Serie A Week 18 - 6 Jan 2014 (14.00 UK)
Genoa 2 - 0 Sassuolo
Gilardino pen 28 (G), Bertolacci 45 (G)
Stadio Luigi Ferraris

Alberto Gilardino scored one and had a penalty saved, as Genoa got the better of Sassuolo.

The Grifone had climbed to mid-table since Gian Piero Gasperini took charge, but Sassuolo were still in the relegation zone. Eusebio Di Francesco had fond memories of Marassi, as his team won here 4-3 against Sampdoria in Week 11. He made this trip without Emanuele Terranova, Francesco Acerbi and Marius Alexe, while Genoa missed Alessandro Gamberini, Daniele Portanova, Mario Santana and Juraj Kucka.

Genoa had a great chance after four minutes when a corner found De Maio’s head, but Gianluca Pegolo parried it on to Alberto Gilardino’s feet and eventually smothered amid a mad scramble.

The hosts broke the deadlock thanks to a penalty, as Alessandro Gazzola clattered into Luca Antonelli. Gilardino took the spot-kick and smashed it under the bar.

Sassuolo forced Mattia Perin into a desperate save on Simone Missiroli’s header from a flicked on Domenico Berardi free kick.

However, before the break Genoa doubled their lead. Moussa Konate crossed from the right for a cushioned Andrea Bertolacci volley at the back stick.

Konate should’ve made it 3-0 in stoppages, but fired straight at Pegolo after good work from Bertolacci and Gilardino.

Genoa wanted a red card for Luca Antei, but the referee opted for a yellow when he hauled back Gilardino on the very edge of the penalty area.

Pegolo got down brilliantly to palm Antonelli’s effort off the line, but Genoa were awarded another penalty. Gilardino stepped up again, but this time Pegolo managed to beat it away with his trailing foot.

Pegolo’s heroics still weren’t over, as moments later he flew and arched his back in the air to flap Gila’s lob out from under the bar.

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Genoa: Perin; De Maio, Manfredini, Marchese; Biondini, Matuzalem, Bertolacci (Cofie 68), Antonelli (Stoian 88); Vrsaljko, Gilardino, Konatè (Fetfatzidis 75)
Sassuolo: Pegolo; Antei, Bianco, Rossini (Zaza 46); Gazzola, Marrone (Kurtic 46), Magnanelli, Longhi; Berardi, Floro Flores (Farias 67), Missiroli
Ref: Rocchi

Saved penalty: Gilardino 89 (G)