Verona holds on to beat Livorno 3-2 in Serie A

DANIELLA MATAR Associated Press Published:

MILAN (AP) -- Hellas Verona almost squandered a three-goal lead but held on to win 3-2 at relegation-threatened Livorno in Serie A on Sunday.

Verona broke the deadlock 11 minutes from halftime when Luca Toni allowed Bosko Jankovic's cross to fly past him and into the net, wrongfooting Livorno goalkeeper Francesco Bardi.

Romulo doubled Verona's tally and Toni appeared to seal the win with his 12th goal of the season.

However, Livorno got back into the game in the second half with two goals in as many minutes.

Paulinho curled an effort into the far bottom corner in the 72nd minute before setting up Leandro Greco.

Livorno could not get the equalizer and remained a point off the bottom three. Verona moved level with fifth-placed Inter Milan, which hosts Cagliari later.