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Derby della Lanterna G1 2014

Our 1st ever Football Aid Italia Derby della Lanterna took place at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris on Sat 24th May at 15:30pm and it proved to be a fantastic occasion for all the players involved, especially journalists Diego Ponze' and Valerio Spinella whose build up to the game featured on Sky Sports Italia! The format of the game was Genoa (Home) vs Sampdoria (Away) and the match itself was an absolute classic, with the Genoa side completing an incredible comeback in the last minute of the game to draw 5-5 after they'd been 2 goals behind with only 10 mins remaining! Both sides featured 2 fantastic legends in Gennaro Ruotolo (Genoa) and Enrico Chiesa (Sampdoria) and it was fitting that Ruotolo was to score the goal that earned his Rossoblu side the battling draw they deserved. 

Date: Saturday 24th May 2014
Venue: Stadio Luigi Ferarris
Genoa (Home) vs Sampdoria (Away)
Kick off: 15:30 pm
DDL Game 1
Legends: Gennaro Ruotolo (Genoa) and Enrico Chiesa (Sampdoria)
Managers: Luca Cavallo, Mario Ponti (Genoa) and Fabrizio Casazza (Sampdoria)

Both sets of players marched onto the field in warm and dry conditions which were perfect for a good game of football. After they'd passionately sung their respective club anthems and shaken hands with the opposition the Sampdoria side kicked off  the 1st ever Football Aid Italia Derby della Lanterna.

And it didn't take them long to get into their stride, with the blucerchiati opening the scoring after just 2 mins! Their impressive No 9 Michael Dalton using his strength to race clear of the Genoa defence and finish well (0-1).

However the Genoa side came right back at them and the Rossoblu equalised on 6 mins, their No 9 Filippo Arnulfo evening things up with a great finish into the far corner of the goal (1-1).

Back came Sampdoria though and on 20 mins bid Michael Dalton was on the scoresheet again, following up an effort to score from close range (1-2).

However the game was all square again on 27 mins, the Genoa No 10 Marco Magagnoli with a great follow up strike to even the score (2-2).

However with only mins to go until half time the Sampdoria team edged ahead again and it was that man Michael Dalton again, following up to fire his team in front and bag his hat trick with 42 mins played (2-3).

The referee's whistle blew soon afterwards with the Sampdoria team going into the break with a slender lead. It had been a thrilling half of football and the fans watching could only hope that the 2nd half would live up to excellent standard of the 1st 45mins.

Half Time: Genoa (Home) 2 - 3 Sampdoria (Away)

After the Genoa team received passionate words of encouragement from Managers Luca Cavallo and Mario Ponti and the Sampdoria 'Mister' Fabrizio Casazza did the same for his team, the players took on board some much needed refreshments and were raring to go again.

The start of the 2nd half was extremely tight but it was the Genoa team who hit back after 60 mins, evening the scores when No 9 Filippo Arnulfo followed up a strike off the bar to head home (3-3).

Sampdoria's No 11 Massimo Molinari fired the Blucerchiati back in front 5 mins later (3-4) and when a fantastic left foot strike from Legend Enrico Chiesa put the Blucerchiati 2 goals clear on 70 mins the team in Blue and White looked to be in control (3-5).

However the Genoa side weren't finished yet and when their No 7 Danielle Dussoni got them to within a goal with a great right foot strike on 80 mins they were given a lifeline (4-5).

As both teams tiring in the hot conditions and the clock ticking down towards 90mins the game looked to be heading for a narrow win for the Sampdoria Away team, however the Home team weren't finished yet and they showed great determination to push back upfield and when the chance came it was their Legend Gennaro Ruotolo who popped up at the back post to power home a header and earn a draw for his team right on full time (5-5)!

Moments later the referee blew for full time, drawing to a close the debut Derby della Lanterna. With both teams giving it their all, it was fitting that the match should end in a draw and the sportsmanship and camaraderie that the keen rivals demonstrated when they left the field was a huge credit to both teams involved.

Full Time: Genoa (Home) 5 - 5 Sampdoria (Away)

Home Team: Emanuele Bozano, Dario Castagnola, Christian Pineider, Massimo Arboco', Simone Carlesi, Daniele Dussoni, Emanuele D'Alba, Filippo Arnulfo, Marco Magagnoli, gian marco mannocci, Marco Zini, christian cogorno, Massimo Tumiati, Diego Ponze'
Home Manager: Luca Cavallo and Mario Ponti
Home Mascot: Fabrizio Dussoni

Away Team: Massimo Piatti, Sergio Bellettini, Salvatore Lepore, Tony Piccolo, Matteo Guglieri, Alessandro Caltauturo, Andrea Miceli, Michael Dalton, Luca Graffione, Massimo Molinari, Massimo Fassone, Massimiliano Lupo, Enrico Angrisani, Valerio Spinella
Away Manager: Fabrizio Casazza
Away Mascot: Filippo Graffione