Saturday, 15 September 2007

Serie B Week 4: Review

Saturday 15 September
Avellino 1-0 Bologna
Bologna’s stint on top of the table was short-lived, as they crumbled against newly promoted Avellino in a game played behind closed doors due to the Stadio Partenio’s failure to meet safety standards. Antonioli kept the scoreline down with saves on Pellicori and Sestu, but could do nothing on a Salgado glancing header from a corner kick. The Rossoblu’s best opportunity fell to Cipriani, but it was fingertipped over the bar by Pantanelli.

Chievo 0-0 Modena
The Flying Donkeys were tethered to the ground by this goalless draw. Modena intended to block the midfield and succeeded, particularly in the second half. Chievo tried to break through for the advantage early on, but Pellissier fired over an open goal, while the Canarini brought saves out of Squizzi with Bruno and Pinardi. Notably, Obinna played for the home side after the end of his contract dispute.

Grosseto 0-0 Cesena
New Grosseto Coach Stefano Pioli had a positive debut on the bench, earning their first point and clean sheet. There were precious few scoring opportunities for either side, but the home side threatened when Garofalo’s free kick shook the frame of the goal and Virga scraped the paint off the upright.

Lecce 0-0 Ascoli
The two promotion contenders could not gain an advantage in this ill-tempered encounter that saw no goals, but two red cards. Taibi stuck out a foot to parry Abbruscato’s early effort and Job was the first to leave the pitch for a second bookable offence on 64 minutes. Zanchetta and Valdes were introduced to boost Lecce’s attacking prowess, but Ascoli clammed up successfully to protect the point and even went close to a winner through Di Donato’s effort inches over the bar. Tiribocchi was also dismissed, so he will be suspended.

Messina 0-0 Frosinone
Messina continue to struggle in these opening weeks of the campaign and Frosinone can be thankful they came away with a result from Sicily. The home side had by far the better of the play, but paid for some wasteful finishing and Sicignano’s splendid goalkeeping on Cordova, Lazzari and Biancolino. When the shot-stopper was beaten by a Degano header, D’Antoni was ready for the goalline clearance.

Piacenza 1-0 Bari
Piacenza lift themselves off the foot of the table with their first win of the season. Miglionico popped up with the decisive goal on the hour mark, celebrating his debut in central defence, with a towering header. Miglionico nearly snatched another, but was denied by a Gazzi goalline clearance. Bari’s best opportunity was in stoppages for Lanzafame.

Pisa 0-3 Brescia
Brescia secured their third consecutive victory in confident fashion and are aimed squarely on the top spot. Possanzini made their intent clear within three minutes of kick-off by nodding in Mannini’s cross, then doubled his tally after the restart when combining with Feczesin. Possanzini completed his Man of the Match performance by setting up the third for Zambelli.

Ravenna 0-2 Albinoleffe
After four weeks Albinoleffe top the table, albeit ahead of a Brescia side with a game in hand. Ravenna rarely looked like scoring against Elio Gustinetti’s outfit and the deadlock was broken after the restart when Capecchi’s save on Cristiano was too late to keep the ball out of the net. Ruopolo had a shot charged down by Anzalone and deflected back into the path of a grateful Colombo for the second. Previtali could have made it 3-0 in stoppages, but was denied by a desperate Capecchi challenge.

Rimini 2-1 Treviso
Rimini fought back to earn this precious victory and maintain their promotion run. Viali had given Treviso the lead after just 21 minutes with one of his trademark free kicks, hoping to take revenge for their Coppa Italia exit to this club last month. Jeda made the most of a slight deflection to beat the goalkeeper and equalise, then on the hour mark Cristiano’s header secured the points.

Spezia 0-1 Triestina
Triestina snatched a victory that sends Spezia further into the depths of their crisis. Although the home side had more of the possession in the first half, they did precious little with it, other than a few Guidetti efforts off target. Allegretti grabbed the winner from a free kick, although goalkeeper Santoni probably should have done better.
Vicenza 0-0 Mantova
The match ended goalless, but it was not without incident, as the two goalkeepers were the stars of the show. Schwoch was repeatedly denied by Pegolo, while at the other end Zancope’ was decisive on Godeas, Corona and Fiore.

Source: C4 Football Italia

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