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Liivak’s season could have not started better, one goal (and another one disallowed) and a great performance that will make his coach, Saurini, proud notwithstanding Napoli left Crotone with just one point on the debut.
The line-up was almost like the one previewed by our colleagues at ‘I am Naples’ with the only Mangiapia to replace De Simone. Frank was fielded on the left flank in a forward trident together with De Iorio as central striker and Bifulco on the right (4-3-3).
After 20’ minutes, Crotone scored the opener with Spagnolo.
Napoli had just started to come out of their half when the home team found the lead with a through ball finished with a powerful right-footed shot past Contini.
After that, Crotone had another couple of chances to make it 2-0 before the half-time whistle. The one-nil lead mirrored a better game shown by the Crotonesi.
It took twenty-four minutes in the second half for Napoli to pull level and it’s Frank Liivak to do so.
It was not a beautiful goal, but a poacher’s finishing as Frank was quick in tapping in a shot by Bifulco rebounded by the Crotone’s shot stopper and he used the sole of his boot for a safe output.
With fifteen minutes to time, Napoli pushed full throttle to snatch the three points. On 35’ Liivak almost completed the comeback, but Calandra outdid himself with a great save to deny the Estonian international his first Italian brace in an official game.
On 45’ it’s the referee to deny Frank with his second joy as he disallow his header goal for a foul committed on Calandra.
Frank Liivak will now return to Estonia for the U-21 games aginst Bulgaria and Slovenia. The Campionato Nazionale Primavera will resume on the 13th of September with home debut at Sant'Antimo stadium against Lazio.