Fiorentina finally earned their first away win of the season - their first at Marassi for 30 years - thanks to Manuel Pasqual’s delightful lob, as Gigi Del Neri makes it two defeats out of two at Genoa.
Del Neri lost his debut against Milan, but hoped to do better in his first home game, a stadium he already knew well from his time at Sampdoria. The Coach certainly took risks, giving 23-year-old Swedish striker Linus Hallenius his Serie A debut, as Marco Borriello, Juan Manuel Vargas, Marco Rossi and Damiano Ferronetti were injured. Fiorentina welcomed David Pizarro and Facundo Roncaglia back from suspension and chose Stefan Savic ahead of Nenad Tomovic, but Alberto Aquilani was still only fit for the bench.
The Viola’s last victory at Marassi was in 1982 and they were still without an away win this season, so the pressure was on ex-Genoa and Samp striker Vincenzo Montella.
Juraj Kucka fired wide after just 70 seconds, but the visitors quickly started to control possession and an Adem Ljajic free kick hit the wall.
Fiorentina took a deserved lead after 14 minutes when Manuel Pasqual sprung the offside trap down the left on a long Gonzalo Rodriguez pass and drew out Sebastien Frey for a delightful lob into the empty net. The goalkeeper and defenders both left the ball to bounce and Pasqual was quickest to react.
The Tuscans nearly shot themselves in the foot soon after with a terrible Savic backpass straight at Ciro Immobile, but the Genoa striker used his arm to control it and then fired wide anyway.
Frey was at full stretch to tip a Jovetic strike off the line, while Immobile dribbled to the by-line and his pull-back was scrambled clear from the six-yard box. The move continued with Fiorentina on the counter and Juan Cuadrado’s effort was deflected out for a corner.
Cuadrado pulled back for Jovetic and he was just crowded out when pulling the trigger. Fiorentina went on a scorching counter from a Genoa corner with Cuadrado threading through for Ljajic, who resisted a Luca Antonelli shirt-pull to force a save from Frey one-on-one.
Cuadrado sprinted to keep the ball in play and pulled back for Ljajic, whose snapshot was almost accidentally charged down by Andreas Granqvist’s face. At the other end, Roncaglia needed to stop Immobile getting his finish away after a defensive error.
Del Neri scrapped the Hallenius experiment for Cristobal Jorquera after the break, but the Viola almost scored a wonderful second. Jovetic ran past two defenders and pulled across for Ljajic, but Frey parried from point-blank range with his feet and then got back up immediately to flap the looping ball over the bar.
Immobile was inches away from getting the crucial touch to an Antonelli ball across the face of goal. Daniel Tozser also tested Emiliano Viviano at the near post, as Genoa began to emerge from their shells after a poor first half.
Substitute Alberto Aquilani went down in the box and was fortunate to avoid a booking for simulation. Mounir El Hamdaoui wasted a good opportunity by aiming a tame effort straight at Frey rather than passing.
Immobile chested down a pass to turn well in the box, but the finish was deflected off Savic and Viviano had to pluck the ball off the head of Kucka.