Carpi defeat Torino and secure first ever Serie A victory
Carpi secured their first ever Serie A victory with a 2-1 defeat of third-placed Torino in their first fixture under new coach Beppe Sannino.
The hosts, who had sacked Sannino’s predecessor Fabrizio Castori, took the lead 10 minutes into the second half when Gabriel Silva’s right-footed effort hit the post before bouncing off Torino goalkeeper Daniele Padelli’s shoulder and in for an own goal. Ryder Matos then doubled their lead. He began a 72nd-minute counter attack and combined with Marco Borriello before heading in and collapsing with cramp.
Within two minutes Torino’s Maxi Lopez had been fouled inside the area by Igor Bubnjic, allowing the Argentinian to score from the resultant penalty. Torino added further pressure in their pursuit of an equaliser, but Carpi resisted to create history.
Chievo 1, Hellas Verona 1
The derby honors were shared as Chievo were held to a 1-1 draw by Hellas Verona.
The visitors took a controversial lead when Eros Pisano knocked the ball home with his shoulder, but Chievo levelled late on with a thumping header from Lucas Castro.
Chances were at a premium in the first half, but when the home side did threaten, Hellas Verona goalkeeper Rafael was in top form. The Brazilian did well to keep out a Nicola Rigoni drive from the edge of the box and was equal to another stinging effort from Valter Birsa shortly afterwards.
The home side almost took the lead in the 59th minute when substitute Simone Pepe’s free-kick was glanced goalwards by Alberto Paloschi but again Rafael made a solid save. Chievo’s Finnish midfielder Perparim Hetemaj came closest to the opening goal in the 64th minute as his vicious cross-shot beat the goalkeeper but smacked against the near post and out of play.
They fell behind from a set-piece as Pisano, who appeared to be in an offside position, touched the ball in with his shoulder at the back post after Vangelis Moras had flicked on a Federico Viviani free-kick. Chievo pulled level in style in the 84th minute when a first-time cross from Massimo Gobbi was met powerfully by the head of Castro.
The home side had chances to win the game at the death, with Rigoni lashing in a shot that was beaten away by Rafael and goalscorer Castro sending another header wide of the post.
But they almost lost it with the last attack of the game as a drive from Emil Hallfredsson deflected off a defender and looped up, causing goalkeeper Albano Bizzarri to acrobatically tip the ball over.