Napoli open season with win at Parma as fans return to stadiums

Rome, Sept.20 (BNA): Napoli opened their season with a 2-0 win at Parma Sunday in the first Serie A match to allow a limited number of fans since the coronavirus lockdown in March.

 

Dries Mertens netted a 63rd-minute opener and captain Lorenzo Insigne tapped in after a save on 77 as the Neapolitans’ pace improved with the entrance of their fast new signing Victor Osimhen, reports dpa international.

 

About 1,000 socially distanced and mask-wearing fans attended the game at the Ennio Tardini, where the hosts played under new coach Fabio Liverani as US businessman Kyle Kraus sat in the stands after acquiring control of the club this week.

 

New Genoa boss Rolando Maran enjoyed a 4-1 win against promoted Crotone, with Mattia Destro and Goran Pandev on target before Emmanuel Riviere pulled one back for the guests.

 

Newcomers Davide Zappacosta and Marko Pjaca, who came off the bench, netted two more for the hosts.

Sassuolo meet Cagliari before champions Juventus welcome Sampdoria later Sunday.

 

Fiorentina opened the season with a 1-0 defeat of Torino Saturday, when Verona and Roma drew 0-0.

 

AC Milan v Bologna is set for Monday, while three games involving Inter Milan, Atalanta and promoted Spezia have been moved to September 30 as they played in European tournaments and Serie B play-offs well into August.

 

 

Source: Bahrain News Agency