Rome disaster, Genoa fantastic. Fiorentina doesn’t go beyond a draw in Frosinone. Monza and Bologna aren’t hurt


By John

Frosinone – Fiorentina 1-1
Markers: 19′ st, Gonzalez, 25′ st Soulè.
Frosinone (4-3-3): Turati 6.5; Oyono 5.5, Okoli 5.5, Romagnoli 6, Marchizza 5.5; Mazzitelli 6, Barrenechea 6 (46′ st Bourabia sv), Brescianini 5.5 (21′ Garritano 6.5); Baez 5.5 (21′ st Caso 6.5), Cheddira 5.5 (37′ st Cuni sv), Soulè 7 (45′ st Monterisi sv). On the bench: Frattali, Cerofolini, Lusuardi, Lulic, Bidaoui, Kvernadze, Ibrahimovic, Reinier. Coach: Di Francesco 6.5.
Fiorentina (4-2-3-1): Terracciano 6; Biraghi 6 (1′ st Kayode 5.5), Martinez Quarta 6.5, Milenkovic 6, Parisi 5.5; Arthur 6.5 (26′ st Mandragora 6), Duncan 6.5; Gonzalez 7, Bonaventura 6 (26′ st Barak 5.5), Sottil 5.5 (16′ st Ikone 5.5), Nzola 5 (36′ Beltran sv). On the bench: Christensen, Comuzzo, Amatucci, Martinelli, Vannucchi, Ranieri, Lopez, Infantino, Brekalo, Kouame. Coach: Italian 5.5.
Referee: Fourneau 5.5.
Note: clear evening, pitch in good condition. Booked: Milenkovic, Mazzitelli, Okoli, Parisi, Oyono. Angles: 8-9. Recovery time: 2′, 5′.

In the postponement of the sixth matchday of Serie A, Frosinone and Fiorentina won a point each, after a double-sided match: at the Benito Stirpe the match ended 1-1, with Soulè responding to Gonzalez’s goal. A draw that smacks of mockery for Fiorentina after the first half was overwhelmingly dominated, but ended up leading by only one goal. Frosinone did well to believe in it until the end and to remain compact, playing an excellent second half. The only new addition to the Frosinone team, compared to the trip to Salerno, is the Uruguayan Baez: on the other side, the Italian confirms Nzola from the first minute and surprises by deploying Parisi on the right lane. In the first half, opportunities abounded for Fiorentina, while Frosinone built very little in the attacking phase. Already in the 4th minute Nzola has the first great chance of the match: the former Spezia player has the upper hand in the melee with Okoli, but Turati blocks his shot from close range. Sottil was also wasteful as he spectacularly devoured the opening goal in the 16th minute, sensationally stumbling before the shot, a few meters from the Frosinone goal. The goal, however, is only a matter of minutes and Italiano’s men pass thanks to Nico Gonzalez. In the 19th minute, Duncan hits the penalty area, picking out Gonzalez who heads past Turati: there was no better way for the Argentine to celebrate his renewal with Fiorentina until 2028. The guests scored fourteen shots at the end of the first half fraction: Fiorentina plays well, but fails at the moment of finishing, especially Nzola, who is not very lucid and very imprecise. Of note is Biraghi’s exit at half-time due to a muscle problem, replaced by Kayode. In the second half Fiorentina dropped in pace and intensity, limiting themselves to controlling the match thanks to ball possession. Frosinone remained in the game and gained confidence, coming close to scoring in the 68th minute with Mazzitelli’s shot from outside. Two minutes later came the insult for the Viola: Soulè equalized with a header from Caso’s cross in the 70th minute, at the end of an action that was a photocopy of the Viola’s goal in the first half. Italiano tries to turn the switch on for his team by drawing from the bench, but, despite the changes, Fiorentina no longer creates any danger at Turati’s goal. Frosinone takes home a golden point and continues their splendid start to the championship.

