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Luigi Ferraris (ATT 20,000) 26th March 2014 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: S Peruzzo

Genoa Genoa vs Lazio Lazio

Genoa 2

A Gilardino (65)
G Fetfatzidis (83)


Lazio 0

C Ledesma (S/O 90)

Italian Serie A: Genoa delivered a blow to Lazio's hopes of playing in Europe with a 2-0 win

Last Updated: 26/03/14 10:23pm

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Giuseppe Sculli and Alvaro Gonzalez battle for the ball

Giuseppe Sculli and Alvaro Gonzalez battle for the ball

Genoa delivered a blow to Lazio's hopes of playing in Europe next season with a 2-0 win at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris.

Alberto Gilardino and Ioannis Fetfatzidis scored the goals for Gianpiero Gasperini's men, who can now look forward to another season in the top flight having put 39 points in the bank, only three less than their guests.

For Lazio, it was an evening to forget as they also lost Cristian Ledesma to a red card late on.

Genoa could have been in front within a minute, but Stefano Sturaro volleyed wide.

Marco Motta's header was saved by Etrit Berisha as Genoa mounted an early assault on the Lazio goal.

Lazio responded and Stefano Mauri sent a shot over the crossbar before, back at the other end, Andrea Bertolacci wasted too much time from Gilardino's pass, and another chance went begging.

Former Lazio goalkeeper Albano Bizzarri came to Genoa's rescue 10 minutes before half-time when he saved Balde Keita's deflected effort, and the half ended with Gilardino shooting straight at Berisha.

Lazio saw their strong appeals for a penalty waved away by the referee on the hour mark when Mauri went down under the challenge of Riccardo Centurion, and five minutes later, Gilardino put the hosts in front.

Giuseppe Sculli, another former Lazio player, timed his pass to perfection to set up Gilardino, who needed just two touches to beat Berisha.

The Italy striker nearly made it two within minutes, but Berisha made an excellent reaction save to deny him.

A former Genoa player now on the Lazio books, Abdoulay Konko was then at fault as Genoa doubled their lead and put the game beyond Lazio in the 83rd minute.

He played Fetfatzidis onside from Cabral's pass, and the Greek midfielder picked his spot in the far corner of Berisha's goal.

Things went from bad to worse for Lazio, who lost Ledesma to a needless red card with just a few minutes to go.

After earning a first yellow card for protesting, the Argentinian continued to protest, prompting the referee to extract his yellow card once again, and show a red to compound Lazio's woes.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 28 67
2 Roma 28 53
3 Lazio 28 52
4 Sampdoria 28 48
5 Napoli 28 47
6 Fiorentina 28 46
7 Torino 28 39
8 AC Milan 28 38
9 Genoa 27 37
10 Inter Milan 28 37
11 Palermo 28 35
12 Udinese 27 33
13 Empoli 28 33
14 Sassuolo 28 32
15 Chievo 28 32
16 Verona 28 32
17 Atalanta 28 26
18 Cagliari 28 21
19 Cesena 28 21
20 Parma 26 9