Goal from Saponara-Bonaventura. And Criscito’s rigor after the one denied to Behrami. Fiorentina play better, Genoa creates little: Balla’s choices do not convince
Genoa – «We are very angry, Genoa can do much better». A few words from Davide Ballardini to summarize a rossoblù afternoon full of expectations, most of which frustrated by the victory of Fiorentina and by a performance of the Griffin quite disappointing. At least for what concerns the offensive phase and the management of the match. The absence of Caicedo forward deprives Genoa of an important alternative in the role of center forward, especially if we add that of Ekuban, out due to fatigue. Buksa goes to the stands, on the bench the other available center forward is Bianchi but the Grifone closes the game – which saw him go down 2-0 and only partially recover in the final with the penalty bagged by Criscito under the North – having Kallon as attackers and Pandev. Too little to think of embarrassing the Viola defense, too little to think of leaving the match unscathed with a Fiorentina transformed by the work of the Italian and among the top of the league with 9 points in 4 games.
The Griffin does too little and Ballardini puts his own, whom he chooses again a first time wait, saving Pandev and inserting Rovella behind Destro. The center forward is too lonely and builds his only goal ball when Badelj recovers and serves him in the area: he does not opt for the palombella and Dragowski is good at closing the space for him to kick on goal. Then Destro comes out, the goal is to save him for Bologna where Caicedo will most likely still be missing. But the change is with Pandev, who is all alone up front, little assisted first by Hernani and then by Kallon. «Leaving aside our absences, we could and should have been better offensive. We weren’t, while they were good at coming to get us right away and they made us wrong. We usually do not make so much mistakes in the hallways “, explains Ballardini, who then adds:” They are good, we are not very good, not dangerous. We have been ordered, we have conceded little but Genoa must cover the field and when they have the ball they have the duty to try to hurt their opponents ».
Combine a little in front but in the long run the great work done behind by the two central players, Vanheusden and especially Maksimovic, is also nullified: they stamp Vlahovic and don’t give him a meter, while Sirigu is phenomenal on Duncan and Biraghi.
At the beginning of the second half there is the change between Cambiaso and Biraschi, with the former having a moment of bewilderment but then runs off to beat his teammate’s high five. And Biraschi confirms the moment of poor form, as had already happened to him in Cagliari goes into trouble: Saponara starts from his side and focuses, scores a great goal but the rossoblù full-back (beyond Touré’s wrong climb) gives him a couple of meters of space to kick back badly, too much for a talented player, discontinuous but talented, like the former rossoblù. And it is Saponara himself with a stroke of genius who opens the way for Bonaventura’s doubling after a rejection by Sirigu.
The red and blue faults are evident, but in the middle there is also the direction of Marinelli, who goes to make the pair with that of Di Bello with Napoli three weeks ago: then the cancellation of Pandev’s goal for a foul by Buksa on Meret, this time the missed penalty due to Behrami being knocked down in the area. The Var control confirms the referee’s decision but, although in the confusion of the action that also involves Pandev, the contact between Pulgar and the Swiss is evident. Even more than that between Igor and Badelj, for a penalty that arrives in the final but knows a lot of sop and sounds a bit mocking. Criscito marks it and is useless, only to make the score less heavy. “We were a bit surprised at the start of Genoa with a different system, then we took over the match and managed to bring it home”, is the seal of the Italian.
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