Di Michele secures late draw for Lecce

BY foxsports • January 22, 2012

David Di Michele struck at the death as hosts Lecce came from two goals down to claim a deserved point after a 2-2 draw against Chievo.

Alberto Paloschi put the visitors ahead early on before extending his team's lead after 24 minutes.

Andrea Esposito reduced the deficit for the home side on the half-hour mark before Di Michele fired home seconds from time.

The result leaves Lecce in 19th place in Serie A, six points from safety, while the Flying Donkeys are 10th.

Chievo, seeking only a second away win of the season, made a dream start after Lecce failed to clear the ball inside the area. That left an unmarked Paloschi free to hit the ball past goalkeeper Massimiliano Benassi.

The home side were unlucky not to equalise in the 14th minute when Luis Muriel struck the far post with a powerful shot from 15 yards.

Chievo then doubled their advantage. Esposito lost the ball under pressure from Sergio Pellissier and Paloschi past Benassi and into the top left corner of goal.

Lecce pulled a goal back soon after when Chievo goalkeeper Stefano Sorrentino failed to clear a corner kick, allowing Esposito to score and atone for his earlier error.

The hosts could have equalised before half-time but Sorrentino kept out Di Michele's attempt from eight yards.

In the 65th minute, Sorrentino did well to parry away Christian Obodo's powerful drive from outside the area.

Paloschi should have killed the game off with five minutes remaining but his left-footed strike towards the bottom right corner was saved by Benassi.

And Serse Cosmi's men were rewarded for their efforts deep into stoppage time when Di Michele got on the end of Cristian Pasquato's cross at the far post and blasted past Sorrentino.
 


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