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Serie A: Napoli clutch draw denies Genoa historic away win in thrilling encounter

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Napoli escaped with a dramatic 90th-minute equalizer from Cyril Ngonge to salvage a point against Genoa at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona. The draw denied Genoa their first Serie A away win against Napoli since 2009, in what was a pulsating encounter.

Napoli, missing the prolific Victor Osimhen, looked to Khvicha Kvaratskhelia to pick up the scoring slack. The Georgian maestro nearly opened the scoring early with a trademark run and shot, but Genoa goalkeeper Josep Martínez stood firm. The visitors responded through Mateo Retegui, who forced Alex Meret into a smart save after connecting with a deep cross.

The game ebbed and flowed, with both sides creating chances. Hamed Traore and André-Frank Zambo Anguissa came close for Napoli, while the lively partnership of Aaron Martin and Retegui kept Genoa dangerous.

The second half started with a bang for Genoa. Just two minutes in, a sloppy Napoli clearance fell to Morten Frendrup, who unleashed a first-time shot that beat Meret to silence the home crowd. Kvaratskhelia tried to inspire a comeback, weaving through the Genoa defense but failing to find a teammate with his cutbacks or shots.

Despite Napoli’s dominance, Genoa held firm. Zambo Anguissa missed a golden header from Kvaratskhelia’s corner with 16 minutes remaining. Just when it seemed Genoa had secured a historic victory, Napoli struck in the dying seconds. Giovanni Di Lorenzo headed a cross back across goal, and Ngonge kept his composure to fire past the goalkeeper, sending the home fans into ecstasy.

The late goal ensured Napoli avoided a second consecutive defeat before their crucial Champions League clash, while Genoa’s winless streak extends to three matches.

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