Double in the first half of the Roman striker, Destro and Vasquez (debut) in the 90 ‘give Ballardini a draw
Crazy game at the Ferraris. The 2-2 final is a prize to the pride of Genoa, but it sounds mocking for a Sassuolo ahead by two to zero in the first half and who then did not have the clarity to end the match. The rossoblu suffer, flounder, go under, chase and eventually catch up in extremis against an opponent who starts strong, thanks to the double advantage of the former Scamacca, but then fails several times – due to bad luck or inaccuracy, and here is the fault of the men of Dionisi – the opportunity to close a challenge that thus remains in the balance until the end. Dionisi’s team thus tears only a small point, while Ballardini breathes avoiding the risk of a new defeat, even if the ranking remains worrying. The hosts pay for their unfortunate start, against an opponent who until the middle of the first half is lighter, more concrete, and with higher quality. Genoa seems more awkward, entrusted to some intuition of individuals, with the defense in pain, with a median that struggles to produce play and is ineffective in interdiction, with an attack that lives on the flashes of Destro. Ballardini, struggling with the usual emergency, made Vasquez debut in the center of the defense relying on the Destro-Pandev couple in attack. Among the guests, the former Scamacca man more advanced than the attack, with Berardi-Raspadori-Djuricic behind him.
The start of the race is all in favor of Dionisi’s men. At 2 ‘Raspadori serves Scamacca who kicks in the center from the edge, Sirigu blocks without difficulty. Sassuolo quickly verticalizes the game, brings many men into the Genoa area and the rossoblùs immediately go into trouble. At 9 ‘Scamacca scored, leaving Vasquez too static and beating Sirigu. The silent check to evaluate the attacker’s position is infinite: three minutes of waiting between the whistles of the audience, but in the end the attacker’s offside position is confirmed. But at 18 ‘, on a sudden reversal of the front, here is the 0-1, with Pandev on the ground on the rossoblu trocar (hence the Genoa protests): on an assist from Berardi, good at avoiding the return of Badelj, Scamacca controls very well the ball and beats Sirigu. Sassuolo also lighter in the head, and it shows. For Genoa it is the worst moment of the first half: from a cross from the right, with the whole team lined up in front of Sirigu, a low shot by Toljan, triggered by Lopez, passes towards the opposite wing: Scamacca, again, takes advantage of the involuntary deviation , but decisive, by Criscito and on the opposite post is quick to touch the net. 0-2 after 21 minutes. Genoa has not reached this moment, even if unexpectedly Destro, on the fifth goal of the season, reopens it with his head in the 27th minute, surprising Consigli thanks to a restart favored by Rovella which is completed with the cross from the right by Fares. At 30 ‘Sassuolo goes very close to the third goal, with a close diagonal from Raspadori on a delicious ball from Djuricic that goes off to the side.
Ballardini is looking for alternative solutions: outside Sabelli, inside Ekuban in attack alongside Destro and Pandev further back. Rossoblù with the 4-3-1-2, Destro scores again but Chiffi cancels for offside of the attacker. Genoa finds a little courage: in the 38th minute Pandev engages Councils, then Djuricic (44 ‘) hits the post to the left of Sirigu, the ball returns to the field and the rossoblu number one is saved and blocks, once again legitimizing the greater brilliance of the Emilians. The second half brought another change for the hosts, with Kallon (placed wide on the right) taking the place of Badelj. Grifone with the 4-4-2, but Sassuolo is always ready to sting. Scamacca (4 ‘) incredibly misses the personal hat-trick from two steps, and in the same action Biraschi goes out, replaced by Cambiaso. Toljan (13 ‘) has a prodigious recovery on Destro, and here Dionisi’s team loses lucidity for the first time, pressed by a Genoa that tries to get back into the game with its heart. Ekuban sends a very easy conclusion to the steps (14 ‘) with the door wide open. Frattesi tries in vain the way of the goal (19 ‘). The mistake of Sirigu short postponement) favors Berardi who tries to serve Scamacca, but the attacker misses the goal by a whisker. It is a game that now lives on episodes, and the rossoblu ask for a penalty for a contact in the Emilian area between Ferraris and Pandev. Ballardini also plays the Caicedo card, making his absolute debut.
So we come to an end when Vasquez, bronze at the Tokyo Olympics with Mexico, and today at his debut, finds the sensational equal of head taking advantage of a hole between Chiriches and Ferrari. Very hot final, with Berardi controversial at the moment of the change and the situation that lights up, on the pitch and on the benches. However, it ends up amidst the long applause of the northern steps for the former Goldaniga, whose grandfather wore the Griffin shirt in the 1950s.
October 17, 2021 (change October 17, 2021 | 19:00)
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