Saturday, 27 September 2008

Serie B - Week 6: Weekend Review

Rimini 1-2 SassuoloSaturday 27 September
Rimini 1-2 Sassuolo
Super Sassuolo go clear at the top of the table and continue to amaze by winning the local derby against a Rimini side in crisis. Noselli was the star of the show, bagging a brace in the second half. Despite Milone's dismissal for a second bookable offence, Rimini managed to make the scoreline a little less embarrassing through Cipriani.

Cittadella 0-2 Empoli
Empoli climb to second place with this victory away to struggling Cittadella. The minnows had the chance to take the lead, but De Gasperi's penalty was parried by Bassi. Lodi did not fail and 10 minutes later Busce thumped his angled drive into the bottom corner.

Triestina 1-0 Mantova
Triestina discovered a new starlet to sink high-flying Mantova, as 20-year-old Cia' came off the bench to secure victory and take the club joint second in the table.

Salernitana 1-1 Pisa
Salernitana wasted no time getting into this game, as within the opening three minutes veteran Di Napoli had opened the scoring. There were a series of injuries, including one for former Juventus star Birindelli, but Job managed to draw Pisa level. It's a precious point for the Tuscans, who have been in awful form recently, and they held on as Di Napoli repeatedly tested their defence.

Livorno 0-0 Grosseto
The Tuscan derby ended in a stalemate at the Stadio Picchi, a result that considering current form Livorno can be content with. Cordova's free kick tested De Lucia early on and the home side wanted a red card when they claimed Acerbis had handled outside the box. After the break Sforzini wasted a good chance after Livorno's defensive error and Diamanti repeatedly skimmed the frame of the goal. The best opportunity fell to Pulzetti on 72 minutes, as he went clear on Tavano's through ball and brought a great save out of Acerbis. However, Antonio Filippini saw red in the final stages.

Albinoleffe 0-0 Piacenza
Former leaders Albinoleffe slip off the top spot following this disappointing encounter with Piacenza. There were few real scoring opportunities other than a late free kick for the home side. Gervasoni saw red late on and Eramo had the chance to seal it on the counter.

Ascoli 0-1 Bari
Antonio Conte's Bari earned a surprise victory at the Stadio Del Duca. The visitors had an aggressive start with Bonomi and Barreto going close, but as Ascoli pushed forward with Guberti, they lost the ball and allowed Colombo to score on the counter-attack. The home side should've equalised straight after the restart, but Bucchi and Guberti failed to make the most of Aloe's teasing cross. Bari goalkeeper Gillet denied a Bucchi free kick and Soncin close-range strike.

Vicenza 3-0 Avellino
Avellino's season goes from bad to worse and this could be a decisive defeat against another side fighting relegation. Volta's header began this rout, followed by a Bjelanovic left-foot strike and Capone finish to secure victory for Vicenza before half-time.

Modena 1-1 Treviso
Modena earn their first point just a day after the club announced it was bought up by a British financial firm. Pinardi converted a penalty and Scaglia equalised soon after, but despite having the best chances, Treviso were unable to break through again.

Monday 29 September
Frosinone 1-0 Ancona
Brazilian striker Eder is making a name for himself and he decided this game in Frosinone's favour from the penalty spot. Ancona's Azzurrini goalkeeper Sirigu pulled off a magnificent stop to deny Eder halfway through the first period but he could do nothing about his spot-kick after Dedic was awarded a debatable penalty on the stroke of half-time.

Brescia 0-0 Parma
The battle of two of Serie B's biggest sides ended in a disappointing stalemate at the Stadio Rigamonti - a result that suits neither side. The two expectant giants have struggled in the early stages of the season and Brescia's new boss Nedo Sonetti was hoping for a winning start but neither team could muster a decent shot on target.

Source: C4 Football Italia

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