Colombo makes Monza happy, Cagliari still three golden points


By John

41′ pt and 28′ st Colombo, 39′ st Caldirola, 41′ st Folorunsho.
VERONA (3-4-1-2): Montipò 6; Dawidowicz 5.5 (30’pt Hien 6), Magnani 5.5, Terracciano 6; Faraoni 5.5 (30’st Tchatchoua 6), Folorunsho 6.5, Duda 6.5, Doig 5.5 (1’st Hongla 6.5); Lazovic 6 (20’st Ngonge 6); Bonazzoli 5 (30’st Saponara 6), Djuric 5.5. On the bench: Berardi, Perilli, Amione, Cruz, Serdar, Suslov, Lima, Coppola, Mboula. Coach: Baroni 5.5.
MONZA (3-4-1-2): By Gregory 6; D’Ambrosio 5.5, Pablo Mari 6, Caldirola 7; Ciurria 6 (15’st Birindelli 6), Pessina 6, Gagliardini 6 (41’st Akpa Akpro sv), Kyriakopoulos 6; Vignato 5.5 (21’st V. Carboni 6); Colpani 6.5 (21’st Bondo 6), Colombo 8 (41’st Mota sv). On the bench: Lamanna, Sorrentino, Gori, Donati, Machin, F.Carboni, Pedro Pereira, Bettella, Maric, A. Carboni. Coach: Palladino 6.5
REFEREE: Collu of Cagliari 6.
NOTE: clear afternoon, pitch in excellent condition. Ammonites: Pharaohs, D’Ambrosio, Columbus. Corners: 6-2 for Monza. Recovery time: 3′; 4′.

Late night in the Verona house. Monza takes a walk at Bentegodi and sends the Venetians to the brink. Seven defeats in eleven matches played, the away match against Genoa could be the end of the line for Marco Baroni’s adventure. Monza won well – the final result was 3-1 – demonstrating that they have the right weapons to enter the key battle in Europe. Palladino’s lineup is the one announced the day before, Verona gets Hien back but only goes to the bench, the Bonazzoli-Djuric offensive tandem is confirmed. Verona starts off strong and after a few seconds of play goes to the conclusion with Bonazzoli from the edge, but Di Gregorio responds present. But it is not the sign of a Verona entirely devoted to attack. Indeed, the first 20′ are all about Brianza. Colombo – often puts the home defense in difficulty by scoring a couple of times: it’s just the premise of a particular Sunday for the young Under 21 center forward. Where Montipò doesn’t reach, the post takes care of it, hit from the right inside the goal Pablo Marì area. A header from Gagliardini, with Verona momentarily numerically inferior due to Dawidowicz’s injury, comes close to the post to Montipò’s left. Verona lights up, however, suddenly. Great right from Duda just inside the area and Di Gregorio saved by the crossbar. Once the danger has escaped, it’s another Monza. Colpani does everything alone, Montipò also jumps but hits the outside of the net. But it was the precursor to the opening goal. Nice action all vertically with Colpani serving Colombo whose diagonal mocks Montipò. Baroni redesigns Verona, inserts Hongla as a low playmaker, raises Duda and moves Lazovic to the outside. As at the start of the first half, a sensational opportunity at the feet of Bonazzoli who inside the small area shoots over the crossbar. But he is definitely another Verona. The yellow-blues press high and force Monza to close in on their midfield. The Hellas blaze is once again sterile, a lot of good will, very little concreteness. Palladino readjusts his team, creates more density in the central part and the insertion of Birindelli blocks the left lane of the yellow-blue offensive axis. And on the restart, in the crucial moment of the match, Monza deals the final blow. The doubling is a feat of skill by Colombo who nails Montipò with a sharp conclusion from the edge of the left foot. Verona gives in, Caldirola makes it 3-0 in the 41st minute. A flash from Tchatchoua after a good initiative from Folorunsho only makes an afternoon to forget for the Venetians less bitter.

NETWORKS: 3′ st Viola, 6′ st Gudmundsson, 24′ st Zappa.
CAGLIARI (4-3-1-2): Scuffet 6; Goldaniga 5, Hatzidiakos 5.5 (1’st Zappa 7), Dossena 6, Augello 6.5 (51’st Obert sv); Jankto 6.5 (33’st Azzi sv), Prati 6, Makoumbou 6; Mancosu 6.5 (1’st Viola 7.5); Oristanio 6 (19’st Petagna 7), Luvumbo 6.5. On the bench: Wieteska, Deiola, Sulemana, Shomurodov, Pereiro, Pavoletti, Lapadula, Desogus, Aresti, Radunovic. Coach: Ranieri 6.5.
GENOA (3-5-2): Martinez 6; De Winter 6, Dragusin 5.5, Vasquez 6.5; Sabelli 5.5, Frendrup 5.5, Badelj 5.5 (14’st Puscas 6), Strootman 5.5 (14’st Thorsby 6), Martin 6 (21’st Haps 6); Malinovskyi 5.5 (39’st Ekuban sv), Gudmundsson 7. On the bench: Vogliacco, Matturro, Hefti, Galdames, Kutlu, Fini, Puscas, Leali, Sommariva. Coach: Gilardino 5.5.
REFEREE: Guide to Torre Annunziata 6.
NOTE: clear afternoon, ground in excellent condition. Booked: Malinovskyi, Gudmundsson, Goldaniga, Petagna, Viola, Scuffet. Corners: 1-1. Recovery: 1′; 6’+2′.
CAGLIARI – Cagliari achieved their second consecutive victory by beating Genoa at the Unipol Domus 2-1 thanks to goals from Viola in the 48th and Zappa in the 69th. The provisional draw for the Ligurians with Gudmundsson in the 51st minute was useless.