Chievo beats high-flying Sampdoria 2-1 in Serie A

DANIELLA MATAR Associated Press Published:

MILAN (AP) -- Chievo Verona coach Eugenio Corini had a dream debut in charge of the Serie A team on Saturday after a 2-1 win against high-flying Sampdoria.

A horrendous mistake by Sampdoria goalkeeper Sergio Romero gifted David Di Michele a late winner.

Cyril Thereau put Chievo ahead in first-half stoppage time, but Enzo Maresca leveled just after the hour mark with a stunning free kick.

It is Chievo's first points since its opening day victory over Bologna. Following five defeats, the club fired Domenico Di Carlo and hired Corini on Tuesday.

Sampdoria has now lost two in a row and is without a win in four matches. The team remains fifth in the standings ahead of the rest of the weekend's fixtures.

Looking for its first Serie A win over Sampdoria since 2005, Chievo made a good start against a Sampdoria side which has seemed sluggish of late.

The hosts should have taken the lead in the 12th minute when Thereau caught the Sampdoria defense napping, but he hit his effort badly and straight at Romero.

Marcelo Estigarribia almost gave Sampdoria the lead moments later with a fantastic 30-yard strike that scraped the top of the crossbar.

Chievo went close four minutes from the break, Bostjan Cesar heading just wide of the right hand post.

And the home side broke the deadlock shortly afterward with a move started by Thereau on the halfway line. The Frenchman played a one-two with Luca Rigoni before running into the penalty area, drawing Romero and chipping the ball over the Sampdoria goalkeeper.

Chievo should have doubled its lead when Adrian Stoian's cross found Di Michele completely unmarked near the center of the area, but he fired straight at Romero.

Samp leveled four minutes later, Maresca hitting an unstoppable free kick into the top left corner from 25 yards.

However, Chievo snatched the winner three minutes from time through Di Michele's speculative, long-range strike which Romero seemed to have safely grasped over his head before letting it slip through his fingers.