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Genoa break their duck, Torino snatch draw

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MILAN (Reuters) – Genoa managed their first league win of the season at the eighth attempt when they took advantage of slack defending to beat Cagliari 3-2 in Serie A on Sunday. Genoa were gifted a eighth-minute opener when Artur Ionita was caught in possession and Adel Taarabt sent Andrey Galabinov through to score. Galabinov then sprung a poorly organised offside trap to set up the second for Taarabt before half-time. Leonardo Pavoletti pulled one back three minutes after the break, but Luca Rigoni restored Genoa’s two-goal lead and they held on despite Joao Pedro converting a penalty for the Sardinians which was awarded with the help of the video assistant referee (VAR). Lorenzo De Silvestri headed in from a corner in the second minute of stoppage time as Torino twice came from behind to draw 2-2 at Crotone, leaving them eighth with 13 points. Sampdoria and Bologna each have 14 points after both sides won, Sampdoria coming back from a goal down at half-time to beat Atalanta 3-1 and Bologna overcoming SPAL 2-1 in the first top flight derby between the pair for 50 years. Fiorentina striker Cyril Thereau scored twice to give them a 2-1 win over his former club Udinese, while Sassuolo and Chievo drew 0-0. The afternoon matches were a prelude to the Milan derby in the evening. Napoli lead the table with 24 points from eight games after their 1-0 win at AS Roma on Saturday followed by Inter Milan, Juventus and Lazio on 19 and AS Roma on 15.

(Writing by Brian Homewood in Berne; Editing by Christian Radnedge)
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