Daniel Bessa’s free header proved decisive at Marassi, as Genoa break perhaps definitively away from the relegation zone and halt Crotone’s revival.
Both sides were still in the fight against relegation, although eight points separated them going in. Luca Rigoni was suspended for the hosts with Marco Capuano banned for the visitors, but Iuri Medeiros was given a surprise start rather than Goran Pandev.
Crotone’s last win against Genoa came in 2002 whilst playing in Serie B. Since that 4-3 thriller, they’ve managed just three draws and six losses, home and away.
Genoa were awarded a penalty after nine minutes when Medeiros ran on to an Andrey Galabinov through ball. However, VAR very clearly showed that Medeiros never made contact with Alex Cordaz and threw himself to the ground, so after viewing the footage, the referee changed his decision and booked the striker.
The Grifone did get their goal eventually, as Medeiros floated a ball over the top for Daniel Bessa’s totally free header. VAR was called upon again to confirm he was not offside and shut down Crotone complaints over a possible Galabinov foul on his marker.
Medeiros blasted over after some good footwork, but Bessa was cursing the playing surface after the roll across took a strange bobble and he turned over from six yards.
Bruno Martella’s finish was also powerful, but inaccurate, and Crotone came so close on 78 minutes when Federico Ricci’s free header looped on to the upright and bounced back out.
Crotone continued to pour forward and Mattia Perin smothered a Marcello Trotta snapshot, but Genoa had a chaotic move with several shots pin-balling around the penalty area, culminating in an Andrea Bertolacci strike off the underside of the crossbar.
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