Saturday, 25 August 2007

Serie B Week 1: Review

Saturday 25 August
Albinoleffe 3-2 Spezia
The Stadio Azzurri d’Italia crowd was greeted with a spectacular match to open the 2007-08 campaign. Spezia had a blistering start and were 2-0 up by the 11th minute thanks to Manzoni and Guidetti, but Cellini converted a penalty for a foul on Colombo to give the home side hope. The real comeback kicked off after the break, when Cellini again scored from the spot – this time for a tackle on Peluso – and three minutes later Cristiano turned it all around by meeting ex-Parma starlet Ruopolo’s assist.

Ascoli 4-1 Piacenza
Ascoli could not have asked for a better start to the season and stake their claim on the promotion spots with this extraordinary performance against one of the other potential Serie A contenders. It was practically all over by half-time oranges, as Soncin’s angled drive and a left-foot finish tore the Piacenza defence to shreds. Bernacci was brought down by Olivi and converted the penalty himself. After the break little changed, as Beligheri’s sweeping right-foot strike on a Soncin assist made it 4-0. Only Simon made the scoreline slightly less humiliating with a late header.

Bari 1-2 Pisa
Pisa pulled off the shock of the round by conquering the Stadio San Nicola on their return to Serie B. There were several chances for both sides, but the new boys broke through on the hour mark when Cerci’s pass found Castillo completely unmarked. Bonanni thought he had earned Bari a point by converting a penalty for Kutuzov’s foul on Lanzafame, but deep into stoppages plucky Pisa took the spoils with a Castillo header.

Bologna 0-0 Rimini
The local derby proved to be a bit of a damp squid, as neither side showed enough courage to befit a promotion hopeful. Of the two, Rimini were more ambitious and threatened with Jeda and a couple of Vailani efforts. Consigli made saves on Bombardini and Marazzina at the other end, but even after Cardinale’s dismissal, nobody was able to break through.

Brescia 2-0 Vicenza
Brescia are expected to be one of the dominant forces in this Serie B season and clinically saw off Vicenza. Capone and ex-Rondinelle star Serafini had several early chances to cause an upset, but Taddei was more accurate on Possanzini’s assist. Schwoch wasted another good opportunity for the Biancorossi and Possanzini smacked in a splendid volley set up by Tacchinardi.

Cesena 1-1 Chievo
Chievo return to Serie B with a bump, as they feel they deserved more from this match than a point. It was Cesena that took the lead when Moscardelli shook off his marker to bury the shot, but the Flying Donkeys dominated the second half. Pellissier’s header drew level, although the visitors had two goals controversially disallowed and a couple of good penalty shouts ignore. In fact, Moscardelli almost won it for Cesena when he hit the bar on the counter.

Frosinone 1-2 Lecce
Lecce got off to a splendid start with an away victory. Tiribocchi proved to be a sensational January signing and started this campaign the same way, at full stretch to tap in Munari’s cross from the right. Just three minutes later Tiribocchi set up the second for teammate Abbruscato. Frosinone took a while to get back into the game with Lodi’s chip, but when Ischia saw red it put an end to their hopes.

Mantova 1-1 Ravenna
Mantova really should have done better than open with a home draw against newly promoted Ravenna. The referee pointed to the spot for Fasano’s foul on Godeas after just a handful of seconds, but Capecchi smartly saved Corona’s penalty. Corona tried to make up for it, but was denied by the goalkeeper and a Centurioni goalline clearance. Ravenna clammed up, but finally came out of their shell in the second half with a desperate save on Succi and Toledo kept out by the crossbar. Mantova took the lead against the run of play with a Notari screamer from distance, but deep into stoppages Toledo’s low angled drive squeezed past Handanovic.

Modena 3-0 Grosseto
The Canarini gave Grosseto a rough introduction to Serie B, but they had to work hard to get this result. It had been an even encounter until Garofalo’s dismissal for a second bookable offence and soon after Longo opened the scoring with a spectacular volley. Longo got his head to Pinardi’s cross and Antonazzo secured the points late on from another Pinardi assist.

Treviso 1-0 Avellino
Summer signing Inacio Pia gave Treviso their first win of the campaign against newly promoted Avellino. Another new face, former Udinese forward Barreto, forced Carbone into a foul straight after the restart and Pia converted the resulting penalty. The visitors will need to do better this season, as they only had one shot on goal from Hungarian Kenesei.

Triestina 1-1 Messina
Messina were on the verge of making a marvellous start to their promotion attempt, but were denied at the death at the Stadio Nereo Rocco. Parisi’s missile from the edge of the area was only parried into the path of Galeoto. Triestina equalised in similar fashion, as Allegretti’s free kick was fingertipped on to the upright and Granoche pounced on the loose ball.

Source: C4 Football Italia

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