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Luigi Ferraris 21st September 2013 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: Piero Giacomelli

Genoa Genoa vs Livorno Livorno

Genoa 0

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Livorno 0

Livorno hang on for stalemate

Last Updated: 21/09/13 11:03pm

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Emanuele Calaio in a tussle for the ball

Emanuele Calaio in a tussle for the ball

Livorno withstood a late Genoa charge to claim a point from their trip to the Stadio Luigi Ferraris and continue their promising start to the new Serie A season.

Davide Nicola's side, who came into the match following back-to-back victories over Sassuolo and Catania, had the better of the first-half chances and also had a goal disallowed midway through the second period, but it was Genoa who finished the stronger.

They struck the bar through Thomas Manfredini in the 77th minute and then Emanuele Calaio saw his effort cleared off the line by Livorno defender Andrea Coda a minute later.

Genoa continued to push and another Manfredini header went just over before, deep into stoppage time, the hosts were denied by a brilliant save by Livorno keeper Francesco Bardi as he tipped over Calaio's header to ensure his side of a share of the spoils.

The result leaves Genoa on four points following their superb derby win over Sampdoria last time out while Livorno now have seven points from their four games.

It looked like a third successive victory could be on the cards for Livorno as they created the more dangerous opportunities in the opening hour, with Genoa keeper Mattia Perin doing well to keep out efforts from Andrea Luci and Innocent Emeghara while Paulo Sergio Betanin and Alfred Duncan both just failed to hit the target for the visitors.

Livorno then had a goal chalked off in the 72nd minute for offside against Ibrahima Mbaye, who had tapped home the loose ball after Perin had kept out Pasquale Schiattarella's low shot.

Livorno could not find the breakthrough though, and in the end they were forced to ride their luck just to get a point as Genoa, inspired by Romania international Adrian Stoian whose balls into the area created all of their late chances, pushed hard for the victory.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 15 36
2 Roma 15 35
3 Sampdoria 15 26
4 Genoa 15 26
5 Lazio 15 26
6 AC Milan 15 24
7 Napoli 15 24
8 Fiorentina 15 23
9 Udinese 15 21
10 Palermo 15 21
11 Inter Milan 15 20
12 Sassuolo 15 19
13 Verona 15 17
14 Empoli 15 16
15 Torino 15 14
16 Atalanta 15 14
17 Chievo 15 13
18 Cagliari 15 12
19 Cesena 15 8
20 Parma 15 7