KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Andrija Novakovich had a momentous weekend as his goal and two assists helped Frosinone to a shutout win over Empoli to keep them in the hunt for promotion from Serie B.
Frosinone 4-0 Empoli
Fosinone kept themselves firmly in the promotion-chasing pack as they dominated from start to finish in their comprehensive win over Empoli at Stadio Benito Stirpe.
Novakovich, who has been steadily adjusting to the Italian game since his move from English Championship team Reading, started the game and played the entire 90 minutes in his best performance for the team thus far.
It didn't take long for the towering American forward to make his first contribution in the the game when he inadvertenly set up Andrea Beghetto for the opening goal just three minutes into the contest. Novakovich had intended to take a shot on goal following a cross from the right side, but the ball skipped off his foot and into the pather of the Italian midfielder who steered it home.
Novakovich would add his second assist on the day to strike partner Federico Dionisi just past the half-hour mark. The No. 18 would find run into open space in the center of the area to get his foot on a low cross from teammate Marcus Rohden, then redirect the ball into the path of Dionisi for the easy tap in.
It did not take long for the Wisconsin native to get his name on the scoresheet when the second half commenced as he made a late run into the area to head in cross from Rohden to extend Frosinone's lead. Novakovich had a chance to score a second minutes later, but his attempt to curl the ball past Empoli goalkeeper Alberto Brignoli failed.
However, it didn't matter as Francesco Zampano rounded out the scoring for the host in the 77th minute when slotted his shot between the legs of Brignoli from close range.
It was a brilliant performance put on Frosinone and definitely a great day for Novakovich who seems to finally be acclimating to Italian soccer.
Frosinone sits in 10th place in the standings with 20 points, two behind second place Cittadella.