Frosinone added to Verona’s woes, but above all Rafael’s ridiculous red card changed the game.
This was a pure relegation dogfight between two of the bottom three and a pressure cooker environment for Hellas Verona, who still hadn’t won a single game this season. Luca Toni was back for his first start in two months, but Romulo, Rafael Marquez, Jacopo Sala, Francelino Matuzalem and Bosko Jankovic missed out.
The clubs had only met once before, in the 2006-07 Serie B season, with a 2-2 draw in Verona and 2-1 Frosinone home victory.
Verona shot themselves spectacularly in the foot, as goalkeeper Rafael plucked a high ball out of the air, but with it comfortably in his arms raised an elbow to strike Luca Paganini in the jaw. It wasn’t a strong contact, but the intent was all too visible and the referee both sent him off and awarded a penalty.
Replacement goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini got a hand to the Daniel Ciofani spot-kick, but couldn’t keep it out.
Nicola Leali performed a fine save to deny Toni’s header and a Federico Viviani strike from distance, but Gollini was kept busy on a Paolo Sammarco snapshot at the Paganini diving header follow-up whistled just wide.
Frosinone doubled their lead with Ciofani’s debut Serie A brace, a glancing header from seven yards surprising Gollini.
The hammering continued after the restart, as Sammarco pulled back for Federico Dionisi to drill home relatively undisturbed.
Verona did get a consolation goal and it was Viviani’s debut Serie A strike, a free kick that burst through the Frosinone wall.
Vangelis Moras then made it 3-2 with his header from a corner somehow squirming through Leali’s hands in a goalkeeping howler.
It remained an open game to the end with Emil Hallfredsson firing wide from a Viviani assist and Paganini forcing a save.
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Sent off: Rafael 19 (V)