SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 6 - 29 Sep 2013 (14.00 UK)
Verona 2 - 1 Livorno
Iturbe 40 (V), Rinaudo 45 (L), Jorginho pen 72 (V)
Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi

Juan Iturbe scored a sensational free kick, but it was ultimately a dubious penalty that gave Verona victory over Livorno.

Both these teams were promoted from Serie B this summer and had great starts to the season. Hellas had Martinho only fit for the bench and gave Juan Iturbe his first Serie A start, but missed Domenico Maietta, while the Amaranto were without Marco Biagianti, Botta and Giuseppe Gemiti. Luca Siligardi was picked ahead of Innocent Emeghara.

Livorno’s last victory in Verona was 1-0 in the 2002-03 Serie B campaign, but had lost just one of their last 13 official away games.

Paulinho went on a mazy run and tested Rafael with a shot after dribbling through defenders. The Verona goalkeeper was again called into action, flying across the face of goal to palm away an Andrea Luci dipping drive.

Siligardi pounced on a poor Romulo backpass, but again Rafael was right behind it. The goalkeeper outdid himself with a stunning save, getting down very quickly to push Paulinho’s strike off the line.

It was Verona who scored against the run of play thanks to a fantastic free kick from their summer signing Iturbe. The Argentine curled a perfect finish over the wall and into the near top corner to celebrate his full Serie A debut.

Luca Toni threaded through for Juanito Gomez Taleb, who fired over from a tight angle.

However, Livorno equalised in first half stoppages when a corner found Leandro Rinaudo’s curious diving header from eight yards.

Iturbe and Pasquale Schiattarella had dangerous opportunities from distance, while Francesco Bardi smothered a sudden Juanito Gomez snapshot.

Verona were awarded an extremely dubious penalty, as Toni seemed to fall without real contact from Schiattarella. Nonetheless, Jorginho stepped up and coolly converted past Bardi.


Verona: Rafael; Cacciatore, Gonzalez, Moras (Bianchetti 37), Agostini; Romulo, Jorginho, Hallfredsson (Donati 54); Gomez Taleb, Toni, Iturbe (Laner 88)
Livorno: Bardi; Rinaudo, Emerson (Duncan 59), Coda; Lambrughi, Greco (Belingheri 77), Ceccherini, Luci, Schiattarella; Paulinho, Siligardi (Emeghara 64)
Ref: Tommasi