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Genoa travelled to Naples on Saturday for the Saturday night clash with Napoli and was very unlucky not to come away with a point.

Genoa came into the game Omar Milanetto, Rodrigo Palacio and Dario Dainelli sat out due to suspensions while Marco Rossi and Miguel Veloso.

Napoli were looking for their first victory in Serie A over Genoa since February 1995, but they have beat Genoa since then but in Serie B which was in January 2002.

Napoli started off quicker out of the blocks as Lavezzi had a daisy cutter which just went wide and at the other end former Napoli boy Antonio Floro Flores headed wide. In a very open game where both teams had a lot of chances in the first half without testing the keeper continued as Michele Pazienza headed from a Lavezzi free kick skimmed the post. At the other end the very impressive Juraj Kucka hit a screamer which just went wide which Morgan De Sanctis beaten.

It was fifty minutes into the game when there was a shot on goal when Morgan De Sanctis done well to claim an Emiliano Moretti header in the dour conditions. Lavezzi then went through the Genoa defence which ended with a bit of a tumble in the Genoa penalty box and the referee waved play on. Lavezzi then had a weak effort which was well handled by Eduardo, a sentence not said a lot this season Eduardo and well handled. Moments after coming off the bench Hasan Yebda bought out a good save from Eduardo as his header was well saved by the goalkeeper legs.

Napoli thought they scored on the sixty-seventh minute when Andrea Dossena whipped in a cross for Cavani to head home but he completely missed and it took a deflection of Kaladze but Eduardo pulled of a brilliant save to palm off the line. Moment later Eduardo pulled of another top notch save as he done well to deny Lavezzi header with a brilliant one handed save. The goal game for Napoli and it was Marek Hamsik who got the goal seven minutes from time as Dossena crossed in and Cavani flicked it on for Hamsik who chested the ball down by Criscito to fire an angle drive past Eduardo.

Genoa put the pressure on Napoli in stoppage time as a free kick was played in for Antonio Floro Flores who header skimmed the back post. But Napoli survived and claimed an important win for their Champions league spot.

News before the game in Naples that AC Milan has confirmed an agreement with Genoa for the full ownership off Kevin Prince-Boateng. Reports in Il Corriere Dello Sport say that Milan CEO Andrea Galliani has confirmed that Kevin Prince-Boateng will remain at Milan after reaching an agreement with Genoa to keep him permanently at the club. Galliani was quoted “he is our player. Genoa’s stake has been valued at £6m which will rise to £7m in case that Milan win the Scudetto. Boateng was signed by Genoa last summer from Portsmouth and then immediately loaned out to Milan after Milan could not afford the player.

The second club in Genoa is Sampdoria and they fought back three times at home to draw 3-3 with Brescia in a thrilling six goal relegation fight.

This was a massive game for both clubs were in a dog fight in the relegation to Serie B. Sampdoria were missing the suspended duo of Andrea Poli and Massimo Volta and the injured trio of Franco Semioli, Gilberto Martinez and Marco Padalino.

In a scrappy first half when both sides played with nerves and with few chances. Brescia took the lead five minutes into the second half and it came from a Zambelli cross which was dummied by Diamanti to Eder who scored from nine yards out thanks to a slight deflection. Just four minutes later Sampdoria equalised and it was Nicola Pozzi who got on the end of a Jonathan Biabiany cross to nod home from point blank range.

Bresica second goal came under controversy as Nicola Pozzi wanted a penalty for a challenge in the area but the referee waved on. Then Brescia goalkeeper Arcari clearance caused confusion between the two Sampdoria centre backs and in waltzed Andrea Caracciolo to tap in and do his bird celebration. in a mad thirteen minutes at the start of the second half it was 2-2 and it was Fernando Tissone who got the goal and thanks to an industrious run and thumping effort past Arcari who had no chance.

Maccarone and Pozzi missed chances for the home side and were made to pay with 6 minutes to go Brescia made it 3-2 and it came from a Diamanti cross which was badly defended and found Caracciolo unmarked at the back post to loop a header past Curci. But that was not the end of the scoring as in deep into stoppage time Sampdoria fought back for the third time to make it 3-3. It was all down to the hard work of Daniele Mannini who made mince meat of Jonathan Zebina running rings around him before firing a left effort at the near post from a very tight angle.

Next week in Round 36, it’s the Derby on Sunday night as Genoa play Sampdoria. Could Genoa send Sampdoria down into the mire of the relegation Zone and down to Serie B?

Scot Munroe

A Football fan for around 18 years since the age of 6 years old. My first love is Swindon town now managed by the mad man that is Paolo Di Canio. I have been a fan of Italian football for around 10-15 years now since the Channel four days back in the Uk with James Richardson. I am a Roma fan as well and i have been following the club since 2003 with the attack minded football with Totti and Cassano.

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