Sunday, 9 September 2007

Serie B Week 3: Review

Sunday 9 September
Albinoleffe 2-1 Grosseto
Albinoleffe struggled to get the better of Serie B new boys Grosseto, but still doomed them to their third consecutive defeat. The opener was pure long-ball play, as goalkeeper Marchetti’s goal kick went straight to Ruopolo for the finish. Straight after the restart Cellini was at first denied by Bressan, but got his penalty in on the rebound. The referee also pointed to the spot for Grosseto’s Carparelli, but after Innocenti’s dismissal, the visitors rather ran out of steam.

Ascoli 0-0 Rimini
Ascoli had a stunning start to the season, but have fallen by the wayside somewhat. They had the chance to defeat fellow promotion hopefuls Rimini at the Stadio Del Duca, but Soncin fired his penalty on to the upright. Ricchiuti and Jeda also wasted good opportunities, but none more so than Belingheri, who hit the woodwork in front of practically an open goal. Rimini seemed content to defend the precious away point.

Bari 2-0 Vicenza
Bari got their first win of the season thanks to a stroke of luck, as they scored with their only two real attempts on goal. Rajcic beat Zancop√® on Santoruvo’s assist and nine minutes later a similar strike was set up by Lanzafame for Galasso. Vicenza fought back and controlled the game, but wasted a host of chances, in particular Raimondi hitting the crossbar and Schwoch missing a hat-trick.

Bologna 2-1 Ravenna
Adailton scored his second goal in as many games for Bologna to put them on top of the table. It was a dramatic finale at the Stadio Dall’Ara, as Ravenna had taken the shock lead with Toledo’s piledriver from the edge of the box. Castellini’s goalline clearance prevented the same player from doubling the advantage before the break, so a Carrus header drew the teams level. Terzi saw red, suggesting Bologna would be content with the point, but in the final seconds Adailton smashed in a free kick to turn it around.

Cesena 1-2 Pisa
Pisa confirm their giant-killing reputation with another shock result after the 2-1 away to Bari. Cesena had taken the lead just 120 seconds in with Mezavilla rising to nod in Cortellini’s free kick, but it did not last long before Castillo held up the ball for Kutuzov to equalise. The home side should have restored their advantage on the stroke of half-time when Zoppetti hauled back Turati, but spot-kick specialist Salvetti surprisingly ballooned his penalty over the bar. Substitute Cerci completed the comeback with a solo run and strike at the back post.

Frosinone 2-1 Avellino
Frosinone notch up their second consecutive victory, although it was a far from convincing performance against an Avellino side without a single point this season. In fact, the visitors had the brighter start with Di Cecco wasting a golden opportunity and a penalty shout before Salgado held up the ball for Pellicori’s angled drive. Under-21 international Lodi once again proved decisive for Frosinone, curling a trademark free kick under the bar and turning in the loose ball from D’Antoni’s parried effort. Despite Amerini’s red card, Pecchia’s goalline clearance prevented Salgado from nodding in the equaliser six minutes from time.

Mantova 4-0 Messina
Mantova sent out a warning to all the Serie A contenders with this demolition job on top flight candidates Messina. The summer signing of Valencia flop Fiore seems to have been inspired, as he was Man of the Match and pulled all the midfield strings. Godeas bagged a brace either side of half-time and the extent of Messina’s contribution to the game was a Biancolino effort cleared off the line by Grauso. In the final stages Caridi and Noselli rounded out the scoreline.

Modena 2-2 Spezia
Leaders Modena only managed to scrape a point against struggling Spezia thanks to a remarkable late comeback. The Canarini were expected to sweep their opponents aside, but instead found themselves 2-0 down in the opening 22 minutes thanks to Guidetti and Do Prado, the latter meeting Biso’s assist. Modena were shell-shocked, but got back into the game after the break with Pinardi’s free kick. The post denied Guidetti for Spezia and despite Okaka’s dismissal, deep into stoppages Longo fired in the crucial equaliser. Disappointment for Spezia, even if they earn their first point of the campaign. The game was preceded by a minute's silence for Modena native Luciano Pavarotti.

Treviso 0-1 Chievo
Chievo fly to the top of the table with this important away victory and crush their former Coach Bepi Pillon, who is now plying his trade at Treviso. The visitors dominated the opening half-hour and secured the points through a stunning Marcolini left-foot screamer from all of 30 metres. Calderoni needed saves to prevent Italiano, Troiano and Luciano increasing their tally, while Pianu performed a crucial tackle on Pellissier. Although substitute Pià livened up the Treviso front line, they were unable to truly trouble the Verona side.

Triestina 1-1 Lecce
Leaders Lecce were held at the Stadio Nereo Rocco in a fiery encounter with 10 bookings. The Salentini broke the deadlock at their first real attempt, when Munari dispossessed Pesaresi to set up Abbruscato’s left-foot finish. This shook Triestina out of their torpor and they poured forward, eventually snatching a point just before the hour mark. Goalkeeper Rosati spectacularly parried Sgrigna’s header, but could do nothing on the Granoche follow-up.
Tuesday 18 September
Brescia 2-0 Piacenza
This match was played on September 18 due to players away on international duty: [Match Report].

Source: C4 Football Italia

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