Stadio San Paolo, Napoli, Italy
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FT: The result means that Napoli move back into second on 51 points whilst Genoa remain in 16th on 25 points before the rest of the weekend’s matches
FT: Genoa also created a few chances and tested Reina on a few occasions. First Hiljemark’s powerful drive was well-saved by Reina before Simeone’s header from an Orbán freekick tested the former Liverpool keeper.
FT: The hosts could have added a few more but they did make the breakthrough shortly after the break through Zieliński’s fine strike and Giaccherini’s tap-in after the hour-mark. They had other chances too. Diawara fired just wide after Mertens’ strike was parried by Lamanna before Insigne’s curling-effort was palmed away. Insigne then fired the ball over the bar after a fine cross-field pass from Reina before a Ghoulam freekick was palmed behind by Lamanna.
FT: So Napoli defeat a well-disciplined Genoa ahead of their Champions League clash against Real Madrid.
90’+2′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the match to an end.
90’+1′ Rog receives a yellow card for a lunging-challenge on Orbán.
90′ There will be two additional minutes.
86′ Orbán wins a freekick.
82′ Simeone wins a freekick.
80′ The delivery is cleared.
80′ Close!! Ghoulam’s curling freekick is palmed behind by Lamanna.
79′ Allan wins a freekick in a good position after a foul from Burdisso, who receives a yellow card.
78′ Taarabt fires an effort harmlessly off-target from-range.
77′ Final Napoli change sees Mertens replaced by former Genoa striker Leonardo Pavoletti.
74′ Second Napoli change sees Allan replace Hamšík.
73′ First Napoli change sees Giaccherini replaced by Marko Rog.
69′ Chance!! Reina kicks the ball up field to Insigne, who controls the ball well before firing over the bar.
69′ Close!! Orbán’s delivery is met by Simeone but his header is saved well by Reina.
68′ Maggio is penalised for a foul on Laxalt.
67′ Goal!! Mertens surges forward, beats Burdisso and squares the ball to Giaccherini, who taps home. It was his first league goal for the Neapolitans.
66′ Orbán receives a yellow card for a cynical foul on Mertens.
63′ The delivery is punched clear by Lamanna.
62′ Maggio wins a corner.
61′ Mertens is penalised for a foul.
60′ Chance!! Insigne cuts-inside to fire a curling-effort that Lamanna palms away.
59′ Chance!! Taarabt does well to keep possession and find Hiljemark, who fires a powerful effort from-range that Reina saves well.
57′ Final Genoa change sees Adel Taarabt replace Palladino.
56′ The delivery just evades Burdisso before the hosts clear the danger.
55′ Lazović wins a corner.
54′ The corner is cleared.
54′ The corner is taken short before Giaccherini’s delivery is headed back across goal by Koulibaly but the ball is cleared behind by Rigoni just ahead of Mertens.
53′ Lazović concedes a corner.
51′ Chance!! Mertens beats his man before firing an effort that Lamanna palms away into the path of Diawara, who fires an effort just wide.
50′ Close!! Mertens fires an effort from-range that Lamanna saves well.
49′ Goal!! After Mertens’ pull-back is cleared, the loose ball falls to Zieliński, who fires home.
48′ Diawara’s delivery is cleared.
47′ Giaccherini wins a freekick in a good position.
45′ Napoli get the second-half underway.
HT: So will Napoli break the deadlock or will Genoa frustrate the hosts and possibly get snatch something of their own? Join us again for the second-half.
HT: Napoli have to be more clinical in front of goal as Genoa, despite rarely threatening Reina’s goal, have enough quality to make the Neapolitans rue their missed opportunities. Genoa have been forced into making two early substitutions but have defended well against a good and Napoli side, who haven’t got into their rhythm. They need to be able to hold-out for another 90+ minutes against a side who possess enough quality to change the complexion of the game. They also need to be more clinical in front of goal themselves if they are to grab more than just a point.
