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Luigi Ferraris (ATT 17,236) 26th August 2012 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: N Rizzoli

Genoa Genoa vs Cagliari Cagliari

Genoa 2

A Merkel (51)
C Immobile (85)

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Genoa make strong start

Last Updated: 26/08/12 10:56pm

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Ciro Immobile: Sealed the win late on

Ciro Immobile: Sealed the win late on

Second-half goals from Alexander Merkel and Ciro Immobile were enough to earn Genoa a routine season-opening 2-0 win over Cagliari on Sunday.

Luigi De Canio's men were always dangerous throughout a controlled performance and had Cristobal Jorquera put away a 17th-minute penalty, they could have gone on to run up a bigger score.

As it was, though, they settled for just the two, with Merkel getting things going six minutes after the break and Immobile finishing things off with five minutes left after a pedestrian second half.

The Rossoblu knew that their chances would be few and far between at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris and, when they failed to a take a fifth-minute one through Joaquim Larrivey, they should have seen what was coming their way.

Davide Astori dragged back Branko Jankovic in the box to bring about the penalty but Jorquera hit it wide, before Cagliari let another opportunity pass them by when Mauricio Pinilla's header was saved by Sebastian Frey.

Genoa returned to the ascendancy after that and Jurai Kucka's free-kick whistled just wide while Felipe Seymour went equally close with a 25-yarder.

The inevitable was getting closer for Massimo Ficcadenti's men and the opener came in the 51st minute when Merkel prodded into an open goal following a scramble.

In total control, Genoa toyed with their visitors from there on in, enjoying long spells of possession before Immobile decided to finish the job from 25 yards, leaving Michael Agazzi with no chance.

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Italy Serie A

Italy Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 34 90
2 Roma 34 82
3 Napoli 34 68
4 Fiorentina 34 58
5 Inter Milan 34 56
6 Parma 34 51
7 AC Milan 34 51
8 Torino 34 49
9 Verona 34 49
10 Lazio 34 49
11 Atalanta 34 46
12 Sampdoria 34 41
13 Udinese 34 39
14 Genoa 34 39
15 Cagliari 34 36
16 Chievo 34 30
17 Sassuolo 34 28
18 Bologna 34 28
19 Livorno 34 25
20 Catania 34 23