Napoli fought back twice from a goal down to snatch a thrilling 4-2 victory away to Genoa.
There were fears this game would not go ahead at all, as the city was on lockdown amid flood warnings when a storm swept in – a knock-on effect from Hurricane Sandy.
The Partenopei had got back into the swing of things with their 4-2 Europa League win over Dnipro on Thursday, all the goals scored by Edinson Cavani, but last week had gifted Torino a point with Salvatore Aronica’s last-minute howler. Juan Camilo Zuniga was the only absentee. Genoa had lost all three games under Gigi Del Neri and confidence was extremely low. Marco Borriello made a shock recovery from a sprained ankle for a place in the squad, but Juan Manuel Vargas, Cristobal Jorquera, Damiano Ferronetti, Anselmo and the suspended Cesare Bovo were unavailable.
Andrea Dossena ballooned a volley over and Christian Maggio should’ve done better when Cavani chipped up a cross to the back post, but he only hit the side-netting when unmarked.
Sebastien Frey bravely plucked a dangerous ball off Cavani’s feet, then Marek Hamsik wasted a good move by tripping on the ball as he was pulling the trigger.
Genoa broke the deadlock with native Neapolitan Ciro Immobile. There had been penalty appeals for a Paolo Cannavaro handling offence that charged down the first Daniel Tozser shot, but it didn’t matter because Immobile fired in on the half-volley as the move continued.
Immobile nearly got a second on the counter, but was denied on the volley by Morgan De Sanctis’ palms.
Andrea Bertolacci went even closer, his strike fingertipped on to the crossbar after an Immobile backheel flick.
More bad news for Napoli, as Lorenzo Insigne had to come on for the injured Goran Pandev. Cavani tested Frey with a weak finish and then scuffed his shot from the edge of the box. Valon Behrami was booked and will be suspended next week against Milan.
Napoli got the equaliser with substitute Giandomenico Mesto, who came on to face his former teammates. Insigne juggled with the ball and flicked it for Mesto, who dribbled through the defence to fire in at the near post.
The lead lasted only a couple of minutes, as a through ball found Luca Antonelli, who rolled across from the by-line for Bertolacci to tap in from six yards.
Frey needed a fine reaction save to deny Insigne, but Bosko Jankovic’s free kick shaved a coat of paint off the back post with De Sanctis rooted to the spot.
At the end of a long attacking move, Napoli saw Mesto and Blerim Dzemaili shots charged down in the box.
Frey had his palms stung by a Cavani free kick, then an Insigne blockbuster from distance was fingertipped on to the crossbar by a flying Frey.
Cavani had a good chance on the counter and lost his footing under pressure, so from the ground managed to get the assist for Mesto to balloon over the bar.
Napoli did eventually draw level through that man Cavani, who sprung the offside trap on a Hamsik through ball and dribbled around the goalkeeper to deposit into an empty net.
Felipe Seymour went so close to restoring Genoa’s advantage, but Dossena timed his interception perfectly on the counter.
In the final minute, Napoli turned the game around completely with Hamsik’s diving header on a Mesto cross.
Deep into stoppages Insigne made it safe on the counter-attack in a one-on-one with Frey.