Daniele Portanova and Juraj Kucka gave Genoa a 2-0 victory over high-flying Verona, though Luca Toni hit the woodwork.
These two sides were on fine form, as the Grifone won three of their last four games and Hellas were joint fourth with Inter going into the weekend. Luca Toni and Bosko Jankovic faced their former club, though Gomez Taleb, Mario Alberto Santana and Alessandro Gamberini were injured.
Alberto Gilardino’s angled drive flashed across the face of goal, while at the other end Juan Iturbe’s effort was charged down in the box. Emil Hallfredsson was left with a nasty cut to the head after an accidental clash and required stitches, making way for Massimo Donati.
Defender Daniele Portanova soared above the crowd for a powerful header from a Francelino Matuzalem corner, putting the Grifone in front at Marassi with his first goal of the season.
The second goal soon followed and was also thanks to Genoa’s aerial threat. Juraj Kucka got in behind his marker for a wonderful looping header into the far top corner. It was another excellent assist from Matuzalem, this time a sweeping pass over the top.
Toni had a great chance to get Verona back into it straight after the restart, but he steered his header just wide from an Iturbe assist.
Genoa lost Luca Antonelli to injury, while Mattia Perin needed saves on Raphael Martinho and Alessandro Agostini.
Verona somehow failed to score with 10 minutes on the clock, as a free kick found Toni, but his header thumped the upright and a series of follow-ups were charged down in the six-yard box.
A Jankovic turn and strike was palmed away by Perin, as Hellas poured forward in the closing stages. Luca Antonelli came diving in to deflect another Martinho attempt just wide, while Perin had to rush off his line to close down Daniele Cacia.
It was a late siege from Verona, but too little, too late at Marassi.