Gradinata Nord with the 7 logo’s of Genoa during the years
After the victory in Rome against Lazio (0-1 by a penalty of Perotti) the gialloblu of Hellas Verona came to Marassi. Especially because of the many extreme-right fans of Hellas it was very nice that this was the match of our coloured player M’Baye Niang who scored 2 of our goals in the 5-2 victory. The other 3 goals were scored by Bertolacci, Perotti and an own goal of defender Agostini of Verona. With this victory we have just like Sampdoria 35 points and we raise to the 6th position in the standings.
M’Baye Niang scores 2-0 against Hellas Verona after a cross of Falque
On Saturday 21st February the derby was postponed because of the heavy rainfall the last 3 hours before the match. After hours of discussion about the new day the match again took place on Tuesday 24th February at 18.30 hours. In the 17th minute Iago Falque opened the score after a perfect cross of M’Baye Niang. The happiness lasted only 2 minutes when Roncaglia lost the ball just outside the penaltyarea and Eder scored the equalizer. In the 94th and last minute Genoa was very close to score the deserved winning goal, but Kucka headed the ball on the crossbar and the rebound of Bertolacci was saved by goalkeeper Viviano. Genoa stays 6th in the standings with 36 points.
Iago Falque celebrates his openinggoal in the derby
Finally again a victory for the Gasp-boys. Diego Perotti realized the penalty in the 30th minute after the foul of goalkeeper Marchetti against Niang: 0-1 in Stadio Olimpico. Genoa refused several times to decide the match definitively by scoring a second goal so till the last minute we had to suffer. With this victory Genoa has beaten Lazio 8 times in a row from season 2011/2012 till now. Our team of captain Mattia Perin is now 7th in the standings with 32 points in 22 matches. Strange but true: so far we booked the same results as in the first part of this season against Napoli (1-2 defeat), Fiorentina (0-0 in Florence and 1-1 in Genova) and Lazio (1-0 victory). The match in Verona against Hellas ended in 2-2, Sunday we want to break with the statistics and win in Marassi.
Unless the good position in the standings Mr. Preziosi (again) bougth and sold many players in the winter transferperiod. Mr. Gasperini lost and welcomed 8 players:
NEW (substitute of):
22 Marco Borriello, A.S. Roma (Alessandro Matri, Juventus)
11 M’baye Niang, A.C. Milan (Ioannis Fetfatzidis, Chievo)
19 Leonardo Pavoletti, Sassuolo (Mauricio Pinilla, Atalanta Bergamo)
20 Alberto Facundo Costa, Spartak Moscow (Leandro Greco, Hellas Verona)
18 Zakarya Bergdich, Valladolid (Luca Antonelli, A.C. Milan)
93 Diego Laxalt, Empoli (Stefano Sturaro, Juventus)
41 Lorenzo Ariaudo, Sassuolo (Aleandro Rosi, Fiorentina)
2 Alassane Tambè, Kortrijk (Franco Mussis, Copenhagen)
Of course it is a pity that our captain Luca Antonelli leaves our club after 5 years to the team of his youth: A.C. Milan and it would be better if Alessandro Matri and Stefano Sturaro stayed with us till the end of the season. On the other hand we have fantastic new players like Marco Borriello, M’baye Niang and “Tino” Costa. Only the results in the field can tell us if we are improved or not this tranferperiod.