Serie A Week 3: Result EMPOLI 1 – 2 VENEZIA, Saturday 11 September 2021 Anna Italia
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68% Ball Possession EMPOLI and 32% Ball Possession VENEZIA
Empoli 1 – 2 Venezia
89′ Nedim Bajrami  (pen)        13′ Thomas Henry
.                                                          68′ David Okereke
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👉 Serie A Standing BEFORE the game:
Empoli,11th position with 3 points and a negative goal difference of -1
Venezia, 20th position with 0 points and a negative goal difference of -5

Empoli  failing to win the Serie A Week 3 game defeated by Venezia on Saturday 11 September 2021 at the Carlo Castellani Stadium in Empoli, Italy.  Empoli just crumbled after defeating Juventus on Week 2 at the Allianz Stadium reaching 3 points while Juventus remained with just 1 point.  Venezia winning their first game this season collecting all 3 points in this away victory.

  • Stats, Empoli and Venezia faced each other only in the 1998/99 season in Serie A: in that season Venezia winning with a 3-2 at Penzo and a draw 2-2 at the Castellani Stadium.  For Empoli, in case of a victory, would equal their best starts in a Serie A championship: the Tuscans achieved two victories in their first three games in 1986/87 and 2002/03, both seasons in which they achieved salvation. Empoli have lost their first home game this season against Lazio, and have never started a Serie A season with two defeats in their first two home games.   The real test is for Venezia to collect at least 1 point or they could remain without points in the first three games played in a Serie A season for the third time: in 1949/50 and in 2001/02 the first two – in both previous cases they scored a goal. Venezia have not scored a goal in their first two games of this league and may miss the appointment with the goal for three straight games in a single Serie A season for the first time since November 1999. Venezia’s last Serie A victory came against a Tuscan team: 2-0 against Fiorentina in 2002, with Giuseppe Iachini at the helm.

Venezia opening the score in the 13th minute. It is Thomas Henry to defeat Empoli goalkeeper Vicario from very close range with a left footed shot to the top left corner. The assist is by Mattia Aramu. This is a historical goal because it is Venezia’s first goal in Serie A after their promotion from Serie B!!!

Venezia increasing the score in the 68th minute. It is David Okereke to score with a left footed shot following a fast break. Imagine, Okereke replaced Antonio Vacca in the 67th minute because of an injury and a minute later, “Hello, I am here with a goal.”

Empoli shortening the distance for the 1-2. In the 89th minute, it is Nedim Bajrami to convert a penalty defeating Venezia goalkeeper with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner. The penalty is conceded by Niki Mäenpää.

✅ Here is Empoli official starting lineup by Coach Aurelio Andreazzoli:

👉Lineup Empoli (4-3-1-2): Vicario – Stojanovic, Ismajli, Luperto, Marchizza – Haas, Ricci, Bandinelli – Bajrami – Cutrone, Mancuso

✅ Here is Venezia official starting lineup by Coach Zanetti:

👉Lineup Venezia (4-3-3): Lezzerini – Mazzocchi, Caldara, Ceccaroni, Schnegg – Fiordilino, Vacca, Busio – Aramu, Henry, Johnsen.

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2021 – 2022 Italian Serie A Week 3

Empoli 1 – 2 Venezia
Saturday 11 September 2021
Carlo Castellani Stadium
Empoli, Italy


Referee: RAPUANO
Assistants: PAGANESSI – MUTO
Fourth Official: MARCHETTI

Goals:  13′ Thomas Henry (V), 68′ David Okereke (V), 89′ Nedim Bajrami  (pen) (E)

Booked: Ismajli (E), Aramu (V), Lezzerini (V), Haas (E), Johnsen (V), Heymans (V), Maenpaa (V)

Official lineups – formations – tabellino:

👉Lineup Empoli (4-3-1-2): Vicario; Stojanovic (83′ Henderson), Ismajli (46′ Tonelli), Luperto, Marchizza; Bandinelli (46′ Di Francesco), Ricci (62′ Stulac), Haas; Bajrami; Cutrone, Mancuso (62′ Pinamonti).

Subs.: Ujkani, Furlan, Romagnoli, La Mantia, Zurkowski, Baldanzi, Viti

Coach:  Aurelio Andreazzoli

👉Lineup Venezia (4-3-3): Lezzerini (46′ Maenpaa); Mazzocchi, Caldara, Ceccaroni, Schnegg (46′ Molinaro); Busio, Vacca (67′ Okereke), Fiordilino (54′ Crnigoj); Aramu (33′ Heymans), Henry, Johnsen.

Subs: Ebuehi, Modolo, Haps, Tessmann, Kiyine, Forte.

Coach: Zanetti