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Soccer: Bessa scores against parent club to help Genoa beat Verona

Genoa's Daniel Bessa, left, celebrates with his teammates after scoring his side's second goal during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Genoa and Verona at the Luigi Ferraris stadium in Genoa, on April 23, 2018. (Luca Zennaro/ANSA via AP)

GENOA, Italy (AP) -- Daniel Bessa may have helped relegate his club as he scored in Genoa's 3-1 victory over Hellas Verona in Serie A on Monday.

    The result put Verona six points from safety with four matches remaining.

    Genoa is almost assured of safety as it moved 12 points clear of 18th-placed Spal, which has a better head-to-head record.

    Bessa, on loan from Verona, was sent in at 1-1, and he broke the deadlock 12 minutes from time.

    Fellow subsitute Goran Pandev sealed the match in stoppage time when he spotted Nicolas off his line and sent a delightful chip over the Verona goalkeeper.

    Genoa got off to a perfect start when Iuri Medeiros curled in Diego Laxalt's pass inside six minutes. Verona leveled nearly an hour later through a Romulo penalty after an Oscar Hiljemark handball.

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