SCOTT PETERSON - Monday, February 6, 2012
Michael Bradley got the start for the Flying Donkeys of Chievo Verona, who missed out on back-to-back as they fell to Parma thanks to a second-half own goal.
Although head coach Mimmo di Carlo likes to tinker with his lineups regularly, making four changes to the starting 11 over the squad fielded in last week's win at Novara, he has not sat Bradley once since the American thrust himself into the starting lineup in the fourth week of the season.
The action picked up after the restart with the guests drawing first blood, when diminutive playmaker Sebastian Giovinco picked up his ninth goal of the season as he dribbled past the Chievo defense down the left-hand side before beating keeper Steffano Sorrentino for the opener.
Chievo did not take long to mount a response.
Just 4 minutes after going a goal down, French striker Cyril Thereau received the ball on the right and blasted a right-footed shot past Parma's keeper.
The game winner fell in the 69th minute when Chievo's Brazilian defender Luciano deflected Giovinco's cross past his own keeper and into the back of the net for an own goal.
The Flying Donkeys nearly drew level five minutes later, but Parma's netminder Nicola Pavarini acrobatically saved Francesco Acerbi's header to secure all three points for the guests.
Chievo and Bradley are off until the 13th of February, when they travel to Naples to take on SSC Napoli.