It was a dramatic game in Verona, as two Chievo penalties snatched a last-gasp victory over Genoa.
While the Flying Donkeys were decidedly grounded and sitting joint third-from-bottom with Livorno, the Grifone were soaring and even harbouring ambitions of a Europa League spot after turning their season around under Gian Piero Gasperini. The Serie A history of this fixture was completely even with two wins each and a stalemate.
Both teams had to make changes, as Bostjan Cesar, Dario Dainelli and Gennaro Sardo sat out bans for Chievo. Genoa had Andrea Bertolacci and Nicolas Burdisso suspended with Alessandro Gamberini, Sime Vrsaljko and Juraj Kucka injured.
The referee awarded a penalty to Chievo after just four minutes, as Moussa Konate lost sight of former Genoa teammate Adrian Stoian and pulled his jersey. Alberto Paloschi stepped up and converted, another ex-Rossoblu player.
Free kicks from Sturaro and Tiberio Guarente skimmed the bar and Genoa did have the ball in the back of the net, but Alberto Gilardino was in an offside position when he deflected in Marco Motta’s screamer.
Chievo were forced to substitute Roberto Guana due to a muscular problem and Perparim Hetemaj rode two tackles down the left to eventually force a difficult reaction save from Mattia Perin at the near post.
Michael Agazzi needed a desperate save to beat away Centurion’s header, then on the follow-up Fetfatzidis blasted over the bar.
Gilardino had a couple of headers off target and Ivan Radovanovic’s shot on the volley flashed across the face of goal.
Agazzi palmed away a Marchese header at the back post from a set play, but Genoa equalised in the final minutes. A corner found Gilardino, who smartly held off his marker to get that little bit of space he needed for a diving header.
It still wasn’t over, as deep into stoppages the referee awarded a second penalty to Chievo for Motta’s challenge on Lazarevic. Paloschi stepped up again and kept his head to convert, giving the Flying Donkeys a desperately-needed victory.