Palermo picked up a 1-1 draw away to Chievo, as Cyril Thereau’s penalty cancelled out a Mauro Formica strike.
Stefano Sorrentino returned to face the club he left under bitter circumstances two weeks ago, while Eugenio Corini and Alberto Malesani also took on their pasts. Josip Ilicic, Fabrizio Miccoli, Andrea Dossena and Steve Von Bergen were not fit to start for the bottom of the table Sicilians, but changed to a 4-3-3 system. Luca Rigoni was suspended for the Flying Donkeys with Gennaro Sardo, Boukary Drame and Adrian Stoian sidelined.
As expected, Sorrentino was loudly jeered by his ex-fans every time he touched the ball. However, the Bentegodi crowd was silenced when Palermo took a shock lead just five minutes in.
Francesco Acerbi knocked down a long Jasmin Kurtic ball, which turned into an assist for Mauro Formica to turn and smash a left-foot angled drive into the far bottom corner. It was the former Blackburn Rovers striker’s debut Serie A goal.
Michel Morganella limped off after an awkward fall, making way for January signing Nelson. Cyril Thereau’s free kick curled over the bar and an Isaac Cofie effort was deflected wide.
A cross-shot landed on the roof of the net, but Chievo struggled to make any real impact on Palermo’s lead.
Chievo got back into the game when Santiago Garcia handled in the box, allowing Thereau to successfully convert the penalty past his former teammate Sorrentino.
The home side began to take control and Thereau’s left-foot volley bounced just wide, while Diego Fabbrini fired over from the edge of the box on the counter.
Nelson scored on his Serie A debut and the Palermo substitute went close again with a snapshot from distance that whistled just wide.