Genoa fought back from a goal down and snatched a 3-2 thriller with 10 men against Chievo.
The Grifone wanted to build on two consecutive victories and the injury crisis was finally calming down, missing only Cristian Ansaldi and suspended Goran Pandev, as Mattia Perin got his first start since shoulder surgery in May. The Flying Donkeys had a remarkable start to the campaign and targeted another upset, though Paul-Jose Mpoku and Mariano Izco were unavailable.
Chievo had a surprisingly good record in this fixture, winning four of their seven top flight trips to Marassi, losing only two. These sides hadn’t shared the spoils, home or away, since a 0-0 in January 2011, followed by five Chievo wins and three for Genoa.
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It took only 90 seconds to break the deadlock, as Riccardo Meggiorini pulled back from the by-line and Alberto Paloschi snuck between centre-backs to turn in from six yards.
Leonardo Pavoletti equalised, but most of the credit goes to Diego Perotti, who dribbled from the touchline past two players and forced a save at the near post, finding Pavoletti for the rebound.
The hosts then turned it around completely with Serge Gakpe’ on the counter, his hopeful shot taking a huge deflection off Federico Mattiello to completely wrong-foot Albano Bizzarri.
Bizzarri performed a great one-handed reaction save on Pavoletti’s header, but at the other end Diego Laxalt performed practically a goal-line clearance with his chest to deny Lucas Castro.
Blerim Dzemaili received a second yellow card and reduced Genoa to 10 men for the final 35 minutes. Chievo poured forward and Armando Izzo performed a decisive goal-line clearance on Paloschi meeting Meggiorini’s pull-back.
Yet 10-man Genoa also threatened, a Nicolas Burdisso free header from a corner over the bar.
Chievo did finally get their equaliser with grand old man Sergio Pellissier, who came off the bench and met Mattiello’s cross with a flying back-heel flick volley at the near post.
Just as Genoa seemed to be hanging on for the point, they snatched a shock victory deep into stoppages. Oliver Ntcham surged forward on a solo run and rolled across for Panagiotis Tachtstidis to drill low past Bizzarri.
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Sent off: Dzemaili 54 (G)