The Student defeated the Master, as Eugenio Corini’s 10-man Chievo conquered Gigi Del Neri’s Genoa in a six-goal thriller. It was the Flying Donkeys’ first away win after six straight defeats and saw Alberto Paloschi grab a hat-trick.
It was a real blast from the past, as Gigi Del Neri faced his former club, now coached by Eugenio Corini, the man who ran his midfield during the Chievo dei Miracoli campaigns. Genoa ended their run of six consecutive defeats with a surprise win away to Atalanta last week, but were still very much in the relegation battle.
Marco Borriello and Emiliano Moretti were suspended, joining the injured Cristobal Jorquera, Anselmo, Luca Antonelli and Damiano Ferronetti. Samassa sat out a ban for Chievo with Luciano, Kamil Vacek, Nicolas Frey and Paul Papp sidelined, but also lost top scorer Sergio Pellissier at the last minute. It meant Nicolas Frey could not face off with his older brother Sebastien.
Chievo had lost all six of their away games so far this season by scoring a total of three goals and conceding 16, so were by no means expected to pick up points at Marassi.
Andreas Granqvist’s header whistled wide, but after 13 minutes Mario Sampirisi was booked for blatantly pulling back Perparim Hetemaj in an inevitable penalty. Alberto Paloschi stepped up and rolled the spot-kick into the bottom corner despite Frey getting a hand to it.
Paloschi doubled his tally and Chievo’s lead when springing the offside trap to prod past the on-rushing goalkeeper. Sampirisi got it wrong again, as he was keeping everyone in play.
Genoa were simply not at the races, so Del Neri substituted Daniel Tozser with youngster Ahmed Said after just 25 dismal minutes.
It proved an inspired change, as the Ghanaian striker scored his debut Serie A goal to get Genoa back in it, a swerving header from a corner in at the back post.
However, Paloschi completed a first half hat-trick when Roberto Guana hooked a long ball at the by-line and chipped it back into the centre for the ex-Genoa striker’s header.
Chievo wanted a penalty after the restart for a clear Granqvist handling offence, as his arm was very high to charge down a cross, but the referee waved play on.
Genoa did get back into it, as Bosko Jankovic let a loose ball bounce on the edge of the area before smashing the right-foot half-volley under the bar.
The game seemed to be transformed, as suddenly the Grifone were pouring forward in waves. Corini made a surprise substitution, replacing hat-trick hero Paloschi with Adrian Stoian to shore up the midfield.
It was wide open and Genoa’s confidence grew even more after Marco Andreolli received a second yellow card. Kucka came so close to an equaliser, as his strike cracked against the upright.
Cyril Thereau had the chance to get Chievo’s fourth only to aim it straight at Frey on the counter-attack.
With all the push seeking an equaliser, Genoa left gaps at the back and conceded a fourth in the final minute. Frey spilled a Jokic cross into the path of Adrian Stoian for the easiest of tap-ins.
Genoa did not give in and a goalline clearance denied them during a chaotic move.
Sent off: Andreolli 71 (C)