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Italian Serie A

(ATT 11,202) 8th December 2013 - Kick off 14:00 Ref: Davide Massa

Sassuolo Sassuolo vs Chievo Chievo

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C Thereau (55)

Three ina row for Chievo

Last Updated: 08/12/13 5:19pm

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Cyril Thereau in action for Chievo

Cyril Thereau in action for Chievo

Cyril Thereau scored the only goal of the game as Chievo edged Sassuolo 1-0 to record their third successive Serie A victory on Sunday afternoon.

The French forward struck in the 55th minute to hand the visitors all three points and inflict Sassuolo's first defeat since October 30.

The result is all the more impressive as Chievo have kept a clean sheet for a third straight game.

Their good run of form under coach Eugenio Corini has seen Chievo climb from the foot of the standings to 15th place in a matter of weeks.

Sassuolo, meanwhile, have dropped to 17th place, one place and one point clear of the drop zone.

The match started at a slow pace at the Citta del Tricolore stadium, with neither side creating much of note in the first 20 minutes.

When the first chance finally did come, midway through the first half, Floro Flores' free-kick was easily saved by Chievo keeper Christian Puggioni.

Marcelo Estigarribia should have put Chievo in front in the 37th minute but fired straight at Sassuolo goalkeeper Gianluca Pegolo from a few yards out after Dario Dainelli's precise through ball.

Chievo tested Pegolo before half-time when Ivan Radovanovic's powerful free-kick from 30 yards was saved well by Chievo's number one.

The deadlock was broken 10 minutes into the second half when Alessio Sestu fed Thereau in the box and his right-footed shot towards the far post beat Pegolo.

Sassuolo had a great chance to equalise in the 71st minute when Flores powerfully headed Alessandro Longhi's cross only to see his close-range attempt met by a fine save from Puggioni.

The visitors held on for their fourth win of the campaign.

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Italian Serie A

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