HT: The visitors haven’t really got going and haven’t created many chances but they have got into some promising positions. First Simeone fired an effort just over the bar from a tight-angle via a deflection before Rigoni’s effort from-range produced an easy save for Reina.
HT: The hosts had a number of chances in the first-half. First Koulibaly volleyed wide before Hamšík headed just wide at the near-post following a corner. Insigne forced Lamanna into a fine save before the winger fired wide under-pressure. Giaccherini had a good chance late-on but his effort was tame. The former Sunderland man thought he should have had a penalty earlier in the half but he went too ground too easily under a challenge from Gentiletti.
HT: So we’re goalless at the break with nothing to separate the two sides.
45’+2′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the first 45 minutes to an end.
45’+1′ Chance!! Hamšík gets the better of his man and the ball falls to Giaccherini, who fires an effort that produces a comfortable save from Lamanna.
45′ There will be two additional minutes.
44′ Chance!! Mertens sends Insigne through on-goal but the winger fires wide under-pressure.
42′ The delivery is cleared.
42′ Burdisso concedes a corner.
41′ Rigoni fires an effort at goal from-range but his tame shot produces a comfortable save from Reina.
38′ The corner is taken short and the visitors deal with the threat.
38′ Second Genoa change sees the injured Veloso replaced by Danilo Cataldi.
37′ Slight delay in the match as Veloso is down with an injury and is receiving treatment.
36′ Maggio sends in a teasing delivery that Burdisso clears behind for a corner.
35′ The delivery is punched clear by Lamanna to Insigne, who fires the loose ball harmlessly off-target.
35′ Close!! Insigne fires a dipping effort from-range that Lamanna tips over the bar.
33′ Chance!! The delivery is met by Hamšík, who heads wide at the near-post.
32′ Giaccherini wins a corner.
32′ Chance!! A teasing delivery from Ghoulam is met by Koulibaly, who fires wide on the volley.
31′ The delivery is cleared.
31′ Lamanna cannot prevent the ball from going behind. Corner to Napoli.
30′ The delivery is cleared.
30′ Ghoulam wins a corner.
28′ Insigne fires an effort harmlessly off-target from-range.
25′ Simeone is penalised for a foul.
22′ Rigoni is penalised for a foul.
21′ The delivery from Ghoulam is dangerous but the visitors deal with the threat.
21′ Laxalt concedes a corner.
20′ The delivery is cleared.
19′ Close!! Simeone is played through and fires an effort that deflects just over the bar from a tight-angle.
18′ First Genoa change sees the injured Gentiletti replaced by Lucas Orbán.
17′ The delivery is cleared before Gentiletti wins a freekick. The defender is down with an injury and is receiving treatment.
16′ Burdisso concedes a corner.
16′ The corner is taken short to Veloso, whose deflected cross is headed wide by Gentiletti.
15′ Laxalt wins a corner.
15′ The corner is taken short to Veloso, whose delivery is cleared.
15′ Albiol concedes a corner.
12′ Diawara wins a freekick.
10′ Maggio is penalised for a foul.
9′ Penalty appeal!! Giaccherini is bundled to the ground under a challenge from Gentiletti but the referee is unmoved. The former Sunderland midfielder went to ground too easily there.
4′ Ghoulam wins a freekick.
4′ Play resumes.
3′ Reina puts the ball out of play as Mertens is down with an injury.
0′ Genoa get the game underway.
S.S.C. Napoli: Pepe Reina (GK), Faouzi Ghoulam, Kalidou Koulibaly, Raúl Albiol, Christian Maggio, Marek Hamšík, Amadou Diawara, Piotr Zieliński, Lorenzo Insigne, Dries Mertens, Emanuele Giaccherini
C.F.C. Genoa: Eugenio Lamanna (GK), Santiago Gentiletti, Nicolás Burdisso, Ezequiel Muñoz, Diego Laxalt, Oscar Hiljemark, Miguel Veloso, Darko Lazović, Raffaele Palladino, Giovanni Simeone, Luca Rigoni