VERONA, May 2 (Serie A) - Modena's hopes of securing top-flight football next season were dealt a blow as they were dragged back into the relegation zone following defeat at Chievo.
After their 1-0 win at Sampdoria last week Modena, who missed a penalty through Omar Milanetto when Chievo led only 1-0, lifted themselves out of the drop zone and with two games remaining this season are a point adrift of safety.
Chievo had few chances throughout the game but took advantage of their opportunities as it took them until the second half to break the deadlock.
After 69 minutes Franco Semioli, positioned inside the area, headed towards Luigi Sala whose effort hit the back of the net leaving Modena keeper Adriano Zancope bewildered and unable to prevent the strike.
And on 90 minutes Brazilian striker Amauri secured the points for mid-table Chievo after Semioli found Sergio Pellissier who back heeled to Amauri inside the area allowing him to hit home.
The visitors had threatened to take the lead in the first half after 14 minutes when Fabio Vignaroli struck on target only to see Andrea Barzagli deflect his shot wide.
Just four minutes later Modena again threatened to open the scoring when Dioumansy Kamara's through ball found Vignaroli who saw his shot fly over the bar.
Chievo had threatened to take the lead after 59 minutes when Semioli sent in a dangerous cross which Federico Cossato headed goalwards but Zancope was on hand to deny the effort before Sala broke the deadlock 10 minutes later.
Modena then wasted their best opportunity to get on the scoresheet when, after 72 minutes Nicola Amoruso, fell inside the penalty area.
Milanetto stepped up to take the subsequent spot-kick but was denied by a fine diving save by Chievo keeper Luca Marchegiani.
On 81 minutes Ayodele Makinwa saw his shot soar over the crossbar after he collecting the ball following a back heel from Massimo Marazzina before in the closing stages Chievo secured their win.
As a result of this victory win Chievo have made sure they will be playing in Serie A next season as they leapfrogged Bologna in the table to take ninth spot.
And coach Luigi Del Neri will be hoping his side remain in the mid-table position as they look to secure their third consecutive top-half finish since winning promotion to Serie A in 2001.