Marco Borriello’s spectacular brace gave Genoa another potentially decisive victory and plunged Pescara into Serie B.
This was a desperate relegation dogfight, although the Delfini were practically in Serie B already anyway and this result only made it mathematic. Borriello shook off a hip injury to start for Genoa, who were fresh from a shock 1-0 win away to Chievo, but Juraj Kucka, Marco Rossi, Ruben Olivera and Damiano Ferronetti missed out. Pescara were without Gaetano D’Agostino, Per Kroldrup, Vladimir Weiss, Gianluca Caprari, Ivan Pelizzoli, Juan Fernando Quintero and Francesco Modesto. Giuseppe Sculli and Mattia Perin faced their former club.
Borriello’s overhead kick whistled wide after five minutes, while Ferdinando Sforzini nodded over the bar. He wanted a penalty for a push from Luca Antonelli, but had already released the header at that point.
Genoa broke the deadlock when a free kick was knocked back into the middle by Thomas Manfredini to find Antonio Floro Flores totally unmarked from six yards. The Pescara defence was caught napping, certainly not for the first time this season.
Borriello doubled Genoa’s advantage with a sensational strike. He chested down a long ball – possibly with help from an arm – spun round his marker and curled a magnificent left-foot finish in off the inside of the far post.
However, Pescara would not give in and Giuseppe Sculli scored against his former club with a cushioned header. The striker refused to celebrate as a sign of respect for his old fans and teammates.
Andrea Bertolacci curled just over the bar and Uros Cosic was felled when a powerful shot hit him in the face.
Borriello was on stunning form and hit an absolute blockbuster of a left-foot strike under the bar from the outside edge of the penalty area after combining with Floro Flores.
Bertolacci put another nail in Pescara’s Serie A coffin, firing in the rebound to an empty net when Perin flapped a ball off Borriello’s head.