Monday, October 6, 2008

Genoa overcomes Napoli 3-2

Gian Piero Gasperini's Genoa overcame a brilliant Napoli squad 3-2 in a exciting Serie A match. The Azzurri got off to an exciting start with their brilliant Boca Junior product Ezequiel Lavezzi catching Genoa off the break and scoring less than thirty seconds into the match. Napoli's superb defense play kept Genoa at bay until a minute before the break when Greek international Sokratis Papastathopoulos netted a rare goal to bring the match level. Unfortunately the first half was marred with Francesco Modesto being stretchered off with a suspect broken leg. Seven minutes after the break Genoa had the lead as Diego Milito fed a perfect pass to Raffaele Palladino who neatly converted. Disaster struck with Rossoblu three minutes later as Marco Rossi was handed a red-carded for his foul on Ezequiel Lavezzi. With seventeen minutes left in the match Ivan Jurić crossed a perfect volley to Diego Milito, which he promptly headed to the back of the net to give Genoa a 3-1 lead. Once again Napoli responded and only two minutes later Germán Denis drew one back to bring the match to 3-2. Genoa was down to nine men with Sokratis Papastrathopoulos receiving a yellow card near the ninetieth minute and while Napoli continued to pressure, Genoa was able to keep each foray out and claim the three points.

Rubinho,Giuseppe Biava,Domenico Criscito,Francesco Modesto (Salvatore Bocchetti 34'),Sokratis Papastrathopoulos,Ivan Jurić,Marco Rossi,Giandomenico Mesto,Giuseppe Sculli (Anthony Vanden Borre 80'),Diego Milito,Raffaele Palladino (Boško Janković 77')

Matteo Gianello,Leandro Rinaudo,Salvatore Aronica,Fabiano Santacroce (Matteo Contini 45'),Walter Gargano,Daniele Mannini (João Inacío Pià 67'),Michele Pazienza (Francesco Montervino 74'),Cristian Maggio,Marek Hamsik,Germán Denis,Ezequiel Lavezzi

Genoa returns to action after the international break on the 19th against Siena.