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Osimhen fires blank as Napoli salvage 2-2 draw at newly promoted Genoa



Serie A - Genoa v Napoli - Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris, Genoa, Italy - September 16, 2023 Napoli's Victor Osimhen in action with Genoa's Radu Dragusin REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini Acquire Licensing Rights

Second-half goals by Giacomo Raspadori and Matteo Politano helped champions Napoli come from behind to rescue a 2-2 draw at promoted Genoa in Serie A on Saturday.

Napoli provisionally moved up to fifth in the standings with seven points from four games.

Genoa, who returned to Serie A after being relegated in 2021-22, defended well against visiting champions and defender Mattia Bani earned the lead in the 40th minute, sending the ball into the roof of the net following a corner.

Italy forward Mateo Retegui added the second for the hosts after the break with a first-time shot into the bottom left corner.

Napoli were helpless in front of goal and Khvicha Kvaratskhelia sent their first shot on target in the 72nd minute but his low effort towards the left corner was easily denied by Genoa keeper Josep Martinez.


But Raspadori gave Napoli hope of a comeback shortly after when he narrowed the deficit with a shot into the top corner.

Encouraged by the goal, Napoli pushed for an equaliser and substitute Politano levelled with a close-range volley six minutes from time, denying Genoa a second win of the season.

“Mine was an important goal but it wasn’t enough, we had to win and there is regret because we created many opportunities without managing to materialize them,” Politano told Sky Sport.

“We can’t afford any more mistakes. From tomorrow morning we’ll think about the Champions League.”

Napoli, who on Wednesday kick off their Champions League campaign at Braga, next travel to Bologna on Sept. 24 in the league.


Genoa, who are 12th on four points, will travel to Lecce on Friday.






Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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