of the afternoon and he was dismissed with 28 minutes to go.

Palermo would have been forgiven for trying to preserve what they had but, instead, they poured forward in search of more goals.

And a third arrived after 80 minutes when Giorgi powered a shot into the roof of the net.

And Chievo's miserable afternoon was completed when Jasmin Kurtic's knockdown was superbly converted by Miccoli for his treble.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 19 46
2 Roma 19 41
3 Lazio 20 34
4 Napoli 19 33
5 Sampdoria 19 33
6 Fiorentina 19 30
7 Genoa 19 28
8 Palermo 19 26
9 Inter Milan 19 26
10 AC Milan 20 26
11 Sassuolo 20 25
12 Udinese 19 24
13 Torino 19 22
14 Verona 19 21
15 Atalanta 19 20
16 Cagliari 20 19
17 Empoli 19 19
18 Chievo 19 18
19 Parma 19 10
20 Cesena 19 9

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