Former Super Eagles midfielder, Joel Obi scored his first league goal of the campaign for Chievo Verona as they moved into the playoffs zone for the first time following a 2-0 defeat of visiting Frosinone, reports.


At the Cino e Lilo Del Duca, striker Simy Nwankwo was named on the bench as his Crotone side went in search of victory away at Ascoli to help close the gap on runaway league leaders Benevento.


Both sides however failed to find the breakthrough, compelling the visitors to turn to the Nigerian on the hour mark. The change instantly yielded results as Crotone took the lead almost immediately via the boots of Andre Barberis.


Marcelo Trotta then denied them of maximum points when he scored 16 minutes from time to make it 1-1. The draw moves Crotone up to secondlevel on points with 3rd place Cittadella.


Meanwhile, at the Marc Antonio Bentegodi in Verona, former Inter Milan midfielder Joel Obi opened scoring for Chievo as they revived their promotion hopes with a win against Frosinone.


The 29-year-old opened the scoring with a smart finish 9 minutes into the second half before Emmanuel Vignato made it 2-0 sixty seconds later to move Chievo 7th on the log.


Obi, who was replaced after 67 minutes, finished with a rating of 7.6, completed 83% of his passes, won 8 duels, made 3 interceptions, and 2 tackles and also completed 100% of his takeon.