Genoa debuted Coach Pasquale Marino and striker Alberto Gilardino, but went down to a disastrous 3-0 demolition in Cagliari.
It’s a new year and a new Genoa, because both Coach Marino and striker Gilardino made their debuts for the club. Alberto Malesani was sacked before Christmas due to the humiliating 6-1 defeat at Napoli. Miguel Veloso, Kakha Kaladze and Rodrigo Palacio were out, so Gila was thrown straight into the starting XI just days after his transfer from Fiorentina. Cagliari were stuttering this season and under their third Coach of the campaign, missing Daniele Conti, Perico, Nene, Rui Sampaio and Sebastian Eriksson. January arrival Daniele Dessena made his debut in midfield and Davide Astori returned from a long injury lay-off.
Joaquin Larrivey should’ve given Cagliari the lead after 10 minutes, but at full stretch he managed to prod wide of an open goal from six yards on Dessena’s cross!
The referee pointed to the spot for a Juraj Kucka foul on Andrea Cossu. Larrivey stepped up to take the penalty and sent Sebastien Frey the wrong way, putting Cagliari in front.
A looping Cossu effort forced Frey to fingertip over the bar and from the resulting corner Michele Canini rattled the woodwork, as Cagliari were dominating the early stages.
Kucka was replaced by Cristobal Jorquera in a tactical change after just 35 minutes, as Genoa were simply not in the game at all.
Frey kept the Grifone only 1-0 down with a couple of stunning saves before half-time. First he rushed off his line to close down at Victor Ibarbo’s feet, then he beat a Larrivey header off the line from the resulting corner.
Victor Ibarbo gave the Sardinians a deserved 2-0 advantage when he sprung the offside trap in midfield and sprinted past Seymour to chip the on-rushing Frey.
Genoa went down to 10 men when Emiliano Moretti was shown a harsh straight red card for his clumsy tackle on Ibarbo. Granqvist was between them and the goal, so it was not a clear scoring opportunity and Genoa were furious.
There were no complaints about Cagliari’s third goal, though, as Agostini’s cross was prodded into his own net by Granqvist from six yards.
Larrivey incredibly wasted the chance to make it 4-0, as he ballooned over when totally unmarked from eight yards with only the goalkeeper to beat.
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Sent off: Moretti 66 (G)