VERONA, May 3 (Serie A) - Chievo gave their hopes of gaining a Champions League place a huge lift on Saturday by coming from behind to see off struggling Piacenza.
Piacenza`s Eusebio Di Francesco opened the scoring just after half-time but two goals in four second-half minutes from Ivone De Franceschi turned the game in the home side`s favour.
Sasa Bjelanovic sealed the win with a strike 10 minutes from time.
Due to Parma`s defeat at home to Bologna, Chievo move up to fifth spot and are closing in on Lazio, who occupy the last Champions League qualifying berth.
Piacenza were five points from safety going into the game, and they really needed at least a draw.
Last week's 5-1 win against Perugia lifted the team and they seemed the likeliest to score in the first-half at the Marc'Antonio Bentegodi stadium.
In the 19th minute, midfielder Enzo Maresca bypassed the Chievo defence with a searching long ball which picked out Ciro de Cesare, but his shot was saved superbly by Marco Ambrosio in the home goal.
Piacenza continued to look the more threatening side heading into half-time, but they could not trouble Ambrosio.
Just three minutes after half-time, however, the visiting fans got the goal their team's display had merited.
Ambrosio failed to clear his lines properly and the ball fell to Di Francesco who made no mistake from close range to score a simple goal.
It could have been 2-0 to the visitors just a minute later, but Marchionni Marco missed a golden chance when put clean through on goal.
Piacenza were cursing their luck again in the 63rd minute when veteran striker Dario Hubner was put through on goal but fired his effort well wide.
All those missed opportunities came back to haunt Piacenza just three minutes later when Chievo pulled level.
Striker Sergio Pellisier picked out De Franceschi with a fine pass and the midfielder fired home to pull his team level.
The goal sparked Chievo into life and they went 2-1 up a further three minutes on, thanks to De Franceschi who was afforded time and space in the penalty area to volley home low through the legs of Piacenza keeper Paolo Orlandoni.
With Piacenza's spirit broken, Bjelanovic twisted the knife in the 79th minute with a third goal.