Saturday, 27 October 2007

Serie B Week 11: Review

Saturday 27 October
Brescia 4-1 Triestina
Brescia climbed back to the top of the table just days after their shock 3-0 thrashing by Mantova, as leaders Pisa crumbled. Feczesin was the star of the show, as his header was parried into the path of Mannini for the opener, then he netted twice before the break. Triestina gave themselves a consolation goal with Granoche’s penalty, but Possanzini struck on the counter to secure the 4-1 scoreline.

Grosseto 2-0 Pisa
Pisa’s run of six consecutive victories – and their time at the top of the Serie B table – ground to a halt with this surprise derby defeat. The revelations were unusually sluggish and rarely threatened Bressan’s goalmouth. Grosseto get the bragging rights in Tuscany this weekend with a Carparelli penalty for Raimondi’s tackle on Dall’Acqua and a splendid long-range free kick. It was a tense affair, as Lazzari and Trevisan saw red for double bookable offences, while Raimondi was dismissed after he struck a ballboy.

Frosinone 0-0 Bologna
Frosinone are now unbeaten in five and confirmed their current form by holding out against ambitious Bologna. Amerini had two fine early chances for the home side when his efforts from the edge of the area skimmed the woodwork, while Evacuo wasted a good opportunity created by Bocchetti. The Rossoblu only came out of their shell in the second half with Marazzina drilling over, Carrus and Adailton threatening a goal. In stoppages Marazzina saw red for dissent.

Albinoleffe 2-0 Mantova
Albinoleffe got back on track with this important win over Jekyll and Hyde Mantova, who went from a 3-0 win at Brescia midweek to this disappointing performance. It took just 45 seconds for Ruopolo to break the deadlock and Cellini made the result safe with a trademark poacher’s goal. Marchetti performed a marvellous save to deny Lucenti, but when Di Cesare saw red it ended Mantova’s hopes of a comeback.

Ascoli 5-2 Cesena
Ascoli ended their crisis in emphatic fashion, but Cesena continue to struggle in this seven-goal thriller. All the action came in the second half, but it was the visitors who could have taken the lead following Pesce’s handling offence, only for Salvetti to fire the penalty off target. Ascoli came out fighting and were quickly 2-0 up through Bernacci’s brace, both set up by Guberti. Soncin converted a penalty for Ola’s handball and was later to net another individual effort, while Guberti got his glory on Bernacci’s assist. Cesena staged a late fightback with Ferretti’s spot-kick and a Sacilotto strike, but it was too late. Cortellini saw red in stoppages for a late tackle on Luci.

Bari 1-1 Messina
The points were shared at the Stadio San Nicola, but there were plenty of scoring opportunities for both teams. Donda first tested Manitta with a fierce free kick, then his cross was turned in by Lanzafame to give Bari the lead. Messina took just seven minutes to draw level when Cordova sent Biancolino clear on goal. In the second half both Biancolino and Lanzafame struck the frame of the goal.

Piacenza 1-3 Chievo
Chievo continue to climb towards the top flight, but Piacenza cannot celebrate the debut of new Coach Mario Somma. Former Piace tactician Beppe Iachini had the last laugh, although he had gone 1-0 down to a Padalino lob. Bentivoglio made the most of Luciano’s assist to equalise and the Flying Donkeys took control in the second half. Pellissier’s goal – again created by Luciano – was soon followed by a D’Anna dismissal and Marcolini’s closing penalty.

Modena 1-0 Avellino
This win was already decided after 70 seconds, although Modena made life difficult for themselves by relying on that very early Tamburini left-foot screamer into the top corner. Giampa’ and Gozzi nearly doubled their advantage, while Bruno’s goal was disallowed for a push. Avellino remained in the running and in stoppages could have equalised, but Corallo nodded over from point-blank range.

Rimini 2-3 Lecce
Lecce came away with a potentially decisive victory in the race for promotion, but were made to work until the last second by 10-man Rimini. Esposito had given the visitors the lead by nodding in a corner kick and Rimini equalised with Valiani after Ricchiuti had rattled the crossbar. Cardinale’s dismissal straight after the restart and a Schiavi header seemed to put the game firmly in the Salentini’s hands, but once again Jeda hauled them back. It was a chaotic finale with Munari thumping the woodwork and a last-gasp Tulli winner. The goalscorer also saw red for a reaction foul.

Ravenna 1-0 Treviso
Ravenna earned their first win in a month to clamber out of the danger zone. Succi rose to nod in Pivotto’s cross after 10 minutes, taking his seasonal tally to five goals. Treviso ‘keeper Calderoni needed a smart save to prevent Succi getting another on the counter-attack.

Vicenza 0-0 Spezia
Vicenza and Spezia shared the spoils in a disappointing relegation dogfight where both sides were more afraid of defeat than eager to win. Schwoch just failed to turn in Rigoni’s assist, while at the other end Colombo’s close-range header was off target. Vicenza had the best opportunity of the match with Marchesetti’s strike parried and Camorani’s goalline clearance on the Morosini follow-up.

Source: C4 Football Italia

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