Saturday, 13 September 2008

Serie B - Week 3: Weekend Review

Salernitana 3-2 FrosinoneFriday 12 September
Piacenza 1-1 Livorno
Francesco Tavano continued his lethal form for Livorno, but the Tuscans could only manage a 1-1 draw on their trip to Piacenza. The visitors had the better of procedings and went ahead just after the half-hour mark when Tavano hit his fourth goal of the campaign with a right foot blast that caught Cassano off his line. The ex-Empoli man celebrated by folding his arms and standing back-to-back with Volpe. Danilevicius could've made it two for Livorno when he rounded the 'keeper but Rickler intervened after he took too many touches. After the break, the Papaveri fought back through Graffiedi and held on for a point after Cassano made a super stop from Volpe.

Saturday 13 September
Parma 4-1 Ancona
Parma made the most of their firepower to get the first victory under their belts. Although Mastronunzio quickly answered former Milan prodigy Paloschi's opener despite initially hitting the post, Cristiano Lucarelli struck twice with a diving header and a second half penalty for Rincon's foul on Leon to put the points under lock and key. Matteini put the final nail in Ancona's coffin late on.

Sassuolo 4-0 Grosseto
Sassuolo earned their first ever Serie B victory in some style, bringing down Serie B leaders Grosseto, who until now had a 100 per cent record. Noselli opened the scoring before goalkeeper Acerbis brought down Salvetti for a red card and penalty. It was all downhill from there, as Zampagna and Andreolli rounded out the scoreline.

Bari 1-1 Brescia
Bari had most of the possession, but had to wait until stoppages to snatch a point against promotion hopefuls Brescia. Bonomi's handling offence gave the Rondinelle the advantage just before half-time, as Caracciolo coolly converted the penalty. The win seemed to be in the bag, but deep into stoppages the referee pointed to the spot again for Cavalli's controversial equaliser.

Pisa 1-0 Modena
Pisa got off to a dismal start to this season, but stuttered towards this much-needed victory. Bruno scored a hat-trick for Modena last week, but wasted a good chance when clear on goal after 10 minutes, while at the other end Greco's effort was parried at point-blank range. With 17 minutes left on the clock, Joelson was brought down for Greco to convert a penalty.

Empoli 0-0 Albinoleffe
Albinoleffe kept another clean sheet away to the more experienced Tuscans. Empoli's strike force failed to make an impact on the well-drilled Bergamo defence, so the home side strung together its third draw in as many rounds.

Treviso 1-0 Rimini
Rimini goalkeeper Agliardi was left red-faced when he fumbled Quadrini's hopeful snapshot and handed victory to Treviso. The home side held on to their lead even after D'Aversa's late sending off.

Avellino 0-0 Cittadella
It ended goalless at the Stadio Partenio in a less than evenftul encounter. Avellino had the best chances, but Cittadella goalkeeper Zotti and the referee - who disallowed De Zerbi's goal for a push - denied them.

Mantova A-A Vicenza
The match was abandoned due to a waterlogged pitch after just five minutes with the score at 0-0. It has been rescheduled by the Lega Calcio for Wednesday 8 October, where the remaining 85 minutes was played out. [Match Review]

Monday 15 September
Salernitana 3-2 Frosinone
This game was postponed from Saturday because of the discovery of an unexploded WWII bomb and the fixture exploded to life on Monday evening. Newly promoted Salerntana prevailed to go top of the table but the visitors went ahead through Eder's masterpiece and dominated the first half hour. Tricario came on as a substitute and the Granata rattled the woodwork twice before Tricario levelled. Di Napoli scored a superb goal for 2-1 before goalkeeper Sicignano walked when he pulled down Scarpa and Fava converted the penalty but Salernitana didn't make life easy for themselves. Peccarisi was needlessly sent off for kicking out at an opponent and Eder made it a nervy final few minutes when he slotted home a dubious penalty for a challenge by Kyriazis.

Ascoli 1-1 Triestina
It was honours even between Ascoli and Triestina on a stormy night at the Stadio Del Duca. The Woodpeckers took the lead slightly fortuitously when Cioffi's effort crept past a wrong-footed Agazzi. But Triestina struck back when ex-Ascoli man Antonelli surprised Taibi with a long-range effort. Agazzi denied Bucchi twice before half-time but the conditions ruined the second period with Antonelli's disallowed goal for offside the most exciting incident.

Source: C4 Football Italia

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