Chievo snapped a five-match losing streak with a 2-1 home win over Sampdoria in Saturday’s Serie A action.
Eugenio Corini’s side had fallen into the relegation zone as a result of their slow start to the campaign and faced an in-form Sampdoria, who could have moved to third with victory.
But the hosts managed to turn things around, much to the delight of the crowd at Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi, as Frenchman Cyril Thereau converted Luca Rigoni’s assist and netted on the stroke of half-time.
Sampdoria responded just after the hour when Enzo Maresca scored his first goal for the club but Chievo would not be denied.
David Di Michele, a close-season acquisition from Lecce, bagged the winner for Chievo, with his first Serie A goal of the season coming with just three minutes to play and sparking wild celebrations.
Chievo moved up to 16th as a result of their victory while Sampdoria remained in fifth.
In Saturday’s other match, Genoa and Palermo played out a 1-1 draw.
Palermo took the lead after 15 minutes through Luigi Giorgi but Marco Borriello’s strike seven minutes into the second half ensured both sides would share the spoils.