Genoa held to controversial 1-1 draw by Empoli in first match since port city hit by floods


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GENOA, Italy — Genoa was held to a controversial 1-1 draw by visiting Empoli on Monday in the first match since the port city was hit by devastating floods.

Genoa went ahead with a goal from Andrea Bertolacci 14 minutes in and Lorenzo Tonelli equalized with his arm in the 77th following a deflection.

"It was a handball by Tonelli. That was clear," Genoa coach Gian Piero Gasperini said. "It cost us two points."

The draw left both sides in the bottom half of table, with Genoa 11th and Empoli 14th.

Before kickoff, a minute of silence was observed for a victim of the flooding, caused when two rivers burst their banks and sent a torrent of water and mud down Genoa's streets.

Residents have been left without electricity and schools closed.

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