Saturday August 28, 2010 Day 1 Finished Stadio Friuli

Udinese 0 - 1 Genoa

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  1. Genoa scrape win at Udinese

    Genoa scrape win at Udinese

    A late goal from substitute Giandomenico Mesto gave Genoa a barely-deserved 1-0 win in the Serie A opener at Udinese. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Udinese
    • Genoa
    • 90+4 Final whistle, Genoa scrape a win.
    • 90+3 Asamoah goes down in the box but nothing given! Looked like he fell under a gust of air.
    • 90+1 Three minutes added on...
    • 90' A long pass down the right sends Floro-Flores in, he gets past the Udinese defence but Ranocchia slides in just in time to put him off as he skies the finish.
    • 89' He aims the ball for Sanchez but he overplays it on the right and Genoa clear.
    • 88' Free-kick to Udinese around 35 yards out, Inler will take...
    • 86' Udinese almost cut Genoa apart but Floro-Flores fails to hold his run and is offside.
    • 85' Udinese piling it forward now but continuing to lack the cutting edge they've failed to show all game.
    • 83' Palladino seems to be struggling with a hamstring injury.
    • 81' Well then, Genoa have done close to nothing all game and they seem to have snuck a winner - from the sub.
    • 80' Free-kick on the right then, sent far post by Milanetto for Dainelli to head across goal AND MESTO FLIES IN WITH AN OVERHEAD KICK AND IT'S IN! Barely deserved but a superb goal.
    • 79' Pasquale leaves Mesto in a heap by the by-line and thanks in some part to the dramatic rolls, he is booked.
    • 78' UDINESE SUB: Corradi on for Di Natale.
    • 77' Mesto gets hold of the ball on the edge of the box, drilling in a low shot that goes well wide. Should have done better.
    • 76' It breathes! Udinese get seasick as they enter the Udinese half, but Criscito's cross is blocked and Udinese clear.
    • 75' Free-kick to Udinese on the left, Asamoah inexplicably takes it short to Inler after everyone goes up for the cross, and Inler's return is even less forgivable: short and straight to a Genoa player.
    • 74' Di Natala wins a corner on the left. It is wasted.
    • 73' To call this match tedious would constitute flattery. I've been saying that Udinese have shown more ambition - but that is relative. They've been tepid too.
    • 71' GENOA SUB: Palacio off for Mesto.
    • 70' Udinese are pressing and pressing, knocking and knocking, but Genoa are defending in numbers and won't let them in. Their 'counter' attack tells you everything - eventually Sculli jogs up to support Palacio, but no-one else does and Udinese clear easily.
    • 68' Udinese back in control of the ball now as Floro Flores gets down the left and puts a sweet low ball in for Asamoah but just beyond the Ghanaian. Goal kick.
    • 67' Genoa have barely been able to get the ball in Udinese's half, but that free-kick situation has given them some hope as they start to play a bit.
    • 65' Great counter-attacking move by Udinese but Di Natale cannot keep the ball in on the left wing after a heavy touch off Sanchez's pass. Shame, the goal was open for a cut back.
    • 64' Milanetto will take this, on the right edge of the box, level with the penalty spot... no, terrible ball, beyond and behind everyone.
    • 63' Domizzi gets a yellow card for handball on Rafinha's cross a yard outside the box.
    • 62' Palladino flies in to meet Rafinha's cross but he heads it in the air.
    • 61' This is more like it from Udinese now as they apply some very good pressure. The flag goes up on Domizzi though.
    • 60' Taken short, Di Natale crosses and headed by Domizzi but straight at Eduardo!
    • 59' Dainelli with a vital interception to stop Sanchez finding Di Natale. Corner.
    • 58' GENOA SUB: Veloso is replaced by Zuculini.
    • 57' UDINESE SUB: Cuadrado is off to applause from the home fans for Pinzi.
    • 56' Asamoah and Sanchez combine in midfield but it gets congested. Di Natale races towards the box, going down, but there was no contact, he just stumbled.
    • 55' Sanchez on a bounding run but his shot is blocked and Genoa clear.
    • 54' Rafinha tries a one-two with Palacio and goes down but nothing doing.
    • 53' Sculli slips it wide to Rafinha but Zapata intercepts the cross.
    • 51' Floro Flores is offside. Genoa need to do more going forward given the options they have.
    • 50' Good play by Sculli but his shot from range is well wide.
    • 49' A fairly tepid start to the second half too. A typically Italian game so far, very cautious.
    • 47' Criscito with some neat skill on the left but the cross is easy for Handanovic.
    • 46' Second half underway, no additional changes.
    • 45+3 Half-time, goalless.
    • 45+2 Sanchez and Cuadrado interchange on the right, Sanchez gets it back AND FLORO FLORES MEETS THE CROSS but wide!
    • 45+1 Domizzi chases the ball out for a goal kick and gets an utterly unnecessary shove in the back from Palladino for his sins.
    • 44' Two minutes added time to be played.
    • 43' Domizzi puts in a decent cross but Eduardo is equal to it.
    • 42' The edge has gone from this match since Toni's exit as Genoa sit a touch deeper, forcing a slower approach from Udinese.
    • 41' So far possession has been pretty much 50-50, with Udinese having three shots on target to Genoa's one and 3-2 on the off-target shots.
    • 40' Seems like a thigh strain for Toni, some sort of muscular injury.
    • 39' That's it for Toni - Palladino on in his place. His Genoa debut ends in tears.
    • 37' Toni is down hurt now after a rough tackle. Palladino warms up.
    • 36' Domizzi with a poor tackle on Palacio deep in the Genoa half, the location possibly the only reason he wasn't booked.
    • 35' Veloso is bossing the midfield for Genoa although his team-mates are not at the same level.
    • 33' Cuadrado latches on to a mistake in the Genoa defence, Di Natale is in the box but what a slide tackle from Rannocchia.
    • 31' Dainelli with a rough challenge on Inler, who goes down like a tonne of bricks as everyone kicks off in typically dramatic fashion. It was a strong tackle but he got the ball and did not go to ground, Inler is clearly faking it and Udinese are acting like fools. The ref calms it down.
    • 30' Second bite at the cherry for Genoa with the free-kick, Veloso stands over it but Udinese manage to clear.
    • 29' Free-kick to Genoa on the right but taken too quickly as it's put in for Toni.
    • 28' Asamoah on the ball trying to find Danielli but Genoa clear. Sculli now gets away after a lovely ball from Veloso but it runs away from him for a goal kick,
    • 27' Toni again finds Sculli free on the left but he can't keep the cross-shot in play.
    • 26' Veloso with a high boot on Pasquale, yellow card.
    • 25' Great play by Palacio, he finds Toni who slides it wide but the move loses momentum as Sculli's cross is poor and cleared.
    • 23' Great save Handanovic! The free-kick flew in and was cleared but Sculli got hold of it and fired a shot in at the near post that the keeper just about managed to get a hand on after initially going the wrong way!
    • 22' Free-kick Genoa on the right...
    • 20' Sculli takes out Sanchez and is lucky not to be.. oh he is. Yellow card.
    • 19' Super skill by Rafinha on the right but his cross is beyond Veloso.
    • 17' This is developing into an intruguing battle: Udinese had a poor season last time out but the team is packed full of talented players, so they are doing a lot of the asking right now. Genoa are really dangerous on the break though.
    • 15' Genoa make a right hash of clearing their lines but luckily Di Natale is offside on the right. Udinese come forward again and INLER but his low drive from the edge of the box is straight at Eduardo.
    • 14' Genoa ride that spell of pressure, clearing and watching the ball go all the way back to Handanovic.
    • 13' A break is on for Udinese as Floro-Flores races down middle and slips it right to DI NATALE but his rising drive is palmed behind by Eduardo!
    • 12' Another free-kick to Genoa, from wide this time, but Handanovic punches clear.
    • 11' The original delivery is half-cleared and Toni can turn on to it but, in the box, he is crowded out and Udinese clear.
    • 10' Genoa get down the Udinese end for the first time in a few minutes and win a free-kick 30 yards out.
    • 9' Sanchez gets a sighter from the edge f the box but his shot is blocked wide for a corner.
    • 7' Udinese on the counter, Di Natale finds Cuadrado but the finish is well wide.
    • 6' Nasty tackle on Sanchez by Criscito, surely a yellow?
    • 4' Genoa are lined up in an adventurous 3-4-3 with a fearsome attack of Toni, Palacio and Sculli.
    • 3' Good start for Genoa in terms of possession as they knock it about nicely.
    • 1' The first half is underway in Stadio Friuli.
    • - After disappointing seasons last time out, both clubs will be hoping for much better this season.
    • - The new Serie A season gets under way as Genoa travel to the Stadio Friuli to face Udinese.
  • Summary

