Genoa and Livorno both had great opportunities to win, denied by the woodwork, a goalline clearance and extraordinary defending, but it ended goalless.
The Grifone were riding high on the wave of enthusiasm after thrashing local rivals Sampdoria 3-0 last week, though Juraj Kucka and Luca Antonelli were sidelined. Livorno were also confident after two consecutive victories, though Emerson was unable to recover in time.
Francesco Lodi’s free kick came to Alessandro Gamberini, who was unable to make the most of it from a very promising position.
Livorno were forced into a substitution after 25 minutes, as Marco Biagianti hobbled off for Inter-owned Alfred Duncan.
Mattia Perin beat away a long-range Andrea Luci effort and Innocent Emeghara should’ve done better on the follow-up, but his angled drive was off target.
Moments later, Perin was again called into action on Emeghara and was fortunate nobody was ready to latch on to the loose ball.
Straight after the restart Paulinho’s header was well caught by Perin from a corner, while Davide Biondini drilled wide from distance and Duncan’s audacious effort from midfield wasn’t far off target. Emanuele Calaiò had penalty appeals waved away for a Leandro Rinaudo challenge.
Francelino Matuzalem scuffed his attempt into Francesco Bardi’s arms, but Genoa lost intensity when Lodi went off injured.
Paulinho had a free header from a corner, but completely mistimed it and the great scoring opportunity went begging.
Ibrahima Mbaye thought he had scored when turning in the rebound from a spilled Pasquale Schiattarella snapshot, but the Inter-owned midfielder was flagged offside.
On 74 minutes Luca Siligardi sprung the offside trap to go clear on goal, so Gamberini had to time his sliding tackle perfectly and he did just that, prodding the ball off his foot before he could shoot from 15 yards.
Genoa also threatened moments later, as Thomas Manfredini’s looping header from an Adrian Stoian free kick thumped the crossbar.
The hosts had an even better opportunity from a Stoian cross into the box, as Bardi was beaten by Calaiò and rescued by a desperate Andrea Coda goalline clearance.
Greek international Yannis Fetfatzidis was given his Serie A debut for the final moments. Coda ran a risk in the last minute with a possible shove in the back as Calaiò was jumping to reach a cross.
Deep into stoppages Italy Under-21 goalkeeper Bardi performed a stunning reaction save to fingertip Calaio’s header out from under the bar on Stoian’s cross.