Serie A

Fiorentina climbs Serie A ladder

uraj Kucka of Genoa CFC #33 and Matias Fernandez of ACF Fiorentina
Genoa's Kucka (R) and Fiorentina's Fernandez (L) compete for the ball Thursday night.
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GENOA, Italy (AP)


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Fifth-place Fiorentina beat struggling Genoa 1-0 on Thursday to move into contention for the Champions League places in Serie A.

Manuel Pasqual, the Tuscan club's captain, scored in the 14th minute with a lob over former Fiorentina goalkeeper Sebastien Frey in the 14th minute, following a perfectly placed long pass from defender Gonzalo Rodriguez.

With 18 points, Fiorentina moved within one point of fourth-place Lazio. Defending champion Juventus leads with 28 points, followed by Inter Milan (24), Napoli (22) and Lazio (19).

The top two finishers qualify automatically for the Champions League, while the third-place team goes into the final playoff round.

Genoa remained fifth from the bottom with nine points.

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