SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 26 - 4 Mar 2012 (14.00 UK)
2 - 2 Genoa
Sculli 21, 86 (G), Muriel 63 (L), Brivio 81 (L)
Stadio Via Del Mare

It was a four-goal thriller at the Stadio Via del Mare, as Giuseppe Sculli’s brace scraped a point for Genoa against Lecce.

Serse Cosmi’s men were coming off back-to-back victories and hoped to take advantage of the fact Genoa now have the worst defensive record in Serie A. Carlos Grossmuller, Massimo Oddo and Julio Sergio were on the treatment table. The visitors had just one point from their last four games and welcomed back Davide Biondini from suspension, but Alberto Gilardino, Luca Antonelli and Cesare Bovo were still sidelined.

Going into this encounter, Genoa had only ever lost one Serie A encounter with Lecce, 2-1 here in January 1990.

Luis Muriel nodded wide from six yards and Juraj Kucka’s daisy-cutter skimmed the upright in the early stages.

Genoa took the lead on 21 minutes, as Giuseppe Sculli’s back-heel flick was cleared off the line by Leonardo Miglionico, but only after it had already crossed over. Rodrigo Palacio and Bosko Jankovic combined in the build-up at the by-line.

Bad news for Genoa, as Andreas Granqvist fell very heavily on to his right leg and appeared to damage knee ligaments. He was stretchered off in clear pain.

Lecce went close to an equaliser, as Bertolacci ran on to the through ball and Sebastien Frey rushed off his line to close down.

Palacio had the chance to make it 2-0 for Genoa, but the shot went wide under pressure from Moris Carrozzieri after the chest and half-volley.

Serse Cosmi was constantly shouting from the touchline and protesting every decision, so was sent off before half-time for dissent when he asked for Juraj Kucka’s second yellow card. Moments later Lecce also felt that Kucka had handled in the box.

There were even more furious protests in first half stoppages, as Muriel seemed to be brought down by Carvalho, but again the referee waved play on.

Cosmi started the second half in the stands, where he was clearly seen shouting into a phone. Kucka aimed two long-range blockbusters at the near post in the space of 30 seconds, both plucked out of the air by Benassi.

Juan Cuadrado picked up an injury, but Lecce did get a deserved equaliser as Muriel burst forward down the left channel from Bertolacci’s pass and smashed his shot under the bar beyond Frey.

Di Michele had the ball in the net again moments later, but was clearly offside. At the other end, Bosko Jankovic’s fierce free kick shaved a coat of paint off the upright, then Palacio’s angled drive was misplaced on a rapid counter-attack.

Benassi palmed another Jankovic free kick out from under the bar, then got down low to block a rare Kakha Kaladze foray forward.

Lecce overturned the result to go 2-1 up in the final nine minutes, as Pierluigi Brivio hit a rocket of a free kick that slotted under the bar with Frey floundering.

However, Genoa pegged it back to 2-2 when a corner found Sculli’s heavily deflected header off Guillermo Giacomazzi, completely wrong-footing Benassi.


: Benassi; Tomovic, Carrozzieri, Miglionico; Cuadrado (Blasi 55), Bertolacci, Giacomazzi, Delvecchio, Brivio; Di Michele (Bojinov 77), Muriel
Genoa: Frey; Rossi, Granqvist (Carvalho 33), Kaladze, Moretti (Belluschi 81); Mesto, Kucka, Biondini, Jankovic (Constant 71); Palacio, Sculli
Ref: Russo