Saturday, 5 April 2008

Serie B Week 34: Review

Saturday 5 April
Messina 2-3 Chievo
Chievo clung to the top spot thanks to this thrilling comeback in Sicily. Pellissier had opened the scoring, though goals from Foti and Schetter either side of the break gave Messina the upper hand. A defeat would lose the leadership, so Iunco smacked in a fierce strike to make it 2-2 and Ciaramitaro secured victory 16 minutes from time. It’s a third loss on the trot for sorry Messina.

Bologna 4-1 Modena
Bologna maintained their promotion run with this local derby victory. Marazzina nodded in a Valiani corner kick for his 20th goal of the season, though former Roma starlet Okaka pounced on a defensive error to equalise. Valiani went from provider to scorer with a right-foot drive from the edge of the box before Bucchi tapped in. Modena’s attempts of a comeback were hit hard when Gatti saw red, so Bombardini rounded out the scoreline on another Valiani assist.

Triestina 2-4 Albinoleffe
Albinoleffe revived their promotion hopes with an important away victory. Carobbio broke through with a fierce left-foot drive and Granoche temporarily equalised from the spot. However, Ruopolo and another penalty for Colacone ensured the visitors took home all three points. The action continued into stoppages with Granoche and Bonazzi.

Lecce 3-0 Cesena
Lecce disposed of strugglers Cesena without too much difficulty. Corvia was the hero of the day at the Stadio Via del Mare, breaking through almost immediately when Tiribocchi’s strike was palmed into his direction and then sprung the offside trap to waltz round the goalkeeper. Valdes completed the rout from the penalty spot following Biasi’s foul on Tiribocchi.

Brescia 0-0 Bari
Goals are becoming a real problem for Brescia, who have netted just twice in the last five rounds. They were unable to break down the Bari brick wall and the best chance fell to Lima, bringing a great save out of Gillet.

Pisa 1-1 Vicenza
It’s all going wrong for Pisa, who have managed just three draws in their last four games. Cudini gave Vicenza a shock lead just nine minutes in and it took until the second half to see their response from D’Anna. This result sends Pisa down to sixth place, but Vicenza clamber four points clear of the drop zone.

Rimini 1-1 Mantova
10-man Mantova fought back to snatch a point at the Stadio Neri, as Rimini have now given up on a play-off place. Greco converted a penalty and Zugno saw red, so the result seemed safe, but Capocannoniere Godeas netted in the final minutes to keep his team in it.

Piacenza 1-2 Frosinone
Piacenza have made a name for themselves as giant-killers this season, but were on the receiving end of a shock result. Rantier thought it was business as usual, but Eder bagged a late brace within six minutes to stun the Biancorossi and give Frosinone their first away win in two months.

Avellino 0-3 Grosseto
Grosseto caused an upset at the Partenio, ending the revival under Avellino’s new Coach Alessandro Calori. Danilevicius, Garofalo and Graffiedi made short work of the southerners in this relegation battle. Avellino had been unbeaten in four games.

Spezia 2-0 Ravenna
Spezia keep their survival hopes alive with this crucial six-pointer, as Ravenna remain locked to the foot of the table. Eliakwu gave his side the lead, although it took a Guidetti strike four minutes from time to make the win safe. Spezia are now just three points adrift of Avellino and, had they not received a one-point penalty for handing in their financial details late, would have been even closer.

Treviso 2-1 Ascoli
This victory is a breath of fresh air for Treviso, who are hovering on the edge of the drop zone, but Ascoli paid the price for Taibi’s mistake. Venitucci and Job had put the two teams level going into the break, but on 55 minutes Taibi brought down an opponent for Barreto’s penalty and saw red for the offence.

Source: C4 Football Italia

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