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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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Italy Serie A

Italy Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 34 90
2 Roma 34 82
3 Napoli 34 68
4 Fiorentina 34 58
5 Inter Milan 34 56
6 Parma 34 51
7 AC Milan 34 51
8 Torino 34 49
9 Verona 34 49
10 Lazio 34 49
11 Atalanta 34 46
12 Sampdoria 34 41
13 Udinese 34 39
14 Genoa 34 39
15 Cagliari 34 36
16 Chievo 34 30
17 Sassuolo 34 28
18 Bologna 34 28
19 Livorno 34 25
20 Catania 34 23