Goalless stalemate at the Stadio Bentegodi where neither Verona nor Genoa could find the net. The Grifone played their first competitive game in three weeks after a Coronavirus outbreak that hit the team.
The Rossoblu had had 22 cases of Covid in their team and their Dictor of Sport Daniele Faggiano revealed before the game that 13 members of the team are still positive. Several players, however, could not join the team as they are still not fit to play.
Verona also had two players, Koray Gunter and Antonin Barak, out of action because of Covid.
Mattia Perin was the first player to caught the virus at Genoa but he recovered and started in goal.
The Juventus loanee had to face a tough tackle of Andrea Favilli who tried to steal the ball from his feet inside the penalty area but the goalkeeper somehow managed to clear the area. Verona had a good start but Genoa always seemed dangerous with counter attacks, at least in the first half.
The hosts stung Perin’s gloves a couple of times but Genoa had their best chance of the game with Goran Pandev who forced Marco Silvestri to concede a corner kick. Ebrima Colley came close to scoring one minute later but his effort was palmed wide by Perin who also tipped over the bar a header of Favilli minutes before the half time whistle.
Verona tried to push forward in the second half and Perin was once again forced to make several saves although many of them were easy. The most difficult one was made to deny a header of Davide Faraoni who tried to make the most of an assist of Federico Dimarco.
Ivan Juric tried everything he could to win the game and gave Nikola Kalinic his debut after 60 minutes when the Croat came in to replace Andrea Favilli.
Kalinic, however, was easily controlled by Christian Zapata who knows him well having played with him at Milan.
Genoa couldn’t make a single shot on target in the second half but were very focused defensively and managed to come back home with a very good draw.
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