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March 15th, 2009 News none Comments

The invisible Ruben Olivera scores the only goal in the 85th minute

Genoa has won the important match to reach European Football against concurrent Cagliari by a late goal of Ruben Olivera in the 85th minute. Surely it was not the best match of the team of Mr. Gasperini, but we missed 3 experienced line-up players with Biava, Ferrari and Thiago Motta.

Genoa started with the young and expected 3 defenders: Sokratis (20), Bocchetti (22) and Criscito (22), while Milanetto substituted Thiago Motta as playmaker. At the beginning Cagliari was the best team in the field with a ball on the post, till referee Gervasoni helped Genoa (yes, it is possible this season) by giving Cossu his second yellow, so red card in the 38th minute. With 1 player more Genoa was the best team in the field and the Gasperini-boys created, but missed many chances. In the 65th minute Olivera finally scored, but the goal was irregulary annulated because of off-side. Six minutes before the end Diego Milito created himself a big chance that ended on the crossbar, but the frustation lasted only 1 minute when Olivera headed a great cross of Palladino behind goalkeeper Marchetti. After the goal our goalkeeper Rubinho had to make another great save to return after 35 years with 3 points to the aiport of Genova.

Supporters welcome Milito and Olivera at Cristoforo Colombo Airport

Because our 3 concurrents didn’t win their match (Fiorentina and Lazio lost, Roma draw) Genoa now is 4th in the standings, 2 points ahead of Fiorentina and Roma.

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