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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 25 58
2 Roma 25 49
3 Napoli 25 45
4 Lazio 25 43
5 Fiorentina 25 42
6 Sampdoria 25 39
7 Genoa 24 36
8 Torino 25 36
9 Inter Milan 25 35
10 AC Milan 25 34
11 Palermo 25 34
12 Sassuolo 25 29
13 Udinese 24 28
14 Empoli 25 28
15 Verona 25 28
16 Chievo 25 25
17 Atalanta 25 23
18 Cagliari 25 20
19 Cesena 25 19
20 Parma 23 10