ITALIAN SERIE A

Marc'Antonio Bentegodi

Referee: Roberto Rosetti | Attendance: 10000

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Chievo Verona

  • Sergio Pellissier 28'
  • Elvis Abbruscato 88'

2 - 0

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Abbruscato late show seals win

Chievo look to have wrapped up their Serie A future after pushing Livorno even closer to relegation with a 2-0 win at the Stadio Bentigodi.

Sergio Pellissier scored the first goal of a lacklustre encounter in the 28th minute before Elvis Abbruscato added a second two minutes from time to take the Flying Donkeys 10 points clear of the bottom three with four games remaining.

The defeat leaves Livorno rooted to the bottom of the table, nine points adrift of safety, although that gap could become 12 tomorrow with just four games to go, practically confirming their immediate return to Serie B.

Livorno started the game with a very negative tactical approach as Francesco Tavano was named as the only attacker in the starting XI, with Tomas Danilevicius on the bench.

It was clear they did not truly believe in their chances of avoiding relegation and they practically invited their hosts to take the three points.

Chievo were happy to oblige, with Davide Mandelli forcing a magnificent one-handed save out of Alfonso De Lucia in the 22nd minute.

Mandelli almost scored a bizarre goal from the subsequent corner when Dario Knezevic's clearance rebounded off his foot and cannoned just wide of the post.

Chievo continued to look for the opening goal, with Luca Rigoni dribbling his way through the ranks of Livorno players before being halted by the last defender.

Pellissier was claiming a penalty when, with only De Lucia to beat, he seemed to be pushed in the back by Luigi Vitale as he was preparing to shoot and this put him off enough to make the save an easy one for the Livorno goalkeeper.

It didn't matter too much as Pellissier gained revenge of his own within 60 seconds when he was again given too much room inside the Livorno penalty area and threaded his shot inside De Lucia's near post.

Marcos De Paula only had to get the slightest of touches on Pellissier's header down on the hour mark, but he managed to miss the ball completely as he seemed confused about which leg to use to put the ball in.

Livorno finally woke up, with a Tavano free-kick from around 30 yards missing the post which Chievo goalkeeper Stefano Sorrentino appeared to have covered, despite a dramatic dive just to make sure, adding a bit of action to enliven the encounter.

Danilevicius headed wide of the same post from eight yards, waking up the home fans - who like their team, were starting to feel a little too comfortable.

Abbruscato then sealed the win two minutes from time as he ghosted in at the far post to place the ball into the bottom corner after Knezevic had diverted Rigoni's cross into his path.

Livorno's relegation to Serie B will be confirmed if both Bologna and Lazio win their matches tomorrow, since they have an inferior head-to-head record against both. But even if they are given a stay of execution, their future looks bleak.