Monday, 17 September 2007

Serie C Week 4: Verona hit rock bottom

Former giants Verona have hit a new low after a defeat at early leaders Sassuolo left them propping up the Serie C1/A table.

The Gialloblu are still one of Italy’s most passionately supported sides despite a spectacular fall from grace that has seen the 1984-85 Scudetto winners slide into the third tier. Hopes that the Mastini would bounce straight back from calcio’s underbelly are fading fast as Franco Colomba’s men are yet to secure a win in their new habitat.

Emilia-Romagna side Sassuolo overcame their illustrious opponents at the tiny Stadio Enzo Ricci despite Verona taking an early lead when summer signing Giovanni Orfei rose to head home a Leandro Greco free-kick. Matteo Magnarelli equalised with an angled drive after a blocked free-kick and Marco Piccioni’s third goal in as many games came courtesy of a header from a Stefanio Pagani cross to secure win number four for Sassuolo.

It was a tough weekend for Venezia as they were held 1-1 by newly-promoted Lombardy outfit Lecco. In fact the Lagunari needed a penalty from Marco Romondini to level the game after trailing in the second half.

Favourites Cremonese were surprisingly beaten by Pro Patria, who were last in Serie A in 1956. A Guerrino Gasparello goal in the third minute was enough to halt Emiliano Mondonico’s excellent start with the Grigiorossi.

Newly-relegated Arezzo got back to winning ways against Pistoiese – Marcello Lippi’s old club – thanks to recent recruit Albanian international Florian Myrtaj.

Crotone fought out a tense stalemate with Salernitana, while Pescara routed Marche underachievers Sambenedettese 4-1.

Francesco Di Gennaro remains the striking star of Serie C, but his fifth goal of the season for Gallipoli against Taranto wasn’t enough to prevent a 2-1 defeat for a side chasing a fourth consecutive promotion.

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

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

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

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

Serie C2/C - Week 4:
Andria 1-2 Benevento, Celano 2-1 Vibonese, Cisco Roma 1-0 Monopoli, Gela 2-0 Cassino, Marcianise 1-0 Catanzaro, Melfi 1-1 Scafatese, Noicattaro 4-5 Neapolis, Val Di Sangro 2-1 Igea, Vigor Lamezia 0-1 Pescina.

Source: C4 Football Italia

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