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Luigi Ferraris (ATT 19,715) 10th November 2013 - Kick off 11:30 Ref: Angelo Cervellera

Genoa Genoa vs Verona Verona

Genoa 2

D Portanova (29)
J Kucka (35)

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Verona 0

Genoa turn over Verona

Last Updated: 10/11/13 1:40pm

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Juraj Kucka of Genoa celebrates after scoring

Juraj Kucka of Genoa celebrates after scoring

Genoa picked up their fourth win out of six games since Gian Piero Gasperini took over as coach with a 2-0 success over Hellas Verona on Sunday.

The Rossoblu's third win in a row, secured by goals from Daniele Portanova and Juraj Kucka in the first half, lifted them to within five points of their opponents and into a much healthier position than the one they found themselves in when Gasperini took charge.

Hellas tried to find a route back into the game in the second half but they found Genoa goalkeeper Mattia Perin in fine form to keep them out.

Genoa, fresh from a 2-0 win at Lazio, looked particularly confident in the early stages of the game, showing glimpses of the kind of football they played during Gasperini's first spell in charge, which led them into the Europa League.

Kucka has been looking particularly lively since Gasperini returned and he was demanding every ball in midfield, combining well with Francelino Matuzalem.

The latter provided the corner which set up Portanova to head Genoa in front in the 29th minute, the Genoa defender left unmarked seven yards from goal.

Just five minutes passed before Matuzalem sent in another perfect inviting ball for Kucka, who directed his header expertly past Rafael to make it two.

Hellas came out for the second half with more belief, and it was not long before Genoa goalkeeper Perin started to get involved in the game having been a spectator for much of the first 45 minutes.

The visitors threw caution to the wind, building up a head of steam in the final quarter of an hour which saw them come close to scoring through former Genoa forward Luca Toni, whose header hit the base of the post.

The ball found its way to Daniele Cacia, but Perin flung himself across his goal to deny the Hellas forward with his chest, celebrating as if he had just scored a goal himself.

Perin denied Cacia once again as Genoa held on to the points to further their recent resurgence.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 31 73
2 Lazio 31 58
3 Roma 31 58
4 Napoli 31 53
5 Sampdoria 31 50
6 Fiorentina 31 49
7 Genoa 31 44
8 Torino 31 44
9 AC Milan 31 43
10 Inter Milan 31 42
11 Palermo 31 41
12 Sassuolo 31 36
13 Chievo 31 36
14 Verona 31 36
15 Udinese 31 35
16 Empoli 31 34
17 Atalanta 31 30
18 Cesena 31 23
19 Cagliari 31 21
20 Parma 31 13