SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 5 - 20 Sep 2017 (19.45 UK)
Genoa 1 - 1 Chievo
Laxalt 62 (G), Hetemaj 73 (C)
Stadio Luigi Ferraris

Genoa are still looking for their first win of the season, as Perparim Hetemaj wiped out a Diego Laxalt opener.

Ivan Juric was under increasing pressure on the Genoa bench, though there was at least a reaction in the hard-fought 3-2 loss to Lazio. The star of that game was 16-year-old substitute Pietro Pellegri, who became the youngest ever Serie A player to bag a brace, and he’s given a start this time, because Gianluca Lapadula, Goran Pandev, Nicolas Spolli and suspended Armando Izzo are still unavailable. Chievo started the season with a 2-1 win away to Udinese, but got one point from the next three rounds. Riccardo Meggiorini and Massimo Gobbi missed this trip.

Genoa hadn’t beaten Chievo since a 3-2 result here in October 2015, managing one point from the last three meetings, home and away.

Mattia Perin had an early scare, only beating away a Fabrizio Cacciatore long-range strike, but fortunately for him there were no Chievo players ready to pounce on the loose ball.

Darko Lazovic nodded over and Pellegri’s curler was charged down, but Ivan Juric made big changes at half-time.

Miguel Veloso’s ferocious strike flew over the bar and Genoa did take the lead when Sorrentino only parried a strike into the path of Diego Laxalt to finish with his left foot.

However, Lucas Castro threaded through for Perparim Hetemaj to spring the offside trap and, while losing his balance, still managed to steer it past a surprised Perin.

It was almost turned around completely, as Perin parried a powerful Ivan Radovanovic free kick and Sergio Pellissier couldn’t finish it off.

In the final minutes both sides had chances to win, but Laxalt’s cross-shot was punched away and a Pellissier strike flashed across the face of goal.


Genoa: Perin; Biraschi, Rossettini, Zukanovic; Lazovic (Taarabt 46), Bertolacci, Veloso, Brlek (Rosi 46); Palladino (Rigoni 71), Pellegri, Laxalt
Chievo: Sorrentino; Tomovic, Dainelli (Pellissier 67), Gamberini, Cacciatore; Bastien (Depaoli 52), Radovanovic, Castro, Hetemaj; Birsa (Garritano 86), Inglese
Ref: Mazzoleni