Poor Mattia Perin. The goalkeeper just can't catch a break. He spent last season at Pescara, who were relegated after conceding 84 goals. On the final day of the season, Fiorentina put five goals past the hapless delfini, an evening that likely still gives Perin nightmares.
But perhaps Perin should've just gone down with his old side -- at least then he wouldn't have had to relive the agonies of last May. Instead, he turned up in goal at the Marassi on Sunday evening, where the viola proceeded to put five past him once more. At least Genoa got in a couple of their own, although that likely brings little comfort to Perin, or any of his teammates, as the rossoblu remain pointless in the new season.
Genoa may have been lulled into a false sense of security when, after just two minutes, Giuseppe Rossi and Mario Gomez combined to create a set of spectacular misses. Rossi hit the post, and, when the ball fell to Gomez, the German sent it sky high.
Vincenzo Montella didn't have long to worry about his star forwards, however. By the time ten minutes were out, Alberto Aquillani had put Fiorentina ahead. The shiny-haired midfielder risked his locks to connect with Borja Valero's cross, heading past a flapping Perin.
The viola coach also didn't need to dwell on want-away Adem Ljajic's goal for his new side, seeing as barely five minutes had passed before Rossi managed to get the ball in the back of the net. Rossi got on the end of a headed pass from Gomez, but the goal was really thanks to Perin, who managed to fumble the ball backwards, over his head and into the back of the net.
After 24 minutes, Genoa had their first shot on target, with a header form Alberto Gilardino forcing Neto into a save. But then the rossoblu attempts kept coming, maybe in some sort of concerted team effort to allow Perin to dry his eyes and compose himself. The home side kept up the pressure for a good 15 minutes, winning corners and forcing Neto into a few more saves.
Then, entirely against the run of play, Fiorentina scored again. The Mario Gomez button proved impossible to load as viola fans worldwide celebrated the striker's first goal in Serie A -- a shot that came from such close range that even he could not contrive to miss.
Down 3-0 by the time the halftime whistle blew, it would've been easy for Genoa to simply give in and give up. Perhaps even seriously consider appealing to be allowed to drop down to Serie B. In fact, it did seem like they were throwing in the towel when Fabio Liverani brought on Matuzalem for the second half.
But then, strangely enough, Genoa scored. Unsurprisingly, that goal came from Gilardino; surprisingly, from his boot rather than his head. Even more surprisingly, Gila's impressive volleyed goal came courtesy of an assist from Matuzalem.
No, the world wasn't ending. That was made readily apparent when Fiorentina responded less than a minute later, with Rossi scoring his second. And yes, Perin was probably still celebrating when Rossi knocked in Fiorentina's fourth.
The visitors weren't so pleased, however, when Domenico Celi awarded Genoa a soft penalty after Marvin Compper gave a few tugs to Gilardino's shirt. As soon as Francesco Lodi stepped to the spot, conversion was assured, and sure enough, the midfielder sent Neto the wrong way and picked up the second rossoblu goal.
The excitement didn't stop there. Montella, no doubt exhausted from his side's three matches inside seven days, surprisingly lost his temper and gave Celi an earful. After the referee sent him off, Montella refused to walk around the pitch, instead choosing to traipse straight across the field.
Fiorentina were cruel enough to give the knife in Perin's heart one more twist, with a goal in stoppage time ensuring the viola once again put five past the goalkeeper. Celi helped by awarding a penalty when Mario Sampirisi took down substitute Matías Fernández, earning himself a second yellow in the process. Gomez sent Perin the wrong way, collecting his second goal in purple.
Seriously, someone go give Mati Perin a hug, ok?
Genoa: Perin; Antonelli, Portanova, Sampirisi, Manfredini; Santana (Matuzalem 46), Lodi, Kucka, Biondini; Floro Flores (Konate 57), Gilardino
Goals: Gilardino 54, Lodi 60
Fiorentina: Neto; Tomovic, Gonzalo Rodriguez, Compper, Pasqual; Pizarro (Fernández 66), Ambrosini, Aquilani; Borja Valero; Rossi, Gomez
Goals: Aquillani 10, Rossi 14, Gomez 41, Rossi 55, Gomez 90+4