Saturday, 29 September 2007

Serie B Week 7: Review

Saturday 29 September
Albinoleffe 4-1 Bari
Albinoleffe maintain the leadership of Serie B with this hammering of Bari. Cristiano turned in from close range and Carobbio thumped home a free kick 25 metres out to stun them into submission. Carobbio and Garlini combined for Peluso to beat Gillet and Bari only ever had a look-in when Carozza pulled one back and Rajcic hit the bar. In stoppages ‘Leffe captain Del Prato completed the rout.

Brescia 2-1 Ravenna
Brescia left it late to get the better of Serie B new boys Ravenna and keep up with Albinoleffe on top of the table. Fofana had given the visitors a shock lead just 120 seconds in, his fierce drive in off the inside of the post. The Rondinelle fought back and had several chances before Feczesin managed to equalise, but it was overall an even game. It was only eight minutes from time that Possanzini decided the result with a moment of individual brilliance, dribbling in the area for a smart finish.

Ascoli 3-1 Avellino
It was a tale of three penalties at the Stadio Del Duca and Ascoli bounced back up the standings. The first half was relatively balanced before Bernacci’s header and a Pellicori spot-kick. The referee took centre stage with two penalties converted successfully by Soncin. Bernacci had the chance to make it 4-1 late on, but this time Pantanelli saved it.

Cesena 0-0 Bologna
Bologna were unable to defeat a Cesena side that played with 10 men for over an hour. Goalkeeper Sarti denied Bombardini and Biasi helped him out with a goalline clearance on Adailton. After 25 minutes Sarti was dismissed for bringing down Carrus, but 17-year-old debutant Rossini incredibly saved Adailton’s penalty. The teenager continued his heroics in the second half on Bombardini and Daino, while Cesena nearly snatched all three points late on through Ola’s header.

Frosinone 3-2 Rimini
Frosinone fought back for an exhilarating win over promotion candidates Rimini, especially as it came after two straight defeats. When these teams met in the Coppa Italia in August, it ended 6-0, so the home side were out for revenge. Jeda took advantage of Bocchetti’s error to give Rimini the lead, but Lodi converted a penalty for Milone’s handling offence and just after the restart Evacuo turned it around with his first ever Serie B goal. Lodi was on fine form and extended their advantage on the counter-attack. Although Rimini poured forward in the final stages and pulled one back with Ricchiuti from close range, it was not enough.

Grosseto 2-1 Vicenza
Grosseto won their second game of the season and sent Vicenza hurtling towards the relegation zone. It took a while to get going, as Serafini and Lazzari wasted good chances in the first half. Dall’Acqua put the home side ahead with a screamer, although three minutes later Capone equalised thanks to his free kick. Dall’Acqua completed his brace six minutes from time by converting a penalty.

Lecce 3-0 Chievo
Lecce saw off the Flying Donkeys at the Stadio Via del Mare, but the result was generous, as both sides battled it out. Luciano and Ciaramitaro had good early chances for Chievo, but Abbruscato broke through at the second attempt past Squizzi and doubled their advantage after the break with an angled drive. Esposito’s goalline clearance prevented Pellissier from getting his side back into it, but Malaga brought down Valdes for a late penalty.

Modena 1-0 Messina
Modena recovered from two consecutive defeats to get back on track. Bruno earned the win with a 25th-minute strike, as he Okaka held up the ball and he pounced at the near post. Okaka also hit the upright for the Canarini, while Messina tried to get back into it only for Frezzolini to deny Lazzari and Cordova’s free kick.

Piacenza 1-0 Spezia
Piacenza finally grabbed their first win of the season, but they left it until stoppages against a Spezia side that had Ceccarelli sent off before the break with a second bookable offence. The home side poured forward, but Simon’s goal was disallowed for offside. Spezia were even reduced to nine men, as Padoin was injured after all three substitutions had been completed. Nonetheless, they almost won it when Cassano parried a Guidetti lob. Deep into stoppages Piacenza ensured victory with Anaclerio’s volley.

Treviso 2-3 Pisa
Pisa continue their astonishing campaign and go into fourth place after this thrilling and action-packed encounter. The first half barely left time for the fans to catch their breath at the Stadio Tenni. Cerci made the most of Calderoni’s error to open the scoring, then Treviso equalised through Beghetto’s header. Castillo combined to Kutuzov to restore Pisa’s advantage on the counter with a delightful lob, but there were fireworks just before the break. Gissi saw red, then Trevisan was sent off for blocking a Barreto shot with his hand and the same player converted the penalty to draw Treviso level. There were chances for both sides and Barreto picked up the third red card of the game. It seemed ready to end 2-2 when Calderoni’s howler granted Castillo the winner, as he came rushing out to clear and completely missed the ball, allowing the Pisa hitman to waltz into an empty net.

Triestina 1-0 Mantova
Granoche was the hero and villain, but Mantova are crumbling with a third consecutive defeat. The Uruguayan netted his fifth goal of the season, nodding in the loose ball after Pegolo had parried a Kyriazis effort. Granoche ruined his performance by seeing red and Triestina ended the game with nine men, as Peana suffered from cramp after all the substitutions had been completed. Although Mantova poured forward in the second half, their best chances for Godeas and Lucenti were denied by goalkeeper Rossi.

Source: C4 Football Italia

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