Saturday, 19 April 2008

Serie B Week 36: Review

Saturday 19 April
Chievo 3-0 Brescia
Chievo are flying back into Serie A at this rate, as the weekend’s results all went in their favour. It was certainly a blistering start against fellow promotion hopefuls Brescia, as Cesar turned in a corner just four minutes in, Pellissier pounced on a Zoboli error for his 19th goal of the season and Italiano sealed the rout late on from distance.

Bologna 1-1 Bari
Bologna’s hopes of catching Chievo at the top of the table crumbled despite a helping hand from Bari. Both sides hit the woodwork in the first half with Marazzina and Bonanni before Galasso accidentally deflected Marazzina’s effort into his own net. The lead lasted only 12 minutes, as Lanzafame continued his impressive campaign with the equaliser.

Lecce 1-1 Pisa
Lecce managed to earn a late equaliser, but it’s still a result that leaves them further away from the leaders. Kutuzov had revived Pisa, who have been stuttering badly of late, by meeting Cerci’s cross from the right and the pressure continued on the home side for at least 20 minutes. They held out and, when Pisa ran out of steam, hit back through Tiribocchi turning in Diamoutene’s assist. The Salentini could have won it in stoppages, as Zanchetta’s free kick cracked against the crossbar.

Treviso 0-1 Albinoleffe
Albinoleffe have stuttered in their play-off form recently, but got back on track in Treviso. Carobbio fired a warning shot when he hit the woodwork in the first half and Madonna got the winning goal on the hour mark.

Frosinone 2-1 Mantova
Mid-table safety was already in hand for both these sides, but despite the defeat Mantova can look forward to Godeas’ Capocannoniere crown. Salvatore Bocchetti opened the scoring and Godeas added to his tally from the spot, but a trademark Lodi left-foot rocket gave Frosinone the points 12 minutes from time.

Rimini 3-4 Ravenna
The Derby della Riviera was an absolutely spectacular match with one of the comebacks of the season. Trotta had given Ravenna a surprise lead, though after the break Rimini kicked into gear with Ricchiuti’s double and Vantaggiato. The turning point came when Paraschiv was sent off and Rossetti started the incredible battle from 3-1 down to 4-3 winners in the space of five minutes! Sforzini and Aloe sent Rimini to the floor with a series of sucker punches.

Avellino 1-2 Messina
Avellino fall to their third consecutive defeat and with this stoppage-time result Messina are almost mathematically safe from the threat of relegation. Parisi converted a penalty and former Bologna striker Cipriani scored his first goal in an Avellino jersey, but in the final seconds Cordova’s screamer put the Sicilians in front.

Spezia 1-0 Cesena
This relegation dogfight certainly was tense, as it ended up with four red cards! Ola was the first to see red for the visitors after he threw a plastic water bottle at Camorani, although he was already on the bench due to an injury, then Lauro followed his teammate just moments before Guidetti’s goal for Spezia. He let the emotion of the moment get to him and was also sent off before Cardone’s dismissal left Cesena with nine men.

Ascoli 3-5 Grosseto
Grosseto are closer than ever to mathematic safety from the drop after this shock eight-goal victory at the Stadio Del Duca. It was clear from the start they meant business, as they were 3-0 up in the opening 19 minutes through Lazzari’s brace and a Danilevicius strike. Although Bernacci and Sommese got Ascoli back into it, Danilevicius scored a second time in first half stoppages. The final 11 minutes left it all to play for following Soncin’s penalty and got the home crowd on their feet for a thrilling encounter, but it left spaces at the back and Graffiedi put the result beyond doubt on the counter.

Piacenza 1-1 Vicenza
Piace left it right to the death to avoid an embarrassing home defeat. Zampagna had given Vicenza the lead and the result seemed to be secure, but deep into stoppages Guzman grabbed a precious goal.

Triestina 3-1 Modena
Granoche closes in on Godeas at the top of the scorers’ charts with this brace, taking him up to 23 goals. The victory – completed by Kyriazis after Fantini’s opener for Modena – also allows Triestina to leapfrog Bari and Ascoli into 10th place.

Source: C4 Football Italia

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