Serie A Week 6 - 29 Sep 2013 (14.00 UK)
Verona 2 - 1
Iturbe 40 (V), Rinaudo 45 (L), Jorginho pen 72 (V)
Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi

Juan Iturbe scored a sensational free kick, but it was ultimately a dubious penalty that gave Verona victory over Livorno.

Both these teams were promoted from Serie B this summer and had great starts to the season. Hellas had Martinho only fit for the bench and gave Juan Iturbe his first Serie A start, but missed Domenico Maietta, while the Amaranto were without Marco Biagianti, Botta and Giuseppe Gemiti. Luca Siligardi was picked ahead of Innocent Emeghara.

Livorno’s last victory in Verona was 1-0 in the 2002-03 Serie B campaign, but had lost just one of their last 13 official away games.

Paulinho went on a mazy run and tested Rafael with a shot after dribbling through defenders. The Verona goalkeeper was again called into action, flying across the face of goal to palm away an Andrea Luci dipping drive.

Siligardi pounced on a poor Romulo backpass, but again Rafael was right behind it. The goalkeeper outdid himself with a stunning save, getting down very quickly to push Paulinho’s strike off the line.

It was Verona who scored against the run of play thanks to a fantastic free kick from their summer signing Iturbe. The Argentine curled a perfect finish over the wall and into the near top corner to celebrate his full Serie A debut.

Luca Toni threaded through for Juanito Gomez Taleb, who fired over from a tight angle.

However, Livorno equalised in first half stoppages when a corner found Leandro Rinaudo’s curious diving header from eight yards.

Iturbe and Pasquale Schiattarella had dangerous opportunities from distance, while Francesco Bardi smothered a sudden Juanito Gomez snapshot.

Verona were awarded an extremely dubious penalty, as Toni seemed to fall without real contact from Schiattarella. Nonetheless, Jorginho stepped up and coolly converted past Bardi.

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Verona: Rafael; Cacciatore, Gonzalez, Moras (Bianchetti 37), Agostini; Romulo, Jorginho, Hallfredsson (Donati 54); Gomez Taleb, Toni, Iturbe (Laner 88)
: Bardi; Rinaudo, Emerson (Duncan 59), Coda; Lambrughi, Greco (Belingheri 77), Ceccherini, Luci, Schiattarella; Paulinho, Siligardi (Emeghara 64)
Ref: Tommasi