SCOTT PETERSON - Sunday, December 18, 2011
Michael Bradley played all 90 minutes for Chievo Verona as they got a much-needed victory against Calgiari Calcio in the Serie A on Saturday.
Bradley made his 13th consecutive start in the Flying Donkey's midfield for head coach Mimmo di Carlo, who opted to sit regular starting playmaker Paolo Sammarco in favor of the Frenchman Cyril Thereau.
Chievo started the match brightly, had more possession and created more chances. In the ninth minute, di Carlo's boys put the ball in the back of the net, but Alberto Paloschi was ruled offside.
After 34 minutes had been played, Chievo got the deserved breakthrough. Paloschi flicked on a long ball from the Chievo midfield and played Thereau in between the back line and onto goal. Thereau then shielded off his marker until the ball settled enough for him to fire on goal and past keeper Michael Agazzi for the opener.
In the second half, Chievo picked up where they started in the first and pushed Cagliari deep into their own half. Scoring goals had been an issue for Chievo this season, but the Veronans wasted little time in grabbing a second to put.
In the 57th minute, Thereau made an incisive run down the left to the touch line, before crossing for, and finding, right fullback Gennaro Sardo, who hit the ball one-time and beat Agazzi to his near post.
With the game firmly in hand, Chievo was content to defend and run out the clock, which they did comfortably as Cagliari failed to mount any serious attacks on goal.
The victory gives Chievo 19 points on the year, one more than Cagliari, and leaves them in ninth place, although that is sure to change after Sunday's full slate of matches. This Wednesday, Bradley and Chievo will travel to Rome to take on Lazio in the last match before the winter break.