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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 16 39
2 Roma 15 35
3 Napoli 16 27
4 Sampdoria 15 26
5 Genoa 15 26
6 Lazio 15 26
7 AC Milan 15 24
8 Fiorentina 15 23
9 Udinese 15 21
10 Palermo 15 21
11 Inter Milan 15 20
12 Sassuolo 15 19
13 Verona 15 17
14 Empoli 15 16
15 Torino 15 14
16 Atalanta 15 14
17 Chievo 15 13
18 Cagliari 16 12
19 Cesena 15 8
20 Parma 16 7