Sampdoria enjoy derby revenge as Criscito’s cruel miss leaves Genoa in trouble | Nicky Bandini

Genoa’s captain could have left for Toronto but stayed to battle relegation, which made his penalty miss all the more painfulDomenico Criscito could have been 4,000 miles away. Everything was agreed for the defender to join Toronto FC at the start of March, swapping a relegation battle at Genoa for an adventure in Canada. It sounded like the perfect way to wind down a career: playing alongside Lorenzo Insigne, an old friend with whom he has shared family holidays.As the moment of departure neared, however, the thought of abandoning Genoa in such a perilous state gnawed away at him. The Grifone were the first professional club to take a chance on Criscito, signing him from Sporting Volla in Naples and giving him his debut in Serie B at 16 years old.

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