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In-form Genoa see off Slavia

Published: Thursday 17 September 2009, 22.45CET
Genoa CFC 2-0 SK Slavia Praha
Alberto Zapater scored the first goal of the UEFA Europa League group stage to set the on-song Rossoblù on course for victory.
In-form Genoa see off Slavia
Alberto Zapater struck the first goal of the group stage ©Getty Images

Match statistics

GenoaSlavia Praha

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target14
 
9
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners7
 
7
Offsides5
 
4
Fouls committed10
 
15
Yellow cards0
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 17 September 2009, 22.45CET

In-form Genoa see off Slavia

Genoa CFC 2-0 SK Slavia Praha
Alberto Zapater scored the first goal of the UEFA Europa League group stage to set the on-song Rossoblù on course for victory.

Alberto Zapater scored the first goal of the UEFA Europa League group stage to set Genoa CFC on course for a 2-0 victory against SK Slavia Praha.

Perfect record
The Rossoblù have won all three of their Serie A outings this season and that perfect record rarely looked under threat at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris once Spanish midfielder Zapater had found the net with a delightful free-kick inside four minutes. Giuseppe Sculli doubled the lead with another neat finish on 39, condemning the Czech visitors to a sixth successive defeat on Italian soil.

Slavia chance
Zapater gave an indication of his dead-ball ability with the winning goal in the 3-2 defeat of AS Roma on the opening day of the season, and did not need long to have the home fans on their feet again tonight as he beat Slavia goalkeeper Martin Vaniak with a whipped free-kick from out wide. The visitors could have levelled within four minutes, but once Zdeněk Šenkeřík had dragged a left-footed shot just over the bar following a defensive mistake Genoa upped their game.

Sculli timing
Hernán Crespo was centimetres away from nodding Genoa in front from their next attack, while Vaniak was able to palm away decent efforts from Sculli and Zapater either side of the half-hour. Sculli was to have the better of their next exchange, however, timing his run between two defenders perfectly to volley in a right-wing cross from the impressive Nenad Tomović.

Hit the bar
Chances were typically of the half variety in the second period, Zapater going closest to extending the lead when the ball deflected off his outstretched leg on to the top of the bar after 70 minutes. Brave defending from Domenico Criscito and Marco Amelia's late fingertip stop ensured Genoa equalled their record two-goal victory in Europe, further boosting confidence ahead of their trip to Valencia CF in a fortnight's time.

Last updated: 18/09/09 1.26CET

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Lineups

genoa

Genoa

slavia praha

Slavia Praha

32
AmeliaMarco Amelia (GK)
28
VaniakMartin Vaniak (GK)
4
CriscitoDomenico Criscito
5
ČelůstkaOndřej Čelůstka
5
KharjaHoussine Kharja
Substitution81
6
Ragued Hocine Ragued
7
RossiMarco Rossi (C)
8
JandaPetr Janda
8
PalacioRodrigo Palacio
9
HloušekAdam Hloušek
9
CrespoHernán Crespo
Substitution81
12
VasiljevićDušan Vasiljević
Substitution79
14
SculliGiuseppe Sculli
Goal39
14
ŠenkeříkZdeněk Šenkeřík
Substitution46
21
ZapaterAlberto Zapater
Goal4
Substitution85
17
SuchýMarek Suchý (C)
24
MorettiEmiliano Moretti
19
KrajčíkMatěj Krajčík
26
BocchettiSalvatore Bocchetti
21
BelaidTijani Belaid
Substitution71
40
TomovićNenad Tomović
22
VomáčkaBenjamin Vomáčka

Substitutes

73
ScarpiAlessio Scarpi (GK)
31
RomanovsDeniss Romanovs (GK)
11
El ShaarawyStephan El Shaarawy
2
TrappPetr Trapp
15
PapastathopoulosSokratis Papastathopoulos
18
NaumovRiste Naumov
Substitution46
16
EspositoAndrea Esposito
23
VolešákLadislav Volešák
Substitution71
20
MestoGiandomenico Mesto
Substitution85
24
TrubiloVitali Trubilo
30
FigueroaLuciano Figueroa
Substitution81
27
GrajciarPeter Grajciar
Substitution79
77
MilanettoOmar Milanetto
Substitution81

Coach

Gian Piero Gasperini (ITA) Karel Jarolím (CZE)

Referee

Manuel De Sousa (POR)

Assistant referees

João Santos (POR), Serafim Baia Nogueira (POR)

Fourth official

Rui Manuel Gomes Costa (POR)

Additional assistant referees

Paulo Manuel Gomes Costa (POR), Vasco Santos (POR)

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