Genoa earned a hard-fought victory away to Livorno, who had one goal disallowed and another cleared off the line.
The Amaranto had a boost under new Coach Domenico Di Carlo last week, though they only ended up with a point after taking the lead against Catania three times. That 3-3 thriller nonetheless showed what they can do with the pace of Innocent Emeghara and Paulinho in attack. Ibrahima Mbaye sat out a ban with Luca Siligardi injured. Genoa were smarting after their 1-0 derby defeat to Sampdoria and missed Alessandro Gamberini and Juraj Kucka.
This was a special game for Livorno President Aldo Spinelli, who was patron of Genoa up until 1997. The Grifone’s last Serie A victory here was back in 1938 and Gian Piero Gasperini had to introduce Marchese after Luca Antonini suffered an injury during the warm-up.
Genoa took the lead after 10 minutes when a free kick was not cleared at all well, so Alberto Gilardino’s shot was charged down and Luca Antonelli pounced on the rebound.
Paulinho wasted a great opportunity to equalise, as he chested down a ball over the top only to prod it straight into Mattia Perin’s arms from point-blank range.
Emeghara squirmed between defenders and unleashed a left-foot shot that shaved a coat of paint off the upright.
Perin had to palm a Marco Benassi right-foot pile-driver out from under the bar, then the Genoa goalkeeper was again called into action by a Djamel Mesbah strike.
Emeghara thought he had equalised for Livorno, but his goal was ruled offside. It was the correct decision because Paulinho touched the cross on the way through. Livorno Coach Mimmo Di Carlo took his protests too far and was sent off.
Deep into stoppages, Paulinho’s looping header had beaten Perin, but was decisively cleared off the line by Daniele Portanova.