Saturday, 13 December 2008

Serie B - Week 18: Weekend Review

Sassuolo 1-0 AnconaFriday 12 December
Albinoleffe 2-2 Frosinone
Albinoleffe pulled off a remarkable late comeback to draw 2-2 with Frosinone in Bergamo. Dedic put the visitors ahead with a well-taken penalty on the stroke of half-time after a rash challenge from Garlini. The away side nearly doubled their lead early in the second period when Dedic's effort was cleared off the line. But a goalkeeping error from Coser allowed an Antonazzo strike from the edge of the area to squeeze in for 2-0. Albinoleffe closed the gap as Ruopolo turned in a Laner cross to set up a grandstand finish. Frosinone wilted under the pressure and Caremi was left alone to convert a Madonna ball for 2-2.

Saturday 13 December
Ascoli 1-0 Empoli
They lost this top-to-tail clash, but Empoli maintained the leadership of Serie B on Saturday thanks to a series of shock results. It was a memorable debut for new Ascoli coach Franco Colomba, taking a surprise scalp with their first win since October 4. Belingheri got the winning goal, volleying into the top corner.

Pisa 2-1 Parma
It was a controversial encounter that saw Parma's 13-match unbeaten run come to an end. Cristiano Lucarelli had given the visitors the lead from the penalty spot for a dubious foul. The referee irritated Parma too, as he did not show Braiati the red card for a shocking challenge on Morrone and this player went on to nod in the equaliser. Less than three minutes later, Pisa took control through Joelson pouncing on a loose ball.

Triestina 1-1 Livorno
This was a head-to-head battle for promotion and allows Livorno to go joint second. Diamanti had put the visitors ahead with another of his trademark left-foot curlers and Bergvold almost made it 2-0 when he fired at the goalkeeper. Triestina rode that storm and equalised as Milani's shot came off the post and into the path of Minelli. Diamanti hit the woodwork in the second half, while Agazzi performed crucial saves on Tavano and Loviso.

Grosseto 1-3 Rimini
Grosseto continue to tumble down the standings after a good start to the season, as they have managed one win in five. Carparelli opened the scoring for Rimini, then Vantaggiato got a brace to send him to the top of the Capocannoniere charts with 10 goals around Docente's strike for the home side. Consonni did not help matters with his red card 20 minutes from time.

Cittadella 2-0 Brescia
Brescia were stunned by little Cittadella and wasted the opportunity to catch the top spot. Meggiorini netted his sixth of the campaign early on and Carteri sealed it with a spectacular slalom through the static Rondinelle back line.

Bari 1-0 Piacenza
Bari are the only one of the top sides who won this weekend, ending a three-match winless streak. Kamata made the most of Barreto's assist and plummeted Piacenza further down the standings. The Papaveri have not won in over a month.

Vicenza 1-1 Treviso
The local derby was played under torrential rain, but they still managed to bag a goal each. Sgrigna opened the scoring, but Bonucci's diving header redirected a free kick to equalise for Treviso. It must go down as a wasted opportunity for Vicenza, who fail to make the most of the giant-killing spree at the top of the table.

Mantova 2-2 Modena
Mantova had such a strong start with Coach Billy Costacurta, but they threw away a 2-0 lead against relegation strugglers Modena. Locatelli set up Tarana and Rizzi doubled the advantage five minutes later, but it all fell apart. Bruno was the star of the show, converting a penalty and finding the equaliser, while he could well have had a hat-trick late on.

Avellino 1-1 Salernitana
The local derby and relegation dogfight ended with a stalemate on Bortolo Mutti's Salernitana debut. It all happened in the space of 60 seconds, as Soligo's opener was immediately cancelled out by Koman. Turienzo thought he had given Salernitana the victory, but his goal was disallowed for a very tight offside decision.

Monday 15 December
Sassuolo 1-0 Ancona
Little Sassuolo climb to the top of the Serie B table after a 1-0 win over Ancona at the Stadio Enzo Ricci. Noselli spurned three great opportunities for the hosts in the first period. Zampagna struck the post with a spectacular acrobatic volley from a free-kick on the stroke of half-time. But the ex-Atalanta man scored the decisive goal, taking his tally to seven for the season, when he tucked in a Consolini cross at the back post, albeit with more than a suspicion of offside.

Source: C4 Football Italia

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