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Goalie's painful mistake sees high-flying Sampdoria lose 2-1 to Chievo in Serie A

MILAN -- Chievo Verona coach Eugenio Corini had a dream debut by guiding the Serie A team to a 2-1 win against high-flying Sampdoria on Saturday.

A horrendous mistake by Sampdoria goalkeeper Sergio Romero gifted David Di Michele a late winner.

Cyril Thereau put Chievo ahead in first-half stoppage time, but Enzo Maresca leveled just after the hour mark with a stunning free kick.

It is Chievo's first points since its opening day victory over Bologna. Following five defeats, the club fired Domenico Di Carlo and hired Corini on Tuesday.

Sampdoria has now lost two in a row and is without a win in four matches. The team remains fifth in the standings ahead of the rest of the weekend's fixtures.

"We have the motivation, ability and strength to focus on our aims," Corini said. "This win is very important in that it gives the lads back their morale. I think we deserved it because of the game we played, our desire and our effort on the pitch.

"I was very emotional, at the beginning and at the end. Because I felt the weight of the responsibility which has been entrusted to me."

Looking for its first Serie A win over Sampdoria since 2005, Chievo made a good start against a Sampdoria side which has seemed sluggish of late.

The hosts should have taken the lead in the 12th minute when Thereau caught the Sampdoria defense napping, but he hit his effort badly and straight at Romero.

Marcelo Estigarribia almost gave Sampdoria the lead moments later with a fantastic 30-yard strike that scraped the top of the crossbar.

Chievo went close four minutes from the break, Bostjan Cesar heading just wide of the right hand post.

And the home side broke the deadlock shortly afterward with a move started by Thereau on the halfway line. The Frenchman played a one-two with Luca Rigoni before running into the penalty area, drawing Romero and chipping the ball over the Sampdoria goalkeeper.

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