Genoa produce high strike-rate

PHIL SHAW

Port Vale 2 Genoa 5

While Italy's top players spent the day on a metaphorical picket line, the side lying 12th in Serie B were striking in a more vigorous fashion at Wembley. Genoa won the Anglo-Italian Cup final so comprehensively that they should be allowed to keep the trophy, which they may well do if this unloved competition does not resurface next season.

Apart from the bus operators of North Staffordshire, who ferried the best part of the 12,663 crowd to the game, the afternoon's chief beneficiary was Gennaro Ruotolo. The Genoa captain not only scored a hat-trick of excellent goals but epitomised the chasm in class between his team and Port Vale.

Genoa have endured a torrid time since their relegation last spring, and live almost permanently in Sampdoria's shadow. Vale, 21st in the First Division but still basking in the glory of their FA Cup conquest of Everton, may have felt they were there for the taking. Three Italian goals by half- time disabused them, and Genoa led 5-0 before Martin Foyle gave the scoreline a modicum of respectability.

John Rudge, Vale's manager, prides himself on the passing game to which his side adhere. But Genoa, deploying classic counter-attacking tactics, were content to let them dominate possession, wait for the inevitable misplaced pass and then break out in swarms and at speed.

Ruotolo created the illusion of being everywhere at once. He it was who punctured the optimism generated by Vale's bright start with an angled drive from 18 yards that sailed over Paul Musselwhite in the 13th minute.

A corner crassly conceded gave Fabio Galante a straightforward header for the second. Vincenzo Montella, who has scored 19 of Genoa's 37 goals this season, killed the game with another from a bicycle kick.

Genoa seemed to be toying with Vale at times. They allowed them a glimpse of goal, such as when Luca Pastine thwarted Andy Porter with the best of several agile saves, before carving them apart in the next instant. Ruotolo's second goal was a skilful chipped shot, and his fifth an unforgiving drive after an elementary error by Ray Walker.

The Potteries contingent were by now reduced to looking on the bright side of life. Foyle's goals, the first following a rare flowing move and the second a diving header from a corner, gave them something to remember.

Unusually for this ill-starred tournament, which brought us the "Battle of Ancona" and more, the game was contested in a sporting spirit. The players swapped shorts as well as shirts before Ruotolo received the cup from Enzo Bearzot, Italy's World Cup-winning coach of '82. That made a change from trading punches, but it may not be enough to save an event short of sponsors and spectators.

Goals: Ruotolo (13) 0-1; Galante (22) 0-2; Montella (39) 0-3; Ruotolo (54) 0-4; Ruotolo (65) 0-5; Foyle (68) 1-5; Foyle (82) 2-5.

Port Vale: (4-4-2): Musselwhite; Hill, Griffiths, Aspin, Stokes (Walker, 37); McCarthy, Porter, Bogie, Guppy (Talbot, 86); L Glover (Naylor, 59), Foyle.

Genoa: (1-2-5-2): Pastine (Spagnulo, 75); Cavallo; Delli Carri, Galante; Magoni, Ruotolo, Bortolazzi, Onorati (Torrente, h-t), Nicola (Van't Schip, 50); Montella, Nappi.

Referee: I Koho (Finland).

Bookings: Port Vale: Hill Foyle. Genoa: Magoni, Bortolazzi.

Man of the match: Ruotolo.

Attendance: 12,663.

News
Ben Little, right, is a Labour supporter while Jonathan Rogers supports the Green Party
general election 2015
News
The 91st Hakone Ekiden Qualifier at Showa Kinen Park, Tokyo, 2014
news
Life and Style
Buyers of secondhand cars are searching out shades last seen in cop show ‘The Sweeney’
motoringFlares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
News
Kim Wilde began gardening in the 1990s when she moved to the countryside
peopleThe singer is leading an appeal for the charity Thrive, which uses the therapy of horticulture
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Project Implementation Executive

£18000 - £23000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: They work with major vehicle ma...

Recruitment Genius: Chiropractic Assistant

£16500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Chiropractic Assistant is needed in a ...

Recruitment Genius: Digital Account Executive - Midlands

£18000 - £26000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: They work with major vehicle ma...

Recruitment Genius: Web Developer

£28000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company provides coaching ...

Day In a Page

NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own - Michael Calvin

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own