Marco Borriello gave Genoa a potentially decisive victory in Verona, as they conquered Chievo to throw the relegation race wide open.
This was a real relegation dogfight, as the Flying Donkeys knew a win would secure their safety, while the Grifone were still locked into the bottom three. Bostjan Cesar and Nicolas Frey sat out bans, but Sergio Pellissier’s season is over after damaging ankle ligaments in training. Genoa missed Juraj Kucka, Damiano Ferronetti, Ruben Olivera, Marco Rossi and the suspended Daniele Portanova.
Boukary Drame couldn’t make the most of a poor Juan Manuel Vargas clearance. Sebastien Frey got down well to punch an Adrian Stoian snapshot round the upright.
Genoa had a fantastic scoring opportunity on the stroke of half-time, as a corner found Emiliano Moretti who spun round and attempted the half-volley from six yards, but found a desperate Christian Puggioni save.
Genoa threatened after the restart with Marco Rigoni’s finish fingertipped round the base of the near post. There were complaints when Paul Papp handled in the box, but it was a ricochet off a head from point-blank range, so could not be considered voluntary.
Luciano’s sensational cross was heading for Alberto Paloschi at the back post, but Frey performed an acrobatic mid-air fingertip save to take it away from the waiting striker.
Genoa took the lead on 73 minutes, as Borriello dived on to a corner with his glancing header in at the near post, anticipating Drame’.
Chievo went so close to an equaliser, as Marco Andreolli got a headed flick on to the corner to beat Frey, but it flashed across the face of goal to skim the back post.
Borriello somehow failed to make it 2-0 for Genoa when he prodded wide from 10 yards after Dario Dainelli’s error.