Riccardo Saponara struck the only goal of the game as Empoli overcame Palermo 1-0 away from home in Serie A on Monday.
The former AC Milan midfielder struck the winner in the 53rd minute with a low free-kick from the edge of the box which crept under the jumping wall and into the bottom-left corner.
Victory lifts Empoli to 12th, a point and a place above Chievo who drew 1-1 at home with Sampdoria.
Eder struck for Samp in the eighth minute – a cool finish for his ninth goal in 11 league outings – but the points were shared as Roberto Inglese controlled Riccardo Meggiorini’s cross and fired home from close range 10 minutes prior to half-time.
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