Nov 10, 2013 at 11.30am UK at ​Stadio Luigi Ferraris
Genoa
2-0
Hellas VeronaHellas Verona
Portanova (29'), Kucka (34')
Cofie (15')
FT(HT: 2-0)

Cacciatore (36')

Result: First-half goals give Genoa win

Genoa take all three points with a 2-0 win over Hellas Verona in this afternoon's Serie A clash.

Genoa took all three points with a comfortable 2-0 win over Hellas Verona in this afternoon's Serie A encounter.

Genoa's Daniele Portanova is congratulated by teammates after scoring the opening goal against Hellas Verona on November 10, 2013© Getty Images

Alberto Gilardino threatened for the home side after just five minutes, showing great control to find space, but his shot was well blocked by the defence.

Genoa dominated possession in the opening 15 minutes, but struggled to create any clear chances as the Verona defence stood firm.

Matuzalem had an effort on goal from the edge of the area on 18 minutes, but his strike did not trouble the goalkeeper, who gathered well.

Genoa took the lead just before the half-hour mark through Daniele Portanova, who headed home from Matuzalem's corner to make it 1-0.

The home side doubled their lead on 34 minutes when Matuzalem's accurate lofted pass found Juraj Kucka, who steered his header past the goalkeeper from close range.

Genoa's Juraj Kucka celebrates after scoring his team's second goal against Hellas Verona on November 10, 2013© Getty Images

Verona tried to push forward before the half-time whistle, but could not create anything in the last third.

Luca Toni came close to pulling a goal back for the away side two minutes into the second half, but he could only put his header from a free kick wide of the post.

Verona had a huge opportunity to get back into the game on 69 minutes through Bosko Jankovic, but he could not direct his headed effort on target.

Five minutes later, Jankovic had an effort from distance, although his strike went just wide of the mark.

Raphael Martinho should have made it 2-1 on 77 minutes when he darted into the area, but Mattia Perin stayed alert and denied the chance to keep the score at 2-0.

Toni came close against on 80 minutes, hitting the post with a header before Daniele Cacia sent a weak shot straight at the goalkeeper from the rebound.

Jorginho of Verona FC celebrates after scoring his teams fourth goal during the Serie A match between Hellas Verona FC and Parma FC at Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi on October 20, 2013
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