Saturday, 23 February 2008

Serie B Week 27: Review

Saturday 23 February
Brescia 2-0 Bologna
Brescia’s victory puts them back into the promotion race and knocks Bologna off the top spot. This could well be a turning point in the campaign and January signing Caracciolo broke through within the opening three minutes on Zambrella’s assist. The Rossoblu failed to really trouble the opposition defence and Possanzini took advantage of an error to double the advantage.

Avellino 1-1 Chievo
Chievo are the lone Serie B leaders despite only earning a point at struggling Avellino. Ciaramitaro had given the Flying Donkeys lift-off with a very large helping hand from goalkeeper Gragnaniello’s howler, though straight after the restart Salgado secured a stalemate and the home side had a winner disallowed for a tight offside decision.

Lecce 3-1 Piacenza
Lecce maintained the pressure on the leaders, but had an early scare when Serafini gave Piacenza the lead just three minutes in by meeting a set-piece. Abbruscato put them into the break on level terms, but it wasn’t until the closing stages than the Salentini finally managed to get the victory with Diamoutene and Tiribocchi. Patrascu saw red for Piace in stoppages.

Cesena 0-3 Albinoleffe
Albinoleffe demolished sorry Cesena to keep themselves in joint third place. Cellini was the star of the show, scoring twice in the space of five minutes – including a penalty – and substitute Ferrari made the points safe in the second half.

Triestina 0-1 Pisa
Pisa did just about enough to stay in sixth place and clung on to Ciotola’s cracking curler only four minutes into the match. Both sides ended the game with 10 men on the field with Genevier and Princivalli seeing red, but it's Pisa's 10th away victory of the season.

Modena 0-2 Rimini
Rimini notched up a fifth straight victory in this local derby. Ricchiuti and Paraschiv proved decisive at the Stadio Braglia to sink the Canarini and put Rimini in seventh place.

Mantova 1-1 Bari
Bari continue their revival under Coach Antonio Conte with this creditable draw away to play-off contenders Mantova. Lanzafame had put the visitors into the lead at the Martelli, but eight minutes later Godeas grabbed his 18th goal of the season to become joint Capocannoniere.

Treviso 6-2 Messina
There were no doubts over who was Man of the Match after Barreto thumped four personal goals past Messina in a shock result. Treviso were hovering above the drop zone before defeating the top nine outfit. Venitucci started the rout along with Barreto, though Cordova fought back with two goals to go level on 2-2 at the break. Barreto went wild in the second half, hitting a further three in this eight-goal thriller.

Frosinone 4-2 Spezia
Frosinone flattened Spezia with four goals in the opening 22 minutes, though the visitors did attempt a late comeback. Amerini, Eder and a Lodi brace – taking his tally for the season to 14 goals – left Spezia stunned. To give them credit, the Tuscans didn’t give in and with Bianchi and Eliakwu’s late strike made the scoreline a little less humiliating.

Ascoli 1-0 Vicenza
A late Guberti goal proved enough for Ascoli to squeeze past relegation battlers Vicenza at the Stadio Del Duca. It’s a result that takes them up to 10th place, though the Biancorossi remain out of the bottom three.

Grosseto 2-2 Ravenna
This battle of the newly promoted sides ended in a stalemate that nonetheless keeps Ravenna rooted to the foot of the table. Succi had given the visitors the surprise lead, but penalties converted by Pichlmann and Consonni turned the game around. Their top scorer Succi was not to be out-done and 10 minutes from time grabbed a point.

Source: C4 Football Italia

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