Chievo return to Serie A at first attempt

May 25, 2008

MILAN, May 25 (Reuters) - Chievo Verona won immediate promotion back to Serie A on Sunday after drawing 1-1 at Grosseto.

Serie B leaders Chievo, relegated from the top flight last year having been in the Champions League qualifiers at the start of that season, are four points clear of third-placed Lecce with one round of games left.

Bologna, who could still snatch the Serie B title, remain in the second and final automatic promotion spot after winning 1-0 at Mantova to move three points behind Chievo.

Lecce stay a point behind Bologna after winning 3-1 at Messina. Lecce host struggling Vicenza in next Sunday's season finale while Bologna entertain Pisa.

Fourth-placed Albinoleffe, who play in Bergamo and have attendances of less than 5,000, lost 4-0 at home to Rimini and will have to settle for the playoffs where Pisa and Brescia are also assured of berths.