Lazio dominated the first half, but were punished by two Genoa goals for a shock 2-0 result in Rome.
The Biancocelesti have been stuttering of late, though a 1-1 draw at Milan midweek helped take some of the tension off Vladimir Petkovic. He had to do without Lucas Biglia, Senad Lulic, Andre Dias, Giuseppe Biava, Diego Novaretti, Abdoulay Konko and the banned Lorik Cana and Stefano Mauri. Hernanes was surprisingly not even on the bench. Genoa have improved since Gian Piero Gasperini took over, earning seven points in four games. Francesco Lodi, Alessandro Gamberini, Emanuele Calaiò, Mario Alberto Santana and Sime Vrsaljko missed the trip.
Daniele Portanova crucially charged down a Miroslav Klose effort in the opening five minutes. Mattia Perin needed a sensational save to deny Klose’s curling header after great work down the left from Bruno Pereirinha.
Moments later Klose ran on to a Cristian Ledesma chipped pass and his volley skimmed the back post with Perin beaten.
Pereirinha was causing huge problems for Genoa down Lazio’s left, while Antonio Candreva had penalty appeals for a coming together with Davide Biondini.
Perin palmed a powerful Candreva free kick past the far post and Alberto Gilardino’s header was over the bar. In first half stoppages Perin spilled a bouncing Candreva free kick, but had it under control before Klose could pounce.
Genoa had the chance to take the lead straight after the restart when Gilardino sprung the offside trap to chest down a Biondini cross, but Federico Marchetti was quick to close him down.
It was still a surprise that Genoa broke the deadlock. Kucka burst past Pedro Cavanda on a Fetfatzidis through ball down the left and smashed his finish across Marchetti from a very tight angle.
Ederson went on a mazy run until his shot was charged down at the near post, but Michael Ciani held out an arm to deflect away a pass in the box for an inevitable penalty. Gilardino fired his spot-kick into the roof of the net to double Genoa’s lead.
Lazio poured forward, leaving gaps at the back and Fetfatzidis skimmed the upright from distance, as Genoa were entirely happy to sit on their lead and wait for counter-attacks.