Genoa made the most of Siena errors on both ends of the pitch to secure a much-needed away victory.
Alberto Malesani was hanging by a thread on the Genoa bench after two consecutive defeats, three in the last four games. Kakha Kaladze was still suspended, joining Valter Birsa, Cesare Bovo, Juraj Kucka and Luca Antonelli, but Ze Eduardo got his first start. Siena had also lost two on the bounce, but only Simone Vergassola and Belmonte were sidelined, as Mattia Destro returned to the starting XI.
Headers from Granqvist and Emanuele Calaiò whistled just off target, while Alexander Merkel’s daisy-cutter was fingertipped round the base of the near post.
In first half stoppages, Destro burst down the left and placed his cross on the head of Calaiò, but the finish skimmed the upright with Sebastien Frey beaten.
Genoa broke the deadlock just shy of the hour mark with captain Marco Rossi. It was a bit of a howler from Siena goalkeeper Brkic, who flapped a cross off Merkel’s head and Rossi was quick to react, tapping in the rebound.
Siena thought they had equalised when a deflected shot rolled into Destro’s path, but the Under-21 international incredibly cracked the ball against the underside of the crossbar six yards in front of an open goal!
Merkel and Lucas Pratto both went for the same cross, getting in each other’s way, Brkic had his gloves stung by a Kevin Constant strike and Rodrigo Palacio’s header skimmed the bar.
Destro wasted another golden opportunity when he tried to go for goal himself with Calaiò in a more promising position, allowing Dario Dainelli to stop him.
Siena paid the price for wasting these chances, as Genoa doubled their lead in stoppages with Palacio sprinting off on the counter-attack to waltz round Brkic and deposit into an empty net.