Sunday, 6 September 2009

Serie B - Week 3: Weekend Review

Lecce 1-3 FrosinoneSunday 6 September
Lecce 1-3 Frosinone
There's no stopping Frosinone at the moment, as Francesco Moriero's men caused a huge upset by beating promotion favourites Lecce to preserve their 100 per cent record. It started well for the Giallorossi when Allan Pierre Baclet pounced on a Vincenzo Sicignano error 90 seconds into the match. Calil Prosperi Caetano drew the visitors level, but as Lecce hit the woodwork and had a goal ruled offside, Frosinone took the lead through Gennaro Troianiello's solo run. Caetano completed his brace from distance and in the second half the hosts were again frustrated by the frame of the goal.

Brescia 1-0 Torino
Francesco Flachi's lone strike allowed Brescia to defeat Torino, leaving Frosinone alone on top of the table. The big match of Week 3 saw Toro try to maintain their perfect record against the still unbeaten Rondinelle. David Di Michele nearly got his third goal of the season five minutes in when his left-foot strike rattled the crossbar. Brescia broke the deadlock when Davide Possanzini's shot was parried into the path of Flachi for a real poacher's goal. Possanzini could have had a second soon after, but was halted for an incorrect offside position, then denied by a goalline clearance. Brescia continued to dominate in the second half with Ahmed Barusso's free kick stinging Matteo Sereni's palms, but after an hour Torino began to pour forward. Aimo Stefano Diana tested Michele Arcari and the game turned nasty, as Luca Belingheri was sent off for hacking down Gilberto Martinez. Rolando Bianchi nearly drew the 10-man visitors level, but Arcari performed another decisive save.

Empoli 3-1 Crotone
Empoli left it late to finally get the better of little Crotone. Having previously been denied by the goalkeeper and the frame of the goal, Luca Saudati nodded in the opener, but it was cancelled out by new signing Aniello Cutolo. In the final minutes Angelo Antonazzo and Claudio Coralli's secured the hard-won points.

Albinoleffe 1-3 Ancona
Ancona upset the odds with a victory in Bergamo thanks to Salvatore Mastronunzio's double and some dismal defending from the home side. He opened the scoring by converting a penalty, awarded following Dario Bergamelli's fresh-air clearance, then Roberto Colacone's effort was only parried into his path. Marco Cellini thought he had put Albinoleffe back in the running, but moments later Colacone put the final nail in the coffin on a Matias Miramontes assist.

Ascoli 2-1 Mantova
Ascoli opened up the Week 3 fixtures with an unusual early lunchtime kick-off, turning the ill-tempered game around completely in stoppage time. The Ducali are still unbeaten this season, but went behind to Gaetano Caridi's penalty for Mantova. They fought back with Christian Amoroso's right-foot blast from outside the box, then former Fiorentina youngster Arturo Lupoli was in the right place for a poacher's goal. It was a very tense occasion, as Marco Esposito picked up a second yellow card, then Marco Bernacci and Riccardo Fissore both saw red for a scuffle.

Grosseto 2-2 Gallipoli
Grosseto continue to struggle, but fought back to scrape a draw. Inacio Joelson had given them the advantage from the penalty spot following Christian Sosa's foul, but they failed to hold on. Gallipoli turned it around through Ciro Ginestra's spot-kick and a Manuel Mancini counter, but late on Kewullay Conteh flicked a corner kick in off his heel to secure a point for his side.

Salernitana 1-2 Modena
Salvatore Bruno's last-gasp brace sent Salernitana sinking further into crisis and handed Modena their first win of the season. Francesco Cozza converted a penalty following a foul on Manolo Pestrin, wasting chances to make the points safe with Luca Fusco and Evans Soligo. Those misses proved costly, as in the space of eight minutes Bruno scored twice with a soaring header and an angled drive that went in off the post.

Cesena 1-0 Cittadella
Cittadella paid the price for poor finishing, as they dominated the first half and yet fell behind to Cesena's first real chance, a Milan Djuric header on Emanuele Giaccherini's cross. There was bad news for the home side in the final minutes, as Martin Petras picked up his second yellow card and defender Fabio Cusaro was stretchered off with a double fracture, effectively ending his season.

Padova 0-0 Piacenza
This match was postponed from its original date because of international call-ups. It was rescheduled by the Lega Calcio for Tuesday 15 September. [Match review]

Reggina 0-2 Vicenza
This match was postponed from its original date because of international call-ups. It was rescheduled by the Lega Calcio for Tuesday 15 September. [Match review]

Sassuolo 2-1 Triestina
This match was postponed from its original date because of international call-ups. It was rescheduled by the Lega Calcio for Tuesday 15 September. [Match review]

Source: Football-Italia

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