Khouma Babacar scored the only goal as 10-man Fiorentina beat Genoa in an ill-tempered encounter.

Olivier Ntcham went close early on for Genoa but the best chances came the way of the hosts – and they were wasted.

Babacar twice blasted the ball off target from good positions and Borja Valero saw two efforts narrowly miss. But Fiorentina made the breakthrough after an hour when Babacar headed in Valero’s corner.

However, Milan Badelj’s second yellow card just three minutes later was the eighth of the game and his second and resulted in him being sent off.

The Viola held on for all three points, though.

fio