Piotr Zielinski’s scorcher from distance was Napoli’s only shot on target in the first half against Genoa, although they did have a goal disallowed.
There was extreme tension and a very small crowd – circa 20,000 – at the San Paolo after a chaotic few days. The squad rebelled against club orders and refused to go back into a training retreat on Tuesday night, prompting Napoli to threaten legal action as punishment. Fans turned on the team, blaming them for walking out. Allan, Kostas Manolas, Faouzi Ghoulam and Kevin Malcuit were injured, with Mario Rui not fully fit. Arkadiusz Milik had been expected to start, but he pulled out of the squad with an injury just hours before kick-off.
Genoa were having mixed results under new coach Thiago Motta, but made the trip without Domenico Criscito, Christian Kouame, Andrea Favilli, Stefano Sturaro and Riccardo Saponara.
Insigne thought he’d scored after 90 seconds when Dries Mertens threaded through for Hirving Lozano, then the captain fired the rebound into the roof of the net, but the Mexican had already wandered offside.
Piotr Zielinski’s missile from distance stung Ionut Radu’s gloves, while Mertens pulled back from the by-line for Lozano, but Cristian Romero made a decisive interception.
Goran Pandev horribly mis-kicked after good work to set him up by Kevin Agudelo, while Jose Callejon couldn’t get a clean finish on Insigne’s slide-rule pass thanks to a risky Marko Pajac tackle.
Genoa constantly got down the right with Peter Ankersen, as Napoli simply weren’t defending that area, but didn’t make the most of the spaces.
Napoli 0-0 Genoa (Half-Time)
Napoli: Ospina; Di Lorenzo, Maksimovic, Koulibaly, Hysaj; Callejon, Fabian Ruiz, Zielinski, Insigne; Mertens, Lozano
Genoa: Radu; Pajac, Romero, C Zapata, Ankersen; Lerager, Schone, Cassata; Pandev, Pinamonti, Agudelo
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