SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 3 - 4 Nov 2020 (17.00 UK)
Genoa 1 - 2 Torino
Lukic 10 (T), Pellegrini og 27 (T), Scamacca 94 (G)
Stadio Luigi Ferraris

Torino finally celebrated their first Serie A victory of the season, conquering Genoa 2-1 at Marassi in this rescheduled Week 3 match.

This Week 3 fixture was postponed in early October due to the COVID outbreak at Genoa, which affected 17 players and five members of staff. They had all recovered by the time this game was played, and they were fresh from a 1-1 Derby della Lanterna draw with Sampdoria. Toro gave Amer Gojak his Serie A debut and Andrea Belotti passed a late fitness test after the shock 4-3 defeat to Lazio, a match they had been leading 3-2 at the 92nd minute.

Toro took the lead when Edoardo Goldaniga tried to cut out a cross, but instead accidentally set it up for Sasa Lukic to fire in at the near bottom corner.

Genoa hit back and Gianluca Scamacca’s effort from a tight angle was cleared practically off the line by Nicola Murru, then VAR was used to evaluate Bremer’s challenge on Lukas Lerager, clipping his foot as they both went for the ball, but the referee waved play on after the on-field review.

Instead, Torino doubled their lead when Belotti rolled a ball across from the left and in an attempt to anticipate Lukic from five yards, Luca Pellegrini accidentally bundled into his own net.

A spectacular Nicolò Rovella acrobatic scissor-kick volley was heading for the net before Wilfried Stephane Singo made a decisive block.

The Granata threatened again on the hour mark with Belotti blasting over the bar, while Scamacca’s effort was charged down by Ricardo Rodriguez.

Rodriguez also went for goal himself on the counter, drilling wide, but Genoa did get one back deep into stoppages. Scamacca scored his first ever Serie A goal at the weekend in the Derby della Lanterna and found the net again here, making the most of substitute Goran Pandev’s assist to blast in at the near post with his right boot.

It was too late to complete the comeback, although the Grifone certainly tried, with goalkeeper Mattia Perin going up for a free kick.

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Genoa: Perin; Ghiglione, Goldaniga (Pandev 46), Zapata, Pellegrini (Criscito 67); Lerager, Badelj, Rovella (Destro 88); Zajc (Bani 46), Pjaca (Parigini 67); Scamacca
Torino: Sirigu; Singo (Vojvoda 74), Lyanco, Bremer, Murru (Rodriguez 54); Gojak (Meite 54), Rincon, Linetty (Ansaldi 88); Lukic, Belotti, Verdi (Bonazzoli 54)
Ref: Valeri