Toni on target for ten-man Genoa
Luca Toni's first goal for Genoa at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris was enough to earn the Grifone their first win at home this season.
Toni struck in the fifth minute of injury time to earn the ten-man hosts victory over Bari. Rodrigo Palacio put the home side ahead ten minutes before the break and Miguel Veloso hit the post before the interval. Paolo Barreto levelled from the penalty spot in the 53rd minute after Emiliano Moretti was sent off, but Toni decided the game with almost the last touch.
The home side rode their luck early on with Bari having three great chances from their first three attacks of the game. Barreto was denied by Eduardo in a one-on-one and Abdelkader Ghezzal lifted the loose ball onto the roof of the net.
Barreto then hit the post with his next shot and the ball almost rebounded in off Eduardo. The third big chance was for Jose Castillo, who was put through by Ghezzal, but Eduardo dived at his feet and kept hold of the ball as the Bari striker tried to take it round him. At the other end, Jean-Francois Gillet made an instinctive save from Toni.
Genoa went ahead in the 36th minute with a bit of luck as the ball cannoned off Toni's arm to Palacio, who dummied to shoot once before shifting the ball onto his left foot and sending it powerfully past Gillet. The home side almost went in two goals up when Veloso's free-kick was pushed onto the inside of the post by Gillet and the ball trickled along the line before Alessandro Parisi covered to clear the danger.
Bari were gifted an equaliser early in the second half when Moretti tugged the shirt of Castillo as he entered the penalty area. The referee pointed to the spot and sent the Genoa defender off before Barreto stroked the penalty home to level in the 53rd minute.
Even with ten men, Genoa continued to pose the greater threat with Toni going close twice with headers, the first saved instinctively by Gillet and the second just missing the far post. But they risked losing the game two minutes from time when Francesco Caputo raced clear, but Eduardo came to the rescue as, for the third time in the game, he won the one-on-one.
Toni then made it third time lucky with a header deep into stoppage time which was just out of reach of Gillet as it nestled in the far corner.