    • 90' A long pass down the right sends Floro-Flores in, he gets past the Udinese defence but Ranocchia slides in just in time to put him off as he skies the finish.
    • 80' Free-kick on the right then, sent far post by Milanetto for Dainelli to head across goal AND MESTO FLIES IN WITH AN OVERHEAD KICK AND IT'S IN! Barely deserved but a superb goal.
    • 45+2 Sanchez and Cuadrado interchange on the right, Sanchez gets it back AND FLORO FLORES MEETS THE CROSS but wide!
    • 33' Cuadrado latches on to a mistake in the Genoa defence, Di Natale is in the box but what a slide tackle from Rannocchia.
    • 23' Great save Handanovic! The free-kick flew in and was cleared but Sculli got hold of it and fired a shot in at the near post that the keeper just about managed to get a hand on after initially going the wrong way!
    • 13' A break is on for Udinese as Floro-Flores races down middle and slips it right to DI NATALE but his rising drive is palmed behind by Eduardo!

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Udinese

    Manager: Francesco Guidolin

  • Genoa

    Manager: Gian Piero Gasperini

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • S. Handanovic
      • C. Zapata
      • A. Coda Substitution Out (86′)
      • M. Domizzi Yellow Card
      • J. Cuadrado Substitution Out (58′)
      • K. Asamoah
      • G. Inler
      • G. Pasquale Yellow Card
      • A. Sánchez
      • A. Floro Flores
      • A. Di Natale Substitution Out (79′)

      Subs

      • B. Corradi Substitution In79′
      • G. Pinzi Substitution In58′
      • M. Benatia
      • A. Abdi Substitution In86′
      • A. Candreva
      • J. Koprivec
      • E. Agyemang Badu
    • Starting line-up

      • Eduardo
      • A. Ranocchia
      • D. Dainelli Yellow Card
      • M. Rossi
      • M. Veloso Yellow Card Substitution Out (58′)
      • O. Milanetto
      • Rafinha
      • D. Criscito
      • G. Sculli Yellow Card
      • R. Palacio Substitution Out (72′)
      • L. Toni Substitution Out (39′)

      Subs

      • E. Moretti
      • A. Scarpi
      • G. Mesto Substitution In72′ Goal
      • R. Palladino Substitution In39′
      • N. Tomovic
      • F. Zuculini Substitution In58′
      • M. Destro
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