Rome – Genoa moved up to fourth place in the Italian Serie A Saturday, winning 1-0 away to 10-man Cagliari through a late goal from substitute Ruben Olivera.
After an evenly balanced and fairly slow-paced half hour, Cagliari had a first chance when Uruguayan Diego Lopez headed against the post on 35 minutes.
However, the Sardinia hosts’ had their efforts seriously hampered four minutes later as midfielder Andrea Cossu was sent off with a second booking.
Genoa began seriously profiting from Cossu’s dismissal in the second half, but found a big hurdle in the great form of goalkeeper Federico Marchetti, who made great saves on two efforts from Giuseppe Sculli and blocked a fast shot from Bosko Jankovic.
The game flared up in the last 10 minutes as Cagliari veteran Michele Fini had a close-range drive saved before Argentine Diego Milito hit the bar and his Uruguayan team-mate Olivera nodded home the winner on 85 minutes.
The sees Genoa move on to fourth place ahead of Fiorentina, who play a daunting game at leaders Inter Milan late Sunday, after Roma visit Sampdoria looking to advance in joint-fourth position.
The last of four available Champions League berths is now more than a dream for Genoa, who in 2007 returned to the top flight after 12 seasons in the Serie B.
The seaside club was founded in 1893 by Englishmen and Scots who resided in the capital of the Liguria region with the name Genoa cricket and football club.
It is considered Italy’s oldest club and boasts nine national titles won between 1898 and 1924.
A late Saturday game pits second-place Juventus against lowly guests Bologna. Juve look to reduce their seven-point gap to Inter with 11 games left. (dpa)