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Stunning New Genoa bridge ‘inaugurated’ two years after collapse

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Italy inaugurates a sleek new bridge in Genoa on Monday, though relatives of the 43 people killed when the old viaduct collapsed say the pomp and ceremony risk overshadowing the tragedy.

Jets trailing the colours of the Italian flag will roar overhead as the national anthem plays, almost two years to the day the Morandi highway gave way during heavy rain, hurling dozens of cars and several trucks onto railway tracks below.

President Sergio Mattarella will be the first to officially cross the new bridge, designed by famed Italian architect Renzo Piano, who gave it a curved, gleaming underbelly evoking the hull of a ship in tribute to Genoa’s maritime history.

The names of the victims will be read aloud — though many of their loved ones will not be present.

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“We won’t be at the inauguration, we don’t want the tragedy to be transformed into a carnival,” said Egle Possetti, whose sister died in the August 14, 2018 disaster along with her husband and their two children.

“You can have this sort of big party if you knock down the bridge because it’s old, you build a new one, and no one’s died.”

The Morandi bridge had been riddled with structural problems for decades, leading to expensive maintenance, and its collapse threw the spotlight on Italy’s creaking infrastructure.

The tragedy also ended the longstanding concession of highway maintenance by a company majority-owned by the powerful Benetton family.

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The new high-tech structure will have four maintenance robots running along its length to spot weathering or erosion, as well as a special dehumidification system to limit corrosion.

It is expected to open to traffic on Tuesday or Wednesday.

– ‘An atrocious sight’ –

Architect Piano, a Genoa native whose building designs include the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and The Shard in London, has described his new creation as a “child born of tragedy”.

The Italian Air Force acrobatic unit Frecce Tricolori (Tricolored Arrows) perform past the new San Giorgio bridge on the inauguration day on August 3 , 2020 in Genoa. Miguel MEDINA / AFP

“It was horrific. I remember the sounds, the smells, terrible things,” said Silvano Ruffoni, one of the first paramedics on the scene when, at just after 11:30 am, some 250 metres (820 feet) of the vast concrete structure crumbled into the void.

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“We were met by such an atrocious sight. The bridge was gone. We were thunderstruck,” he said in an interview with the local daily Il Secolo XIX last week.

The new viaduct, he said, was “a sign of rebirth”.

But Possetti, who is a spokeswoman for a victims’ relatives group, said she would “never cross that bridge”.

“How could you be there and not think of everything that happened, and that destroyed your family,” she told Media (known to Noble Reporters Media).

The Morandi was hailed a marvel of engineering when it opened in 1967, but an investigation into the disaster found it was neglected.

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Autostrade, which runs almost half of Italy’s motorway network, has been accused of failing to maintain it properly, amid allegations of falsified safety reports and in-house pressure to slash maintenance costs.

A wide angle view shows the Italian Air Force acrobatic unit Frecce Tricolori (Tricolored Arrows) performing over the new San Giorgio bridge on its inauguration day on August 3, 2020 in Genoa. 
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Atlantia, the parent group of Autostrade, is controlled by the wealthy Benetton family, which finally bowed to pressure last month to relinquish control of its besmirched toll-road operator, which will be nationalised.

Autostrade is under investigation, along with several transport ministry officials, for culpable homicide.

The preliminary probe is due to wind up in October, before a trial begins early next year, Possetti said.


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Genoa Vs Inter starting Xi’s revealed

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The line-ups of Genoa vs Inter have been announced.

Genoa XI: Behrami, Zapata, Criscito, Perin, Ankersen, Goldaniga, Jagiełło, Favilli, Pinamonti, Romero, Rovella

Subs: Pandev, Masiello, Schone, Marchetti, S. Eriksson, Destro, S. Ichazo, Biraschi, Barreca, Cassata, Ghiglione

Inter XI: Handanovic, Godin, Moses, Ranocchia, Lukaku, Eriksen, Brozovic, Biraghi, Skriniar, Gagliardini, Lautaro

Subs: Young, Berni, Sanchez, Candreva, Padelli, Valero, De Vrij, D’Ambrosio, Bastoni, Agoume, Pirola, Esposito.


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Genoa 1-3 Juventus, Ratings, Match Reports and Starting XI

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Juventus moved four points clear of Lazio again in Serie A thanks to superb goals from Paulo Dybala, Cristiano Ronaldo and Douglas Costa.

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Cristiano Ronaldo scored a stunning goal as Juventus restored their four-point lead at the top of Serie A with a 3-1 victory over struggling Genoa.

Lazio’s win over Torino had seen the gap at the top of Serie A closed to one point prior to kick-off at Stade Luigi Ferraris, but Maurizio Sarri’s side ultimately made light work of their hosts.

After a dominant first-half display failed to produce the goods, Juve made the pressure count early in the second period – Paulo Dybala opening the scoring before Ronaldo picked out the top right-hand corner of the net in sensational fashion.

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13′ CLOSE! Ronaldo’s long shot denied

Perin is forced into action again, this time with a far more spectacular stop! Ronaldo, quiet until now, unleashes a right-footed strike that looks destined for the top-right corner. The goalkeeper gets up to parry brilliantly.

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43′ NICE TRY! Ronaldo’s shot denied by Perin

Juve are back on the attack and Ronaldo works Perin! Dybala feeds his strike partner, who is wide on the right but looks to have picked out the top corner until a strong left hand turns the shot away.

50′ GOAL! Genoa 0-1 Juventus (Dybala)

Genoa had made a determined start to the second half, again flying into challenges, but Dybala has the home defence looking foolish. He dances past two challenges on the right corner of the area and can then cut inside onto his left to fire in a low shot that slips beyond Perin’s fingertips.

56′ GOAL! Genoa 0-2 Juventus (Ronaldo)

Genoa do not get out to close Ronaldo down and, from 25 yards, he lashes a right-footed drive high past Perin into the top-right corner. Juve lead 2-0 and are surely on course for another win now.

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58′ Yellow Card! Sturaro booked

Sturaro only left Juve last year but there are no friends here as the Genoa captain catches Bernardeschi with his elbow, prompting a yellow card.

73′ GOAL! Genoa 0-3 Juventus (Douglas Costa)

This is every bit as good as the first two! Juve lead 3-0 after a trio of wondergoals. Costa collects the ball on the right corner of the box, shifts left with a stepover and curls towards the top-left corner. The shot starts some way outside the post but curls magnificently to find the net. Perin is rooted.

76′ GOAL! Genoa 1-3 Juventus (Pinamonti)

With a corner only half-cleared, the striker gathers a second cross in the area and dances into space before unleashing a powerful drive high past Szczesny.

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Juventus Vs Genoa starting Xi revealed


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Juventus Vs Genoa starting Xi revealed

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The line-ups of Genoa vs Juventus have been announced.

Genoa XI: Behrami, Masiello, Schone, Perin, Soumaoro, Sturaro, Cassata, Favilli, Ghiglione, Pinamonti, Romero

Subs: Pandev, Zapata, Marchetti, Falque, Destro, Lerager, Biraschi, Sanabria, Goldaniga, Jagiełło, Barreca, N. Radaelli

Juventus XI: Szczesny; Cuadrado, De Ligt, Bonucci, Danilo; Bentancur, Pjanic, Rabiot; Bernardeschi, Dybala, C. Ronaldo.

Subs: Buffon, Pinsoglio, Rugani, Wesley, Ramsey, Matuidi, Muratore, Douglas Costa, Higuain, Olivieri.

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Pjanic delivers emotional goodbye to Juventus


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