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Feb 23, 2014 at 11.30am UK at ​Armando Picchi
LivornoLivorno
2-3
Hellas VeronaHellas Verona
Paulinho (72'), Greco (73')
Emerson (40'), Gemiti (70'), Greco (74'), Coda (93')
FT(HT: 0-3)
Jankovic (32'), Romulo (42'), Toni (45')
Toni (55'), Sala (82')

Result: Hellas Verona hold off Livorno comeback

Hellas Verona hold off a second-half Livorno comeback to secure a 3-2 win in this afternoon's Serie A clash.

Hellas Verona held off a second-half fightback from Livorno to secure a 3-2 win in this afternoon's Serie A clash between the two sides.

Marko Jankovic of Hellas Verona FC celebrates after scoring a goal during the Serie A match between AS Livorno Calcio and Hellas Verona FC at Stadio Armando Picchi on February 23, 2014© Getty Images

The away side had the better of the opening stages and should have taken the lead through Luca Toni, but the veteran stumbled as he took his shot and put it wide.

Toni had another chance after holding off the defenders in the area, but his strike on the turn went just wide of the post.

Verona eventually took the lead just after the half-hour mark through Bosko Jankovic, who saw his cross from the left evade everyone in the box and find the bottom corner.

Verona made it 2-0 on 43 minutes when Toni found Romulo with a cross to set him up for a simple finish.

Toni then made it three in injury time after he was found by Juan Iturbe, who left the Italian with a simple tap-in.

The away side continued to dominate in the second half and came close with an effort from distance from Iturbe, though his shot went just wide of the post.

Livorno pulled a goal back on 72 minutes through Paulinho, who struck into the bottom right corner from the edge of the 18-yard box.

A minute later, Innocent Emeghara burst into the box before the ball fell to Leandro Greco, who expertly curled a shot into the top corner to make it 3-2.

Livorno continued to push for an equaliser, but struggled to create any clear-cut chances as they pegged Verona back.

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Marco Benassi of AS Livorno Calcio celebrates after scoring a goal during the Serie A match between AS Livorno Calcio and US Sassuolo Calcio at Stadio Armando Picchi on January 26, 2014
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2Palermo42208448
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4BeneventoBenevento321010557
5Hellas VeronaHellas Verona32107347
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