SERIE A

Cremonese lose hope in Dessers as barren start continues

Cyriel Dessers played 25 minutes against Lecce but had zero (0) shots on target, zero (0) shots on goal and only two (2) touches all through the match

Cyriel Dessers has failed to hit the ground running for Cremonese

Super Eagles striker Cyriel Dessers might have lost the trust of Cremonese manager Massimiliano Alvini following the Giorgiorossi latest league match against Lecce.

Cremonese continued their winless start to the 2022/23 Italian Serie A season after playing a 1-1 draw away at the Via del Mare on Sunday afternoon.

Despite being on a seven-match winless run, the Cremonese manager chose to start his record-signing Dessers on the bench against Lecce with compatriot David Okereke preferred to lead the line in a new 4-2-3-1 formation.

A 37-year-old Italian striker, Daniel Ciofani was chosen to lead the Cremonese line with Okereke, Charles Pickel, and Luca Zanimacchia providing support as Cremonese sought to stop Lecce from winning back-to-back games.

Ciofani paid back Alvini's trust in him by scoring the first goal of the match, converting a 19th-minute penalty to put the visitors ahead.

Nigerian forward Okereke picked up a yellow card and conceded a penalty in the 40th minute as Cremonese sought to stem Lecce's push for an equaliser.

Lecce midfielder Gabriel Strefezza dispatched the penalty in the 42nd minute, the 15th goal that Cremonese would concede this season.

Dessers came on for goalscorer Ciofani in the 65th minute as Cremonese chased the result at the Via del Mare.

However, the Super Eagles striker did nothing to affect the proceedings of the match, being only a passenger for the 25 minutes he played during the match.

Dessers had zero (0) shots on target, zero (0) shots on goal, and zero (0) shots overall with only two (2) touches of the ball against Lecce.

The former Genk striker however played one (1) key pass, and attempted one (1) cross but also lost possession once during the match.

The game ended 1-1 with Cremonese set to continue in the search of their first Serie A win when they host Victor Osimhen's Napoli on Sunday, October 9 at the Stadio Giovanni

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