Saturday, 8 March 2008

Serie B Week 29: Review

Saturday 8 March
Albinoleffe 1-0 Messina
A last-gasp winner proved decisive at the Stadio Azzurri d’Italia to send Albinoleffe to the top of the Serie B table. The Bergamo boys had wasted several chances to get the points before Bonazzi’s free kick found Peluso to bundle the ball over the line.

Lecce 0-0 Bologna
The big game of this weekend saw the two potential Serie B winners neutralise each other. Lecce had also held Chievo to a stalemate and slide four points adrift of current leaders Albinoleffe. Zanchetta had the best chance to get all three points when his free kick thumped the woodwork.

Rimini 0-0 Chievo
There were no goals in this clash of the promotion candidates, but there were two dismissals and plenty of chances. Regonesi risked scoring an own goal early on and some desperate goalkeeping stopped Paraschiv. Pellissier fired wide with only Consigli to beat, but it was at this point that Rimini were reduced to 10 men with Cristiano’s second bookable offence. The home side felt Chievo should also have received a red card for Squizzi’s handling offence outside the box, but there were no goals and Peccarisi was dismissed for dissent late on.

Brescia 3-0 Cesena
Brescia leapfrog Pisa in the standings with this comfortable triumph over bottom of the table Cesena. Lima, Dallamano and Possanzini got the job done in under 20 minutes, even though stars Caracciolo and De Zerbi were absent.

Ascoli 1-0 Pisa
Ascoli left it very late to defeat high-flying Pisa in this surprise result, but they fully deserved their victory. Guberti had hit the post and goalkeeper Morello was kept busy in the Pisa goal before Soncin snatched the winner. The visitors ended the game with nine men as Feussi and Gabionetta saw red.

Modena 2-2 Mantova
There was certainly plenty of incident at the Stadio Braglia, but neither could get the full points. Bruno continued his fine campaign and Godeas went to the top of the Capocannoniere charts to reply. Doga’s penalty turned it all around in Mantova’s favour, but Tamburini grabbed a stoppage-time equaliser.

Frosinone 2-1 Ravenna
Frosinone continued their climb with a fourth win in six games. Lodi was again inspirational with a free kick setting up Cannarsa and then curling in one of his own before Iuliano’s consolation goal for sorry Ravenna. The visitors are without a victory since October 27.

Grosseto 2-2 Bari
Bari earn a solid point to celebrate Coach Antonio Conte’s contract extension this week. Grosseto had twice taken the lead through Lazzari and Danilevicius, but Bonanni got Bari back into it and Cavalli was on hand to turn in after Donda’s penalty came off the crossbar. It’s a bad time for the Tuscans, who have picked up just one win in 10.

Triestina 5-1 Vicenza
Granoche bagged a spectacular hat-trick to end his six-match scoring drought and hand Triestina their first victory since January 26. Bernardini had given Vicenza the lead, but it was all downhill from there on. Della Rocca and Testini interrupted the run of Granoche goals.

Piacenza 1-0 Avellino
Piacenza have the least effective attack force in Serie B, but they did just about enough to get the victory. Abate got the winner after 22 minutes against an Avellino side in freefall.

Treviso 1-1 Spezia
Spezia were cursing their luck after hitting the woodwork with Romondini, as Barreto gave Treviso a barely-deserved lead out of nowhere. Millesi managed to rescue a point in the final minute.

Source: C4 Football Italia

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