Coppa Italia: Entella shock Genoa
Ivan Juric’s job is hanging by a thread, after Genoa were knocked out of the Coppa Italia by third division Virtus Entella.
The the Serie C side advance to face Roma in the Last 16, but the Grifone Coach’s already unstable position may well be untenable now.
Simone Icardi gave the visitors a shock lead after 20 minutes, and it was a fine finish by the midfielder.
The 22-year-old latched on to a cutback from the right flank, and hit a first time shot with his right foot which was whipped high over Federico Marchetti into the far corner.
Krzysztof Piatek had scored four times in his first Cuppa Italia appearance, and the Pole was soon given the chance to add to that tally.
The striker went to ground under what looked like minimal contact from Francesco Ardizzone, before finding the corner from 12 yards.
Icardi though he’d won it with a sliding finish in the 83rd minute, but three minutes later Davide Biraschi was bundled over in the box.
Piatek stepped up again, with the same run-up, and fired the ball into the same corner as his first penalty.
That took the game to extra-time, and it looked to have been decided with another spot kick, and this time there was no doubt about the award.
With 10 minutes of extra-time remaining, Goran Pandev was brought down by a clumsy challenge in the box from young defender Riccardo Baroni.
Gianluca Lapadula stepped up to take the penalty, and the former Milan striker made no mistake, smashing the ball high into the net with his left foot.
Entella weren’t done there though, and they snatched a dramatic equaliser in the 122nd minute thanks to Krisztián Adorján.
The Serie A side missed their first effort, Daniel Bessa blazing over after Dany Mota had scored for Entella.
However, Baroni also missed for the Serie C side and it went to sudden death.
Piatek scored again, as did everyone else until Lapadula failed to repeat what he’d done in extra-time, the Milan striker missing the crucial kick to condemn his side to a humiliating defeat.
Genoa 3-3 Virtus Entella (Virtus Entella win 6-7 on penalties)
Icardi 20 83 (VE) Piatek pen 27 pen 86 (G) Lapadula pen 110 (G) Adorjan 120+2 (VE)
Genoa: Marchetti; Biraschi, Lopez, Zukanovic; Romulo, Dolon (Sandro, 106), Omeonga (Veloso, 82), Pereira (Bessa, 58); Medeiros (Pandev, 58); Lapadula, Piatek
Virtus Entella: Paroni; Belli, Zigrossi (Baroni, 75), Crialese, Adrizzone (Paolucci, 94); Petrovic (Mota, 64), Di Paola, Cleur; Martinho (Nizzetto, 63), Icardi, Adrorjan
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