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Italian Serie A

Marc' Antonio Bentegodi 23rd February 2014 - Kick off 14:00 Ref: D Orsato

Chievo Chievo vs Catania Catania

Chievo 2

C Thereau (pen 37)
L Rigoni (68)


Catania 0

Chievo end barren spell

Last Updated: 23/02/14 5:01pm

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Cyril Thereau scores from the penalty spot

Cyril Thereau scores from the penalty spot

Chievo halted a 10-match winless run with a 2-0 triumph over Catania on Sunday afternoon.

Cyril Thereau converted from the penalty spot in the 37th minute to put the hosts on their way.

Luca Rigoni secured all three points by scoring his team's second in the 68th minute.

Chievo tasted victory for the first time since December 8 while Catania had their four-match unbeaten run came to an end.

The visitors had the first chance of the game in the 10th minute when Mariano Izco's bullet strike from 30 yards was kept out by Catania goalkeeper Mariano Andujar.

Catania should have gone in front midway through the first half but Gonzalo Bergessio's header from Keko's cross went just wide of the far post.

Chievo almost broke the deadlock in the 33rd minute when Thereau fed Tiberio Guarente in the penalty area but his right-footed shot was kept out by Andujar.

The hosts were handed a golden opportunity shortly after when the referee awarded a penalty following Pablo Alvarez's handball in the area.

Thereau stepped up to take the spot-kick and struck the ball towards the bottom right corner of the goal and out of Andujar's reach.

Catania almost pulled level four minutes into the second half but Alvarez's close-range header from Francesco Lodi's free-kick was kept out by Chievo goalkeeper Michael Agazzi.

Despite Catania's attempts, it was Chievo that scored again.

Rigoni got behind Guarente's cross and his powerful header beat Andujar.

Catania never gave up and in the 81st minute Agazzi was forced to fully stretch to clear Lodi's stinging drive from 30 yards.

The win lifted Chievo to 16th place, one point clear of the relegation zone.

Catania, meanwhile, dropped to 19th position, two points adrift of safety.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 20 49
2 Roma 20 42
3 Napoli 20 36
4 Lazio 20 34
5 Sampdoria 20 34
6 Fiorentina 20 31
7 Genoa 20 28
8 Palermo 20 27
9 Udinese 20 27
10 Inter Milan 20 26
11 AC Milan 20 26
12 Sassuolo 20 25
13 Torino 20 25
14 Verona 20 24
15 Atalanta 20 20
16 Cagliari 20 19
17 Empoli 20 19
18 Chievo 20 18
19 Cesena 20 12
20 Parma 20 10