Saturday, 12 September 2009

Serie B - Week 4: Weekend Review

Piacenza 1-3 BresciaFriday 11 September
Modena 0-0 Lecce
The Friday night match ended goalless despite numerous chances, as Lecce continue to struggle at the Stadio Braglia. Luigi De Canio's men were coming off two consecutive defeats and went closest in the first half when Daniele Corvia clipped the upright. The Canarini could've broken through when Andrea Catellani wasted a golden opportunity, but Guillermo Giacomazzi did the same at the other end by firing straight at the goalkeeper. Both sides move up to four points.

Saturday 12 September
Piacenza 1-3 Brescia
Brescia catch Frosinone in the top spot with this confident display at the Stadio Garilli. Davide Possanzini's wayward effort turned into an assist for Walter Lopez and Ahmed Barusso doubled the advantage just before half-time, albeit in a potential offside position. Sebastian De Maio's howler allowed Davide Moscardelli to get one back, but it lasted only five minutes before Lopez earned a soft penalty, converted by Andrea Caracciolo.

Frosinone 2-2 Padova
Frosinone lose their 100 per cent record against newly-promoted Padova, allowing Brescia to join them at the top of the table. Simone Basso had broken the deadlock with a daisy-cutter, but William Judayi got a lucky bounce off the turf to beat the goalkeeper and equalise. Basso converted a penalty for Vasco Faisca's foul on Jefferson, but three minutes later Claudio Cuffa blasted in a right-foot strike from distance. Jefferson thought he'd won it for the home side, but in stoppages his shot cracked the upright.

Torino 2-1 Albinoleffe
Torino had an early scare, but got back to winning ways following last week's setback. The Granata had pushed forward from the start only to be punished by a Paolo Grossi counter-attack that sprung the offside trap. Francesco Pratali got his head to a Andrea Gasbarroni corner for the equaliser and Rolando Bianchi confirmed his fine form with the fourth goal of the season, also a header.

Mantova 2-2 Reggina
It was a scintillating second half, as Reggina again failed to pick up the victory by throwing away a 2-0 lead. Daniele Cacia slammed in a blockbuster from distance and Franco Brienza went on a slalom through the Mantova defence, but the comeback in the final half-hour was all down to Maurizio Nassi's two dramatic headers.

Vicenza 2-2 Ascoli
A howler from goalkeeper Marco Fortin left Vicenza with their third draw on the trot. The Biancorossi had got off to a strong start when Sasa Bjelanovic turned in a corner kick, but an acrobatic Mirko Antenucci finish drew Ascoli level. Alessandro Sgrigna thought he'd sealed it by converting a penalty for Christian Amoroso's foul on Sgrigna. However, in the final minutes, Fortin flapped at a seemingly harmless Amoroso strike, turning it into the path of Arturo Lupoli.

Triestina 2-0 Salernitana
Salernitana continue to prop up the table without a single point after more wasteful finishing in Trieste. Fabio Brini's men had dominated the first half and were awarded a penalty, which Michael Agazzi saved from Francesco Caputo, but they were made to pay for those errors. Luigi Della Rocca and Denis Godeas got both their goals from dead-ball situations.

Gallipoli 1-1 Sassuolo
Gallipoli came so close to their first ever Serie B victory, but were denied at the death. Agustin Viana marked his debut for the club with a headed goal straight after the restart and the home side threatened a second on several occasions. However, deep into stoppages Daniele Quadrini's free kick was parried into the path of Gaetano Masucci to maintain Sassuolo's unbeaten record. Gallipoli were furious, as the set play was taken twice after the three minutes of injury time had expired.

Cittadella 1-1 Grosseto
There could easily have been more goals in this game, but the woodwork played its part in the final result. Emanuele Pesoli's free kick hit the upright for the home side and soon after they went a goal down when Mauricio Pinilla rose to nod in a corner. Cittadella managed to equalise late on through Antimo Iunco redirecting a Ivan Castiglia free kick, but in stoppages the woodwork denied Filippo Carobbio a winner for Grosseto.

Crotone 0-0 Cesena
There was precious little to report in this relegation dogfight, a point that leaves Crotone in dire straits. Antonino Bonvissuto had penalty appeals waved away and Emanuele Giaccherini limped off with a serious shoulder injury, but the best chance saw Francesco Antonioli parry a Elia Legati header.

Monday 14 September
Ancona 2-0 Empoli
Ancona came away with the points to fly into fourth place, as Empoli drop off the promotion pace already. Salvatore Mastronunzio took just seven minutes to break through, combining with Roberto Colacone to spring the offside trap and deposit into the net from close range. Davide Bassi prevented Matias Miramontes getting a second moments later, while Citadin Eder had Empoli's best chance, but just before the break Colacone ran on to a perfect Andrea De Falco searching pass to make it 2-0.

Source: Football-Italia

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