Sunday, August 2, 2020 at
After two seasons at the highest level, Lecce descends again to Serie B. The number eighteen of Serie A could rise a place on Sunday at the expense of Genoa, but then Lecce had to win against Parma and Genoa had to lose points against Hellas Verona. Both conditions were not met: Genoa, the oldest active club in Italy, won 3-0 despite two red cards, while Lecce lost 3-4. In this way Lasse Schöne remains active at the highest level.
Genoa could not have wished for a better start to the all-deciding Sunday evening. The Rossoblù, without Lasse Schöne in the starting line-up, were leading themselves 2-0 within 25 minutes, while Lecce was 0-2 behind. Antonio Sanabria was the celebrated man at Genoa, with a close header and a controlled shot in a one-on-one situation with keeper Boris Radunovic. Lecce was disappointed for the first time after an unfortunate own goal by Fabio Lucioni, after Hernani hit the post, and Parma’s 0-2 was credited to Gianluca Caprari from the edge of the penalty area.
Captain Mimmo Criscito dropped out in the first half for Genoa, but the score remained positive: just before the break, the home team made it 3-0 via Cristian Romero. The defender had to push in after the break after a second yellow card and Hellas Verona coach Ivan Juric was also shown the red card. Meanwhile, Lecce had come back to 2-2 against Parma before the break by hits from Antonin Barak and Biagio Meccariello, but after the break, the number eighteen was again trailing behind due to Andreas Cornelius.
Genoa, however, didn’t have to worry as much about the events in Lecce as long as it won itself. With one man less, Genoa’s lead remained intact, while Lecce was even 2-4 behind by a hit by Roberto Inglese. After that, Gianluca Lapadula did make it 3-4 and that became the final score. Lecce finishes eighteenth and is relegated as well as Brescia and SPAL to Serie B. Incidentally, Sofyan Amrabat received a red card in his very last game for Hellas, when he pressed his head against Francesco Cassata after an injury in injury time. Cassata also had to push in. Amrabat plays for Fiorentina next season and misses the competition start of his new club.