Saturday, 10 November 2007

Serie B Week 14: Review

Saturday 10 November
Brescia 1-2 Albinoleffe
Albinoleffe are not just a flash in the pan, as they conquered the Stadio Rigamonti in this head-to-head leadership battle and further extended their advantage. Brescia had the better of the first half with a Stankevicius header over and Del Prato’s goalline clearance on Zoboli, but straight after the restart ‘Leffe wasted a spot-kick. Santacroce saw red for his foul and Viviano saved Cellini’s penalty. Cellini made up for it moments later by meeting a corner kick, but Tacchinardi equalised from distance. It seemed to be heading towards a draw, but in the final minutes Ruopolo snatched the away victory with his fifth goal of the season. Serse Cosmi’s men poured forward, but were unable to turn it around.

Messina 1-2 Pisa
Pisa are unstoppable at the moment and have now won seven of their eight away games. It was Messina who thought they would be challenging for promotion this season, but a third straight defeat leaves them struggling mid-table. Castillo broke the deadlock with a fine solo effort, skipping past Parisi down the right to smash a left-foot shot past Manitta. Under-21 international Cerci made it 2-0 thanks to his left-foot thunderbolt and a late Parisi free kick was too late to be anything other than a consolation for the Sicilians.

Bologna 4-0 Chievo
This was a show of force from the Rossoblu in an early promotion play-off at the Stadio Dall’Ara, as Chievo were well and truly crushed. It was former Flying Donkey Marazzina who took centre stage with a brace in six minutes, getting in front of his markers to nod in Adailton’s corner kick and then leaving Squizzi stranded with a lob. On the stroke of half-time defender Daino also took advantage of some Chievo problems from set-pieces, nodding in another Adailton corner. The visitors were in the game, but Antonioli’s series of saves denied Pellissier and Luciano. Mantovani was shown a straight red card for a professional foul on Daino and moments later substitute Di Gennaro blasted into the top corner with his left foot.

Lecce 2-0 Modena
Lecce struggled to get the better of nine-man Modena, only truly securing the points in stoppages. Abbruscato got them off to a strong start and when Gozzi and Frey both saw red in the first half, a rout was expected. However, Tiribocchi was cut short by the upright and Bruno risked snatching an equaliser by forcing a save out of Rosati. Vives sealed the 2-0 scoreline in the final moments, but despite the victory the home fans were in no mood to celebrate.

Rimini 4-1 Cesena
Rimini sent Cesena hurtling to the foot of the table with this crushing result. Peccarisi had already shaken the crossbar after 10 minutes and Biasi may have got the final touch to Lunardini’s effort for an own goal. Moscardelli earned and converted a penalty against his former club, but it only lasted three minutes until Jeda restored the advantage with an angled drive. Ricchiuti and a Jeda header completed the rout.

Ascoli 2-0 Frosinone
Ascoli put together a third home win on the trot and catch Frosinone in the Serie B table. There was only ever one team in it, as Job unleashed a right-foot screamer and on the hour mark Bernacci pounced on a goalkeeping error.

Treviso 2-2 Mantova
Fiore snatched an important equaliser and it is Treviso’s first draw of the campaign. It was an entertaining encounter, as Godeas had opened the scoring against his former club to meet Balestri’s cross when the home defence was busy arguing with the referee. Just four minutes later, Mantova were trailing 2-1, as Beghetto’s left-foot daisy-cutter was quickly followed by Bonucci redirecting Guigou’s free kick. Fiore struck after the restart by getting in front of Bonucci to turn in Tarana’s pass.

Piacenza 2-0 Ravenna
Piacenza are now unbeaten in three, although it took a late flurry of goals to get all the points off Ravenna. Simon had a strike disallowed in the frst half for an offside flag and Sciaccaluga’s goalline clearance denied Miglionico. The match was decided in the final 15 minutes with two headers, Kharja getting on the end of a corner kick and Aspas redirecting a Bianchi cross.

Triestina 4-0 Grosseto
Triestina finally end their six-match winless streak and Grosseto’s unbeaten run of seven rounds, but a red card made the difference in this game. Sgrigna was the hero for the home side, as within four minutes he earned a penalty converted by Granoche, then Valeri’s dismissal left Grosseto with a mountain to climb. Sgrigna continued to shine as he bagged a brace with a header and a fierce left-foot strike into the top corner. Mignani scored an own goal in favour of his former club to finish off the rout.

Spezia 1-1 Bari
The points were shared in this relegation dogfight. Bari impressed with Rajcic and took the lead before the break with Santoruvo’s tap-in. Tabbiani should have put the win beyond doubt only to blast off target in front of an open goal and was made to pay for that error, as Do Prado’s fantastic free kick from 30 metres rocketed into the top corner.

Avellino 3-0 Vicenza
Avellino put in probably their best performance of the season so far in a relegation dogfight with 10-man Vicenza, who inevitably suffered after Masiello’s dismissal for an elbow on Porcari just 32 minutes in. Pellicori ran on to Sestu’s through ball for the opener and the upright denied both Paonessa’s free kick and a Sestu solo effort. Zancope’ missed another Sestu cross, giving Salgado an open goal to nod into. Pellicori completed his brace by pouncing on another defensive error from the inspirational Sestu’s assist.

Source: C4 Football Italia

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