Genoa dominated the Derby and humiliated local rivals Sampdoria 3-0, as Luca Antonini and Emanuele Calaiò had the perfect debuts.
The Derby della Lanterna took a bizarre twist over the weekend when Samp caught a Genoa youth team coach in full camouflage gear hiding in the bushes to spy on their training session. It has been a difficult start for both sides, as the Blucerchiati had one point and Genoa were rock bottom after two defeats in which they conceded seven goals.
Luca Antonelli has not recovered from an ankle injury picked up on international duty, while Mario Sampirisi is suspended after his red card. Samp picked Birkir Bjarnason in their midfield as Delio Rossi took on his old player Fabio Liverani, now on the Genoa bench.
Genoa broke the deadlock after just nine minutes, as Davide Biondini’s cross from the right found a Luca Antonini volley from 15 yards. The full-back had only arrived from Milan on transfer deadline day and could not have asked for a better debut. It was his fifth career Serie A goal in 149 appearances.
Alberto Gilardino was in the wall and charged down a fierce Eder free kick with his forehead, sending him flying, but the dazed striker was able to continue. Lorenzo De Silvestri blasted over and Emanuele Calaiò risked an own goal when deflected Eder’s cross.
Bjarnason ballooned a volley over from the edge of the box and Eder’s free kick was well off target, as Genoa held out well in defence.
Samp replaced Bjarnason with ex-Bayern Munich youth product Roberto Soriano for the second half. However, it was Genoa who doubled their lead with Calaiò. Sime Vrsaljko got down the right from Gilardino’s pass and pulled back for the ex-Napoli and Siena striker to fire in first time from nine yards on his Grifone debut.
Mattia Perin smothered a low Soriano effort and Angelo Palombo brought down Gilardino on the edge of the box. It was in ideal Francesco Lodi territory and the ex-Catania man curled a trademark free kick into the top corner past Junior Da Costa.
The first real save Perin had to make was on Gianluca Sansone in the final minute, as Samp were utterly toothless.