The Italian Serie A match between Sampdoria and Genoa was postponed on Saturday, Feb. 21 after a wild rain storm at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris. The Derby della Lanterna game will now be played on Tuesday, Feb. 24. The pitch became waterlogged following the downpour and became unplayable. The bitter rivals will enter the makeup game with 35 points each as they’re tied for sixth place in the league. The game is a crucial one for both clubs as they each fight for a place in Europe next season.
The stadium, which is shared by both teams, became soaked after rain fell on it for several hours before the kickoff. The start of the match was delayed by 15 minutes and then finally scheduled to begin 20 minutes after the original kickoff time. However, the referees tried to roll the ball over the waterlogged turf and then decided to call the contest off. Sampdoria was the designated home side with Genoa being the away team.
Genoa came out of their dressing room and took to the pitch to applaud their soaking-wet fans. Meanwhile, Sampdoria goaltender Emiliano Viviano told the media, “Perhaps this could’ve been prevented. In these circumstances, though, it was impossible to play football.”
Both clubs have played 23 league games with Genoa having nine wins, eight draws and six losses and Sampdoria having eight wins, 11 draws and four defeats. Genoa is ahead on goal difference with a plus seven rating while Sampdoria is plus three. Sampdoria is in a slide though with just one win in their past five matches along with two losses and two draws. Genoa has two wins, two draws and a loss in their past five outings. The match wasn’t the only one postponed in Italy this weekend as the clash at Parma between Parma and Udinese was also called off on Sunday, Feb. 22. This game hasn’t been rescheduled yet as Parma is in deep financial trouble.