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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 16 39
2 Roma 16 36
3 Napoli 16 27
4 Sampdoria 16 27
5 Lazio 16 27
6 Genoa 16 26
7 AC Milan 16 25
8 Fiorentina 16 24
9 Udinese 16 22
10 Palermo 16 22
11 Inter Milan 16 21
12 Sassuolo 16 20
13 Verona 16 17
14 Empoli 16 17
15 Torino 16 17
16 Chievo 16 16
17 Atalanta 16 15
18 Cagliari 16 12
19 Cesena 16 9
20 Parma 16 7