Fabio Liverani’s Genoa notched up a 0-0 draw away to Stoke City, who are just a week away from starting their season.
The hosts pushed hard in the first half-hour at the Britannia Stadium with Jonathan Walters and Peter Crouch threatening, but the 32-year-old England striker hit his header against the post.
Mattia Perin had his palms stung by a Charlie Adam rocket from distance and Nzonzi fired at the side-netting.
Davide Biondini wasted a good opportunity for the Grifone when set up by Andrea Bertolacci, while Perin was again decisive on Huth.
Luca Antonelli almost celebrated victory at the 85th minute, but forced Begovic into a crucial save when sent through by Mario Alberto Santana.