Saturday, 29 November 2008

Serie B - Week 16: Weekend Review

Vicenza 5-0 GrossetoFriday 28 November
Salernitana 1-2 Parma
Parma compounded Salernitana’s crisis with victory at the Arechi and stretched their unbeaten run to 12 games. Reginaldo wasted a couple of chances before setting up Cristiano Lucarelli’s tap-in for the ex-Livorno man’s eighth of the campaign. The lead lasted all of 60 seconds before Di Napoli took his tally to seven by meeting Scarpa’s cross. Heavy rainfall in Salerno made play difficult, but Leon snatched victory with a free kick into the far top corner. Scarpa thought he’d made it 2-2, but was flagged offside for his header.

Saturday 29 November
Vicenza 5-0 Grosseto
Leaders Grosseto suffered an incredible humiliation at the Stadio Menti and are caught at the top by Sassuolo and Empoli. They had been in fine form going into this game, but were 3-0 down in the opening half-hour. Sgrigna's pace down the left flank was a constant thorn in their side and he played a hand in every goal, scoring the first after defenders failed to clear Botta's header. He set up Bjelanovic's tap-in, then sparked a move that was finalised by Raimondi from close range. Grosseto were stunned and Acerbis comically let a Bernardini snapshot squirm through his grasp. Bjelanovic's header put the icing on the cake after the restart.

Empoli 3-2 Piacenza
Empoli are back on top of the Serie B table thanks to slip-ups from Grosseto and Sassuolo. It didn't start well for them, as Aspas put Piacenza ahead, but Corvia nodded in a Lodi free kick to equalise. Lodi completed the comeback himself with a trademark set-piece under the bar and then his corner was accidentally turned in by Rickler. Bianchi gave the Tuscans a scare late on when he made it 3-2, but the scoreline did not change further.

Ascoli 1-1 Sassuolo
Sassuolo had the chance to go top on their own, but this point is enough to catch Grosseto and Empoli. It was a top-versus-bottom battle, but one that surprised many onlookers, as Ascoli took control with Di Donato's goal slipping past Bressan's ineffective grasp. The visitors had to thank a dubious Cioffi shirt tug on Rea for Salvetti's equaliser from the penalty spot.

Bari 1-2 Albinoleffe
Bari's splendid run of results ground to a halt and so has their time at the top of the table. Albinoleffe did all the work in the space of 60 seconds, as Gervasoni rose to meet a corner and moments later Renzetti turned in Ruopolo's assist. Caputo got one back, but Bari could not get on level terms in the remaining hour of the match.

Mantova 0-2 Brescia
Mantova suffered their second consecutive defeat in the local derby and there were no doubts over the man of the match. Although Baronio hit the crossbar with a free kick early on, Caracciolo took the spotlight with a right-foot screamer into the top corner, then took advantage of Fissore and Handanovic's lack of communication. The win pushes Brescia into the top four and back in the play-off race.

Modena 0-0 Livorno
Livorno lose ground on the leaders with this setback at the bottom of the table club. The rain-soaked pitch made it difficult to play and there were few real chances. The Amaranto are now the side with the most stalemates of any other Serie B outfit, having shared the spoils 10 times.

Pisa 3-1 Frosinone
Pisa propel themselves out of their crisis after fans protested at their failure to win in over a month. Joelson's opener was cancelled out by Tavares tapping in from close range, but deep into first half stoppages Degano hit a blockbuster under the bar from outside the box. Greco made the points safe late on as Pisa leapfrog past Frosinone in the standings.

Avellino 0-2 Rimini
Rimini caused an upset in this relegation dogfight and bagged two goals in the space of five minutes. Ricchiuti was man of the match, as his long ball found Docente for a right-foot finish, then he completed the rout by taking advantage of Gragnaniello's hasty rush off the line to place a lob into the empty net. The surprise result ends Avellino's eight-match unbeaten run.

Cittadella 0-0 Ancona
Cittadella made history, playing for the first time in Serie B at the Tombolato stadium, which has been under restructuring work. They were unable to get the victory to mark the occasion, as the crossbar denied Tedoldi and then the referee awarded a penalty for Rincon's handling offence only to change it into a free kick on the edge of the box.

Monday 1 December
Triestina 0-0 Treviso
Struggling Treviso earned a battling point against a disappointing Triestina in Monday night's Serie B encounter. Della Rocca came close early on with a header but Treviso replied as D'Aversa's shot tipped wide by Agazzi. Cottafava's header for Triestina was cleared off the line by Gissi. Before the break there was controversy as the referee awarded Foti a penalty for a trip by Minelli, but the linesman raised his flag and the decision was reversed. The hosts pushed towards the end, but Treviso nearly stole the points six minutes into stoppage time as Agazzi had to be alert to stop Smit.

Source: C4 Football Italia

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