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Marc' Antonio Bentegodi 16th February 2013 - Kick off 17:00 Ref: P Tagliavento

Chievo Chievo vs Palermo Palermo

Chievo 1

C Thereau (pen 55)


Palermo 1

M Formica (5)

Palermo move off the bottom

Last Updated: 16/02/13 7:39pm

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Mauro Formica celebrates his goal.

Mauro Formica celebrates his goal.

Palermo moved off the foot of Serie A thanks to a 1-1 draw at Chievo in a game of two contrasting halves at the Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi.

The Rosaneri took the lead in the fifth minute through Mauro Formica and it was a one-sided opening 45 minutes in which Palermo failed only to add a second goal.

Chievo responded well in the second half and found an equaliser through Cyril Thereau's penalty, but they were unable to find a winner despite creating the better chances.

For his second game in charge of the Sicilians, Alberto Malesani took a gamble by leaving Fabrizio Miccoli and Paulo Dybala on the bench, instead choosing Mauro Boselli and Formica.

It was a choice which the former Bologna and Genoa coach would not regret either as Formica repaid his faith just five minutes in.

Francesco Acerbi made a hash of his attempted headed clearance and the ball fell kindly to Formica, who shot on the turn past Christian Puggioni.

The goal gave Palermo an ideal start, but they were unable to build on it, even though Chievo showed little going forwards, failing to test their former goalkeeper Stefano Sorrentino even once in the first half.

Sorrentino was called into action five minutes into the second half to keep out Sergio Pellissier's deflected shot, and five minutes later, he was faced with Thereau from the penalty spot after Santiago Garcia handled the ball in the area.

Thereau made sure Sorrentino did not get close to his spot kick as he brought the Flying Donkeys level.

The game sparked Chievo into life and Thereau tried to put them in front with a direct free-kick and then a volley, but he missed the target both times.

Miccoli was sent on by Malesani as the final throw of the dice, but when his free-kick hit the wall rather than finding the target, it became clear it was not going to be their day.

They held on for a point, though, to move off the foot of the table, a point clear of Siena.

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Italy Serie A

Italy Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 33 87
2 Roma 33 79
3 Napoli 33 67
4 Fiorentina 33 58
5 Inter Milan 33 53
6 Parma 33 51
7 Torino 33 48
8 AC Milan 33 48
9 Lazio 33 48
10 Verona 33 46
11 Atalanta 33 46
12 Sampdoria 33 41
13 Genoa 33 39
14 Udinese 33 38
15 Cagliari 33 33
16 Chievo 33 30
17 Bologna 33 28
18 Livorno 33 25
19 Sassuolo 33 25
20 Catania 33 20