MILAN (AP) -- Chievo Verona missed a penalty but held on for a much-needed 1-0 victory over Palermo on Saturday in Serie A.
Alberto Paloschi netted the only goal of an entertaining match in the 35th minute, sprinting onto Riccardo Meggiorini's backheel flick and holding off two defenders to fire into the bottom left corner.
It was Paloschi's third goal in two matches.
He had a chance to double his tally just after the hour mark after Sinisa Andjelkovic handled in the area but blazed his penalty well over the bar.
Palermo almost made Chievo pay for that miss when Franco Vazquez's effort crashed off the crossbar.
Andjelkovic was sent off for a second booking four minutes from time.
Chievo moved within three points of 10th-place AC Milan, which hosts relegation-threatened Cagliari later.