Alberto Gilardino had an early penalty saved, but still got the better of Parma with a header for Genoa.
Gian Piero Gasperini lost his unbeaten record on the Genoa bench last week at Juventus and was still without the injured Emanuele Calaiò and Francesco Lodi, but Francelino Matuzalem returned to midfield. Stefano Okaka, Daniele Galloppa, Gabriel Paletta and the suspended Alessandro Lucarelli missed out. The Ducali were fresh from a 3-2 victory over Milan, earned with Marco Parolo’s brace, and Antonio Cassano shook off an injury to start with the captain’s armband.
Parma were without a win here since 1994, managing two draws and three defeats.
There was controversy straight away, as the referee awarded a penalty for Yohan Benalouane’s challenge on Fetfatzidis. However, Alberto Gilardino’s spot-kick was far too central and Antonio Mirante performed a crucial save.
Centurion replaced the injured Vrsaljko and Fetfatzidis hit a fresh-air shot from a promisiong position.
Parma should’ve scored when Cassano sent Marco Parolo through only for the angled drive to scrape a coat of paint off the far post.
At the dawn of the second half Mirante needed his wits about him to turn away a Luca Antonelli screamer.
Genoa took the lead with Gilardino, whose precise glancing header flew into the bottom corner from Davide Biondini’s cross.
Moments later Parma thought they had equalised, but Djamel Mesbah was ruled offside in a controversial decision.
Gilardino had a great chance on the counter-attack to seal it for Genoa, but his touch was heavy and the goalkeeper was able to clear.
Saved penalty: Gilardino 2 (G)