Monday, 27 August 2007

Serie C Week 1: Verona get C sick

It was a disastrous weekend for the newly-relegated sides in Serie C with giants Verona humbled by Cittadella in a historic derby.

The 1984-85 Scudetto winners suffered a shock relegation last term and were expected to get the better of fellow Veneto side Cittadella in front of 11,666 fans at the Stadio Bentegodi.

However, the visitors heaped still more misery on the Veronese outfit and triumphed thanks to a second minute Claudio Coralli penalty after Leandro Greco had felled Diego Santos Oliveira.

The Scaligeri had a shot cleared off the line, but rarely threatened and the pressure is already mounting on ex-Cagliari boss Franco Colomba.

Pescara suffered an even more humiliating welcome to the third tier as they were demolished 4-0 by tiny Basilicata side Potenza, who were promoted in the Serie C2 play-offs last term.

Arezzo, who were so cruelly relegated from the Cadetti, also lost out to Sorrento.

A 79th minute strike from young Neapolitan striker Gennaro Fragiello ensured that Coach Luciano De Paolo had a miserable debut on the Tuscans’ bench.

Two sleeping giants met at the Stadio Pierluigi Penzo with Venezia beaten 2-1 by Cremonese.

Ex-Albinoleffe tactician Emiliano Mondonico will be delighted with the maiden win as he looks to repeat the success he had in Bergamo.

The weekend’s other notable games saw Salernitana triumph 3-1 away to Sambenedettese and Francesco Di Gennaro hit the first hat-trick as Gallipoli routed Gianluca Pessotto’s old club Massese 4-1.

Serie C1/A - Week 1:
Cavese 1-1 Pro Sesto, Foggia 0-0 Legnano, Foligno 4-0 Lecco, Padova 2-0 Monza, Paganese 1-2 Sassuolo, Pro Patria 1-0 Novara, Ternana 1-0 Manfredonia, Verona 0-1 Cittadella, Venezia 1-2 Cremonese.

Serie C1/B - Week 1:
Ancona 2-0 Juve Stabia, Arezzo 0-1 Sorrento, Gallipoli 4-1 Massese, Lucchese 1-1 Crotone, Martina 0-0 Sangiovannese, Perugia 2-1 Taranto,
Pistoiese 0-3 Lanciano, Potenza 4-0 Pescara, Sambenedettese 1-3 Salernitana.

Serie C2/A - Week 1:
Calcio 2-1 Cuneo, Ivrea 1-0 Carpenedolo, Mezzocorona 0-3 Nuorese, Pavia 1-3 Rodengo, Pergocrema 1-1 Alto Adige, Pizzighettone 2-1 Pro Vercelli, Torres 2-1 Lumezzane, Valenzana 1-3 Olbia, Varese 4-3 Canavese.

Serie C2/B - Week 1:
Bellaria 0-0 Sansovino, Carrarese 2-0 Gubbio, Castelnuovo 1-3 Poggibonsi, Cuoiocappiano 0-1 Reggiana, Portosummaga 1-0 Prato, Rovigo 2-2 San Marino, Teramo 3-2 Spal, Viareggio 3-1 Giulianova, Viterbese 1-4 Bassano.

Serie C2/C - Week 1:
Benevento 1-0 Neapolis, Cassino 0-0 Marcianise, Catanzaro 2-0 Celano, Igea 1-1 Cisco Roma, Melfi 0-0 Vigor Lamezia, Monopoli 3-0 Andria, Pescina 2-1 Gela, Scafatese 1-0 Noicattaro, Vibonese 0-0 Val Di Sangro.

Source: C4 Football Italia

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