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Italian Serie A

Luigi Ferraris (ATT 21,000) 1st November 2012 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: L Banti

Genoa Genoa vs Fiorentina Fiorentina

Genoa 0


Fiorentina 1

M Pasqual (14)

Viola up to fifth

Last Updated: 01/11/12 11:51pm

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Fiorentina celebrate Manuel Pasqual's goal

Fiorentina celebrate Manuel Pasqual's goal

Manuel Pasqual scored the only goal as Fiorentina moved up to fifth in Serie A by edging out struggling Genoa 1-0 on Thursday night.

Pasqual's 14th-minute strike gave the visitors a lead they never surrendered in a fiery clash that saw eight players booked.

Genoa's recent woes show no sign of ending however, as they slumped to their third successive defeat.

Luigi Del Neri has failed to deliver a point since taking charge of Genoa 11 days ago and will be champing at the bit to have star striker Marco Borriello back.

La Viola, however, broke their Ligurian curse with a first win at Genoa in 30 years and their fifth victory of the season has moved them to within one point of fourth-placed Lazio.

But they opened the scoring through an unlikely source in the 14th minute with their first attempt at goal.

Veteran left-back Pasqual had not scored since February 2011 but his exquisite lob from Gonzalo Rodriguez's inch perfect pass left Genoa goalkeeper Sebastien Frey with no chance.

The hosts nearly hit back immediately afterwards through Juraj Kucka, whose shot from just outside the area was just too high while Mario Sampirisi forced a fine save from Emiliano Viviano.

Fiorentina were not content to sit on their lead and after the interval Frey was on hand to thwart Adem Ljajic's goalbound effort.

At the other end Daniel Tozser was denied by Viviano while the Hungarian fired over in the closing stages as La Viola hung on.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 37 86
2 Roma 36 67
3 Lazio 36 66
4 Napoli 37 63
5 Fiorentina 37 61
6 Genoa 37 59
7 Sampdoria 37 55
8 Inter Milan 37 52
9 Torino 36 51
10 AC Milan 36 46
11 Palermo 37 46
12 Sassuolo 37 46
13 Verona 37 45
14 Chievo 37 43
15 Empoli 37 42
16 Udinese 37 41
17 Atalanta 37 37
18 Cagliari 37 31
19 Cesena 37 24
20 Parma 37 18