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David Schiavone On September - 18 - 2009

Genoa Rise to the Top

Genoa's Crespo celebrates against NapoliGenoa Cricket and Football Club take themselves back into an arena that they haven’t experienced in a long time, the European arena, as they face Slavia Prague in the Europa League. This event coupled with the 4-1 victory over Napoli on Sunday evening, it has been a truly wonderful week for the Genovese side.

The match between Genoa and Napoli was a highly anticipated game as it contained two of Serie A’s most attacking and entertaining sides. Although Napoli were under a bit of pressure after an indifferent start to the season, Genoa were sitting proudly as joint leaders of Serie A.

The match itself was a brilliant advert for Calcio, end to end stuff, stunning goals, penalties and red cards a plenty, no football fan could have asked for a more entertaining evening. Napoli landed the early blows and were aided in their efforts by Domenico Criscito being sent off after half an hour for a foul-mouthed tirade aimed at the referee. Marek Hamsik then put Napoli in the lead with a fine pass and move goal, culminating in a shot from the tightest of angles.

Genoa refused to give up, this underlines the attitude of Il grifone and the rewards were soon to come. Hugo Campagnaro was sent off for a send bookable offence as he tripped Guiseppe Sculli in the penalty area; Sergio Floccari duly converted the spot kick. Parity restored.

As the game wore on Genoa pressed and gained their advantage from Giandomenico Mesto, who cut in from the left and powered a shot into the far top corner from about 25 yards. A magnificent way to take the lead. Further goals from Hernan Crespo and Houssine Kharja wrapped up a thrilling game and superlative performance from Genoa.

Victory over Napoli kept Genoa’s 100 percent record for the season in tact and the emphatic nature of the result meant they leapt to the summit of Serie A. The current side have also equalled the Genoa side of 1932-33, as this was the last time they won their opening three fixtures in the top flight.

Another interesting observation was the unbridled sense of team unity, team spirit and belief. Even going a goal down and a man down, the rossoblu continued to attack and at least try to pin their opponents back. After every goal, it was a team celebration not just an individual player then after the full time whistle, the entire Genoa side saluted the ultras in emphatic and appreciative fashion. The mood among Gasperini’s men seems to be extremely upbeat and positive which can only bode well in the future.

To add further celebration, this week marks the first European outing for Genoa for a long while and a 2-0 win over Slavia Prague added extra sweetness to the festivities. The future definitely looks bright for them, also if this form can be maintained then a serious Scudetto challenge could be in the offing.

Considering the amount of transfer activity at the Marassi in the summer, it is a wonder Genoa have gelled so quickly. This is testament to Gasperini who is quickly establishing himself as one of Europe’s most talented coaches. But only time will tell how the season will unfold, but on recent evidence, things look very bright indeed.

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