International Soccer - Italy

Calaio rescues point for Genoa in draw with Napoli

Naples, Italy (SportsNetwork.com) - Emanuele Calaio scored six minutes from time on Monday to secure a point for Genoa in a 1-1 draw with Napoli at the Stadio San Paolo.

Genoa entered the contest in decent form following a win over Livorno on Feb. 9 and a thrilling 3-3 draw against Udinese the following week. But the home side snagged the lead in the 18th minute.

Marek Hamsik got the scoring play started for Napoli as he slid an inch- perfect through ball to the feet of Gonzalo Higuain, who fired it past Genoa goalkeeper Mattia Perin.

It appeared Napoli would escape with all three points, but Calaio found a late equalizer in the 84th minute when he ripped a well-struck free kick past Napoli goalkeeper Pepe Reina into the top right corner of the net.

Both teams sent numbers forward in search of a potential winning goal, but it never materialized and the sides were forced to settle for a point apiece.

The result sees Genoa remain in 11th place in Serie A on 32 points, while Napoli stays in third place with 51 points, six behind second-place Roma.

Also in Serie A action on Monday, Matias Fernandez buried a spectacular free kick five minutes from time to rescue a point for Fiorentina in a 2-2 draw with Parma at the Stadio Ennio Tardini.

The hosts opened the scoring in the 38th minute through a goal from Antonio Cassano, but Juan Cuadrado answered with an equalizer two minutes later for La Viola.

The match really took off in the second half, however, as Parma grabbed the lead back after Amauri De Oliveira converted a penalty kick six minutes into the second period of play.

Two minutes later Mobido Diakite was shown a straight red card, reducing the visiting side to 10 men.

It appeared that Fiorentina's Champions League hopes to set to take a major hit, but with six minutes to play, Fernandez stepped up and delivered a beautiful, curling free kick into the top left corner of the net, leaving Parma goalkeeper Antonio Mirante with no chance for a save.

Things then got a bit out of control in the final minutes as Borja Valero and Parma's Gianni Munari were both sent off in stoppage time following an altercation, but the clubs were forced to settle for a point apiece.

02/24 17:11:11 ET

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