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Żurkowski shines for Empoli in 2-2 draw with Genoa

November 5, 2021 GMT
Empoli players celebrate a goal during the Serie A soccer match between Empoli and Genoa, at the Carlo Castellani stadium in Empoli, Italy, Friday, Nov. 5, 2021. (Marco Bucco/LaPresse via AP)
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Empoli players celebrate a goal during the Serie A soccer match between Empoli and Genoa, at the Carlo Castellani stadium in Empoli, Italy, Friday, Nov. 5, 2021. (Marco Bucco/LaPresse via AP)
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Empoli players celebrate a goal during the Serie A soccer match between Empoli and Genoa, at the Carlo Castellani stadium in Empoli, Italy, Friday, Nov. 5, 2021. (Marco Bucco/LaPresse via AP)

ROME (AP) — Substitute Szymon Żurkowski set up one goal then scored another for Empoli in a 2-2 draw with relegation-threatened Genoa in Serie A on Friday.

Flavio Bianchi equalized for Genoa in the 89th, perhaps saving the job of Genoa coach Davide Ballardini.

Empoli moved up to eighth while Genoa — which has only one win in 12 matches — moved one spot above the drop zone.

Żurkowski first set up Federico Di Francesco in the center of the 18-yard box then scored from 25 yards over a 10-minute stretch in the second half.

Domenico Criscito had put Genoa ahead with a first-half penalty. The former Italy international has converted 15 of 17 penalties in Serie A, including his last seven.

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