Wednesday, 4 June 2008

Serie B Play-offs: First Leg Review

Brescia have the advantage in their Serie B play-off semi-final against Albinoleffe after a controversial 1-0 win over the 10-man visitors.

Stadio Rigamonti, Brescia
The Rondinelle deserved the victory, but they benefited from the highly controversial dismissal of Leffe’s star striker Massimo Cellini at the Stadio Rigamonti.

The Bergamo-based visitors arrived still reeling from the resignation of Coach Elio Gustinetti and a period of poor form.

And Brescia, who were cheered on by a large Lombardy crowd, took the early initiative and dominated proceedings.

But the crucial moment came in the 38th minute when Albinoleffe were cruelly reduced to 10 men.

Emiliano Viviano made a superb save to deny Azzurri hitman Francesco Ruopolo only for the ball to fall to Marco Gori who found Cellini in the box.

Just as the 23-goal striker was about to fire home, he was felled by Brescia’s Lithuanian international Marius Stankevicius, but the referee interpreted it as a dive and showed Cellini a second yellow card instead of pointing to the spot.

Leffe were stunned and within minutes Brescia were ahead when Andrea Caracciolo met a pinpoint Marco Zambelli cross.

It could’ve been worse for Albinoleffe as Serse Cosmi’s men poured forward smelling blood.

Alessio Tacchinardi had a goal ruled out and efforts from Riccardo Taddei and Victor Mareco were rebuffed by the ‘keeper.

But Brescia have a lead to take to the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia while Leffe have to find a replacement for Cellini, who is suspended for Sunday’s second leg.

Source: C4 Football Italia

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