Alberto Gilardino’s brace – including perhaps the strangest goal of his career – gave Genoa a crucial 2-1 victory over Chievo.
This was a relegation dogfight, but above all an emotional moment for Gian Piero Gasperini, who had his first game at Marassi as a Genoa Coach since October 2010. He earned a 1-1 draw in Catania on his debut after replacing Fabio Liverani, but here was without the injured Emanuele Calaio and Francelino Matuzalem. The Flying Donkeys missed Dario Dainelli and Bernardini, coming off three consecutive defeats.
Mario Alberto Santana curled just wide after good work from Luca Antonini, then Alberto Gilardino broke the deadlock with a splendid header that flew in under the bar from a Giovanni Marchese cross.
Santana went off injured, replaced by Adrian Stoian facing his former club.
Chievo equalised with the perfect counter-attack straight after the restart. It was a Genoa corner, but the visitors surged forward and Simone Bentivoglio turned a shot in off the crossbar.
However, Gilardino completed his brace for 2-1 in frankly bizarre circumstances. Bentivoglio performed a goalline clearance on Marchese from a corner and it whacked Gila in the face to ricochet into the net. He couldn’t celebrate, as he needed treatment for a bruised eye.
Mattia Perin kept Genoa in front with an acrobatic save on Sergio Pellissier’s header, while Francesco Lodi’s free kick curled over the wall only to thump the top of the crossbar.
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