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Italian Serie A

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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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 36 83
2 Roma 36 67
3 Lazio 36 66
4 Napoli 36 63
5 Fiorentina 36 58
6 Genoa 36 56
7 Sampdoria 36 54
8 Inter Milan 36 52
9 Torino 36 51
10 Palermo 36 46
11 AC Milan 36 46
12 Verona 36 44
13 Sassuolo 36 43
14 Chievo 36 42
15 Udinese 36 41
16 Empoli 36 41
17 Atalanta 36 36
18 Cagliari 36 28
19 Cesena 36 24
20 Parma 36 17