Genoa 1-2 Napoli: Petagna rescues a win for visitors

A goal from the bench proved to be the difference between Genoa and their Neapolitan visitors on Sunday evening. In a hard fought victory Fabian Ruiz and Andrea Petagna provided the goals for Napoli, whilst Andrea Cambiaso provided the hosts their consolation. Despite this Genoa were incandescent with Gordon Pandev’s ruled out goal.

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Still hampered by injuries to Mertens, Zielinski, Demme and Ghoulam as well as the suspension of Osimhen from their 2-0 victory over Venezia, Napoli had to utilise Lorenzo Insigne as a stopgap centre-forward. However for the hosts it was still very much an uphill battle, an opening day 4-0 hammering by Inter Milan, and still without many of their newest signings.

A cross from Matteo Politano was dinked over by Lozano’s headed effort and soon after Insigne clipped the near post after his effort was deflected. After these rough opening minutes Genoa grew into the game with Meret being forced into a hard save by Ghiglione.

The opener came about when Matteo Politano passed the ball off to Ruiz who in turn drilled his left footed shot into the bottom left corner from just outside the box. 0-1.

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The hosts would have been kicking themselves for flapping a massive triple change to come level after they’d kicked off again, Meret once again denied Ghiglione with a fantastic save, who’s follow up was run down by Mario Rui before Rovella sent the third chance wide.

However come the 54th minute, controversy struck. An awfully timed leap from Meret caused him to drop the ball over Buksa, giving Pandev free reign to slot home. However upon reviewing the situation on VAR it was ruled that Buksa had done what to some is known as Harry Kane’s signature move into a now relieved Meret.

It came to Genoa youth product Andrea Cambiaso to find an equaliser, who volleyed Ghiglione’s cross in past the back post with his left foot. 1-1.

The levelled playing field wouldn’t last however, in the 84th minute Petagna got a glancing header to Rui’s free kick putting the visitors back in control. 1-2.

In their next match the Azzuri take on Juventus at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona, one of the heavyweight matches in Italian football this will be sure to be a heated and highly contested affair. Despite this I can only realistically see a draw between the two sides, Juventus have been in unenviable form to start this Serie A campaign taking only 1 point from their opening two fixtures, however even though Napoli have taken 6 points from a possible 6, unless their injured players bounce back over the international break I cannot see them packing enough punch to make it 3 wins in 3 games. My prediction: 1-1.

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