Monza – Bologna 0-0
Monza (3-5-2): Di Gregorio 6; Izzo 5.5, Caldirola 5.5, Carboni 6 (22′ st Marì 6); Ciurria 6, Pessina 6, Gagliardini 5.5, Kyriakopoulos 6 (18′ st Birindelli 6); Colpani 6.5 (33′ st Machin sv); Mota 6.5 (18′ st Vignato 6), Colombo 5.5 (33′ st Maric sv). On the bench: Sorrentino, Gori, Donati, Akpa Akpro, Carboni, Miguel Lopes, Carboni, D’Ambrosio, Bondo, Cittadini. Coach: Palladino 6.
Bologna (4-2-3-1): Skorupski 6; De Silvestri 6 (15′ st Kristiansen 6), Beukema 6, Calafiori 6, Lykogiannis 5.5 (15′ st Corazza 6); Aebischer 6, El Azzouzi 6.5; Orsolini 5.5 (14′ st Ndoye 6), Ferguson 6, Karlsson 6 (14′ st Saelmaekers 6); Zirkzee 6 (30′ st Van Hooijdonk sv). On the bench: Bagnolini, Ravaglia, Moro, Freuler, Bonifazi, Fabbian, Urbanski. Coach: Thiago Motta 6.
Referee: Pezzuto from Lecce 5
Note: clear afternoon, pitch in excellent condition. Booked: Vignato, Birindelli, Ciurria, Gagliardini, Marì, Orsolini, Saelemaekers, Thiago Motta. Corners: 7-5. Recovery time: 3′ time, 5′ time.

Draw and no goal between Monza and Bologna, who did not go beyond 0-0 at the end of a match that was not very high intensity, in which the attacks of both teams struggled quite a bit to find the way to the goal. Initial phase of study by both teams, with the one led by Palladino launching the first signal of the match in the 15th minute, with an assist from outside by Colpani and the winning header by Mota, caught, however, for a matter of centimeters in an offside position. Balance and low rhythms leave room, in the half hour, first for the opportunity in favor of Monza, with Ciurria’s left-footed pass on which Skorupski dives, then, on the immediately following transition, for the goal ball for Bologna, created by the percussion of Zirkzee and his serve for Orsolini’s powerful but central shot. The structures of the two teams thus seem to be equivalent, at least in the first half of the game, where ball turnover and defensive solidity prevail over the caliber of the two offensive departments. Another attitude, however, at the start of the second half, with Bologna immediately finding the opening goal with Ferguson’s shot from under range, but also in this case the referee interrupts everything due to a previous foul by Zirkzee on Caldirola. The Dutch center forward himself will try to make up for it twice, showing up in Di Gregorio’s area, first with a shot at the near post and then with a right-footed shot from outside the area, without however the Monza goalkeeper having any difficulty in blocking the shot. I dive the ball. The red and whites responded with an action built by two new players, Birindelli and Vignato, with the former closing the exchange on the right flank with Colpani and putting the cross in for the latter, who deflected the ball so that it ended centimeters from Skorupski’s post. Two goals disallowed and a lot of balance in a match which, after five minutes of injury time, ended with a bit of nervousness – also with the expulsion of Saelemaekers for protests – and with the third consecutive draw for both Monza and Bologna.

Genoa-Roma 4-1
Markers: 5′ pt Gudmundsson, 22′ pt Cristante, 45′ pt Retegui, 29′ st Thorsby, 36′ st Messias.
Genoa (3-5-2): Martinez 6; Bani 7; Dragusin 7, Vasquez 7; Sabelli 6 (1′ st De Winter 6.5), Strootman 6 (30′ pt Kutlu 6.5), Badelj sv (11′ pt Thorsby 7.5), Frendrup 7, Matturro 6.5 (31′ st Messias 7); Gudmundsson 8, Retegui 7.5. Coach: Gilardino 7.5.
Rome (3-4-2-1): Rui Patricio 4; Mancini 4.5 (1′ st Belotti 5), Llorente 5.5 (24′ pt Bove 4.5), Ndicka 4.5; Kristensen 4.5, Cristante 6, Paredes 5 (33′ st El Shaarawy sv), Spinazzola 6 (33′ st Azmoun sv); Dybala 4, Pellegrini 4 (33′ st Aouar sv); Lukaku 5.5. Coach: Mourinho 4.
Referee: Orsato di Schio 6.
Note: Booked: Strootman, Sabelli, Mancini, Retegui, Bani, Paredes, Aouar. Angles: 1-6. Recovery time: 6′ pt, 5′ st.
Genoa. Genoa continues to amaze against the big teams and, after the victory against Lazio and the draw with Napoli, they also beat Roma in the postponed midweek round of the sixth matchday of Serie A. At Marassi it ends surprisingly 4-1 for the Grifone thanks to goals from Gudmunsson in the 5th minute, Retegui in the 45th minute, Thorsby in the 74th minute and Messias in the 81st minute, while Cristante’s momentary equalizer in the 22nd minute was of little use to the Romans. Gilardino’s team thus rises to 7 points in the standings, while Mourinho’s men, once again negative and with their third defeat in six matches, are forced to remain stuck on 5 points.