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Renato Dall'Ara (ATT 20,418) 22nd December 2013 - Kick off 11:30 Ref: Davide Massa

Bologna Bologna vs Genoa Genoa

Bologna 1

A Diamanti (57)

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Genoa 0

Victory boost for Bologna

Last Updated: 22/12/13 4:54pm

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Alessandro Diamanti got the only goal of the game

Alessandro Diamanti got the only goal of the game

Bologna ended an almost two-month wait for a win in Serie A by beating Genoa 1-0 at the Stadio Dall'Ara on Sunday lunchtime.

Alessandro Diamanti scored the only goal of the game in the 57th minute to earn Bologna a deserved win against a Genoa side who rarely threatened a goal of their own.

The win lifts Bologna out of the bottom three, ahead of the remaining games in Serie A this weekend, reducing the arrears on Genoa, who have not now won in their last five, to five points.

Cesare Natali could have got Bologna off to a flying start when he was presented with a free header, somehow managing to direct the ball wide of the post from close range.

Any thoughts that the game would be an exciting, open encounter soon evaporated, though, with both sides preaching caution in the subsequent exchanges.

A volley from Panagiotis Kone, teed up well by Davide Moscardelli's header, gave Mattia Perin some work to do, and the Genoa goalkeeper clutched the ball well to his body with Moscardelli hovering in expectation of a fumble.

Genoa showed precious little going forwards and that trend continued into the second half, almost inviting Bologna to do more to lure them out of their shell.

The home team did not need such an invitation, however, and Diamanti certainly did not need to be afforded as much room as he was given 25 yards from goal in the 57th minute as he swept a low shot into the bottom right-hand corner, beyond Perin's reach.

The goal had the expected effect on Genoa, albeit very short lived. Sime Vrsaljko tested Gianluca Curci from close range, but that was the nearest the visitors came to causing any serious problems.

Conversely, Bologna had chances to wrap up victory, such as in the 66th minute when Moscardelli's volley hit the ground and looped up towards goal, necessitating a fingertip save from Perin to push the ball over.

The game opened up a little more heading into the final five minutes, but there was never any serious risk of Bologna relinquishing their first win in seven attempts.

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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 Genoa 37 59
6 Fiorentina 36 58
7 Sampdoria 36 54
8 Inter Milan 37 52
9 Torino 36 51
10 Palermo 36 46
11 AC Milan 36 46
12 Verona 36 44
13 Sassuolo 36 43
14 Chievo 36 42
15 Udinese 36 41
16 Empoli 36 41
17 Atalanta 36 36
18 Cagliari 36 28
19 Cesena 36 24
20 Parma 36 17