Inter Milan ended a run of three straight defeats in Serie A, and Genoa ensured its place in Italy's top flight next season following a 0-0 draw at the Marassi on Sunday.
The Rossoblu, who secured their survival thanks to Palermo's 1-0 defeat at Fiorentina, came flying out of the blocks, as within the first 10 minutes Marco Borriello evaded his marker to send in a towering header, but Samir Handanovic pulled off a miraculous finger-tip save to deny the forward.
Their relentless start to the match showed no signs of abating as Antonio Floro Flores then unleashed a strike from the edge of the box that stung the palms of the Slovenian Handanovic, who read the situation aptly.
Marco Rigoni was the next to fashion an opening, but his strike - which appeared to be heading goal-bound - cannoned off a Rossoblu teammate and the chance soon went begging. With just seconds of the first half remaining, Andrea Bertolacci's beautiful curling attempt from was again stopped in its tracks by Handanovic's equally-impressive reflexes.
The second half failed to inspire much of an improvement, and the opening stages of the period saw both teams happy to settle into a lull, although Inter was afforded more of the ball.
Inter's increased emphasis on a short passing game was almost rewarded as on the hour mark, Tomasso Rocchi found space on the edge of the box and pinged the ball onto the corner of the stanchion. The tempo continued to nose-dive, with both teams' fates having already been decided, and a point was the most fitting outcome in the Italian port town.
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