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Luigi Ferraris 6th January 2014 - Kick off 14:00 Ref: G Rocchi

Genoa Genoa vs Sassuolo Sassuolo

Genoa 2

A Gilardino (pen 28)
A Bertolacci (45)

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Genoa halt winless run

Last Updated: 06/01/14 4:43pm

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Marcello Gazzola keeps track of Alberto Gilardino

Marcello Gazzola keeps track of Alberto Gilardino

Genoa halted a five-match winless run with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Sassuolo on Monday afternoon.

Alberto Gilardino set Genoa on their way in the 28th minute from the penalty spot before Alberto Bertolacci made it 2-0 before the interval.

Gilardino could have scored his second of the afternoon two minutes from time but saw another penalty superbly saved by Sassuolo goalkeeper Gianluca Pegolo.

The outcome was Genoa's first win since November 10 and lifted the Grifoni to ninth in Serie A.

Sassuolo, meanwhile, suffered their fourth straight defeat and are 18th in the table.

The hosts enjoyed a strong start and in the sixth minute Pegolo had to be alert to keep out a powerful header from Sebastian De Maio.

At the other end, Simone Missiroli nodded Domenico Berardi's cross wide.

Genoa had a golden chance to break the deadlock when the referee pointed to the penalty spot after Marcelo Gazzola held Luca Antonelli in the area.

Gilardino, who fought against the clock to recover from a shoulder injury in time for Monday's game, stepped up to take the penalty and struck a right-footed shot past Pegolo to put his side in front.

Missiroli was unlucky not to equalise in the 44th minute when his close-range header from Luca Antei's cross was kept out by Genoa goalkeeper Mattia Perin.

Genoa doubled their advantage one minute later when Moussa Konate's cross found Bertolacci in the box and he beat Pegolo with a right-footed shot.

The hosts continued to press forward after the break and in the 52nd minute Pegolo did well to clear Antonelli's stinging drive from 30 yards.

Sassuolo twice had the chance to reduce the deficit after the hour mark but substitute Simone Zaza's header from Domenico Berardi's cross went wide while Diego Farias' shot from 12 yards went off target.

In the 87th minute, Antonelli thought he had put his team 3-0 up only to see his goal-bound shot met by a fine save from Pegolo.

One minute later, Pegolo guessed correctly to save Gilardino's right-footed shot towards the centre of goal after the Genoa striker had been brought down by Paolo Bianco in the area.

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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