Genoa look set to miss out on a place in the Europa League after Sassuolobuilt up a 3-1 lead before the interval at the CittadelTricolore.Simone Zaza struck twice as Sassuolo beat 10-man Genoa on Sunday to finish their Serie A campaign on a high. The good news for Sassuolo did not stop to their winning over Genoa. The home fans were celebrating safety and news Coach Eusebio Di Francesco had extended his contract to June 2017.
Di Fransesco finished his career as a player then served as sports director for Serie C2 club Val di Sangro in 2007. In 2008 he was appointed as head coach of Lega Pro Prima Divisione club VirtusLanciano, being later sacked on January 2009 due to poor results. On 19 June 2012, Di Francesco was appointed the manager ofSassuolo. He was sacked in 28 January 2014 after a poor run of results, only to be re-appointed to the post on March 3, 2014. Upon his return, the team started to have several winnings and it leads to extension deal until 2017.
DomenicoBerardiwas the one who opened the hosts’ account in the third minute. Zaza extended Sassuolo’s lead soon after and added his second in the 32nd minute, before Genoa’s Leonardo Pavoletti reduced the gap four minutes before half-time. Moments later, Genoa almost got back on level terms as MaximeLestienne’sstrike was kept out by Alberto Pomini.Just after the half-hour mark, Zaza seemingly put three points beyond the reach of the Genoans when he fired Federico Peluso’scross into the roof of the net.
Sassuolo had a penalty which Lamanna parried from Zaza, but Magnanelli’s follow-up into the net was disallowed.Genoa then went down to 10 men, as Armando Izzo hauled down Nicola Sansone when he was clear on goal.
Sassuolo finished 12th in the standings, while Genoa ended an impressive campaign in sixth place.The Grifone are in sixth place in the Serie A table, which would get them into the Europa League, but the Italian authorities rejected their application for a UEFA license.
There were a couple of issues with the paperwork, primarily the failure to register a home stadium that was up to the UEFA code.Genoa have already lost two appeals and the third will be held on June 3. If Genoa fail again, then their Europa League spot will go to the next team down in the table, which right now is Sampdoria.