Chievo con­tinue with im­pres­sive start

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Pescara wasted sev­eral good chances and were caught out by two late Chievo counter-at­tacks at the Sta­dio Adri­atico.

De­spite a 2-0 de­feat to Napoli last week, Chievo were still in joint third place with the likes of Roma, Lazio and Mi­lan. Fabrizio Cac­cia­tore was the only in­jury ab­sen­tee, while the hosts missed Jean-Christophe Ba­he­beck, Nor­bert Gy­omber, Si­mone Pepe and sus­pended Francesco Zam­pano.

Pescara were strug­gling badly on Birsa’s set plays and Spolli’s header at the back post whis­tled just wide, but had a great chance on 14 min­utes when Rey Manaj let Va­le­rio Verre’s pass bounce and smacked the half-vol­ley, forc­ing Ste­fano Sor­rentino to ac­ro­bat­i­cally tip over the bar from a tight an­gle.

That early scare seemed to wake the Delfini up, with Le­vian Me­mushaj’s solo ef­fort inches away from both the far top cor­ner and Manaj’s po­ten­tial tap-in.

Roberto In­glese hit the sidenet­ting from an­other Pescara er­ror in pos­ses­sion and the Chievo de­fence twice strug­gled to clear a Cris­tiano Bi­raghi pull­back from the left.

Bi­raghi’s stun­ning vol­ley was de­flected over the bar from the edge of the box, but a cu­ri­ous statis­tic re­peated it­self. In both pre­vi­ous Serie A meet­ings, Chievo won 2-0 with goals scored in the fi­nal 15 min­utes.

Right on time, Ric­cardo Meg­gior­ini sprung the off­side trap by hook­ing a splen­did Birsa ball over the top and drag­ging it round the goal­keeper to de­posit into an empty net. It was the first goal scored by a Chievo striker this sea­son and ended Meg­gior­ini’s 11-round drought.

Pescara poured for­ward to get back on level terms, but were caught out on the counter by Meg­gior­ini dur­ing one of their own cor­ners, as In­glese went clear on Cas­tro’s pass to prod the fin­ish past the on-rush­ing Al­bano Biz­zarri.

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