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Marc' Antonio Bentegodi (ATT 9,500) 21st October 2012 - Kick off 14:00 Ref: M Guida

Chievo Chievo vs Fiorentina Fiorentina

Chievo 1

C Thereau (17)


Fiorentina 1

Gonzalo (18)

Chievo held by Viola

Last Updated: 21/10/12 5:09pm

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Gonzalo Rodriguez: Scored the equaliser

Gonzalo Rodriguez: Scored the equaliser

Chievo and Fiorentina could only score once apiece in a pulsating 1-1 draw at the Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi, with both sides wasting chances to win.

Cyril Thereau gave Chievo the lead in the 17th minute, but Gonzalo Rodriguez equalised less than a minute later.

The closest either side came to winning it was when Luca Toni hit the post for Fiorentina just before half-time, but despite the chances, the game ended all square at 1-1.

Former coaching badge classmates Eugenio Corini and Vincenzo Montella had clearly studied each other two well as their sides cancelled each other out at the Bentegodi.

It was an open game, though, with the first chance coming in the seventh minute for the hosts when Luciano just missed the target with a volley from 10 yards out.

Fiorentina responded with a chance of their own in the 14th minute with Stevan Jovetic setting up Manuel Pasqual, but his well-placed shot was parried by Stefano Sorrentino, who was glad to see a defender on hand to clear the danger.

The home side took the lead three minutes later with Thereau sending his shot across Emiliano Viviano and into the far corner.

There was little time to celebrate before the Viola were back on terms.

Rodriguez latched on to Pasqual's corner, which was flicked on at the near post by Toni, and his touch struck the post on its way across the line, despite attempts by a Chievo defender to keep it out.

Chances continued to arrive at both ends with Toni coming closest to scoring a second just before half-time when he headed against the left-hand post.

After a more relaxed start to the second 45 minutes, Fiorentina nearly took the lead in the 55th minute when Juan Guillermo Cuadrado's low shot with the outside of his boot missed the far post.

Both Thereau and David Di Michele missed good chances for the hosts as the chances kept arriving as both teams threw caution to the wind.

But despite both teams' efforts, there was to be no winner as both Corini and Montella left with a smile having matched each other in their first encounter as Serie A coaches.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 20 49
2 Roma 20 42
3 Napoli 20 36
4 Lazio 20 34
5 Sampdoria 20 34
6 Fiorentina 20 31
7 Genoa 20 28
8 Palermo 20 27
9 Udinese 20 27
10 Inter Milan 20 26
11 AC Milan 20 26
12 Sassuolo 20 25
13 Torino 20 25
14 Verona 20 24
15 Atalanta 20 20
16 Cagliari 20 19
17 Empoli 20 19
18 Chievo 20 18
19 Cesena 20 12
20 Parma 20 10