March 9, 2014
Soccer — Italian LeagueTuesday, February 25, 2014
Higuaín scores as Napoli draws with Genoa 1-1
MILAN — Napoli’s decision to loan Emanuele Calaio to Genoa came back to haunt them yesterday when the 32-year-old scored with a late free kick in a 1-1 Serie A draw costing his owners two points in the race for a Champions League spot.
Third-placed Napoli had taken a first-half lead with Gonzalo Higuaín’s 13th Serie A goal this season before Calaio curled a left-foot free kick over the wall and in off the post with six minutes left.
Calaio, who joined Napoli when they were in Serie C in 2005 and helped them return to the top flight, was muted in his celebrations.
Calaio left Napoli in 2008 but returned last year before being loaned to Genoa, who have an option to buy him, this season.
Napoli are six points behind second-placed AS Roma after continuing their frustrating habit of dropping points against mid-table opponents. Rafael Benitez’s side, who occupy the Champions League playoff place, have 51 points, six clear of fourth-placed Fiorentina, who earlier drew 2-2 at Parma in a game which produced three red cards.
Roma, with a game in hand over the other teams in the top four, have 57 points and leaders Juventus 66.