Sunday, 15 November 2009

Serie B - Week 14: Weekend Review

Lecce 2-1 PadovaSunday 15 November
Lecce 2-1 Padova
Lecce maintained their leadership of Serie B by fighting back to beat high-flying Padova. Rabito gave the home side a scare in the first half when his angled drive thumped the base of the upright and Padova took the lead on 62 minutes, as Jidayi pounced on a poor Terranova clearance. Soon after, Cesar saw red for his last man foul on Defendi, allowing Corvia to convert the penalty. Fired up by the goal and extra man, Lecce poured forward and eventually won it through a Vives daisy-cutter.


Ancona 2-0 Vicenza
Ancona continue their impressive form with this comfortable victory, though all the action was condensed in 120 seconds. Mastronunzio was left relatively unmarked to turn in a corner, then Catinali’s counter attack was finalised by a Miramontes volley. It could’ve been 3-0 in the second half, but Mastronunzio’s solo effort thumped the bar.

Cittadella 1-2 Gallipoli
Gallipoli struck twice with Ginestra to extend Cittadella’s winless streak past the month mark. The visitors pushed forward from the start and were awarded a penalty when Carteri hauled back Pallante, allowing Ginestra to convert. The referee pointed to the spot again for a sandwich on Oliveira, so Curiale equalised, but at the dawn of the second half Ginestra tapped in a corner kick. The victory was deserved, as Di Carmine’s effort was only denied by a Manucci goalline clearance.

Mantova 0-1 Cesena
Cesena stay in the promotion places thanks to a magnificent display from veteran goalkeeper Antonioli. Lauro brought down Nassi for an early penalty, but he parried the Carrus attempt, so Bucchi’s goal put the visitors in front. Mantova thought they’d earned a point in stoppages when they were awarded another spot-kick, but once again Antonioli saved from Caridi.

Piacenza 0-0 Torino
New Piacenza boss Massimo Ficcadenti made a memorable debut, stalling the progress of promotion favourites Torino. In fact, the Biancorossi had the better of the game and skimmed the woodwork with Guerra’s angled drive. To make matters worse for the Granata, Rivalta saw red late on.

Triestina 2-0 Ascoli
Triestina took full advantage of Gazzola’s dismissal just 35 minutes into this match, although Godeas could’ve had a hat-trick. Ascoli started strongly and hit the woodwork early on, but Godeas converted a penalty for Gazzola’s push on Testini. Gazzola gave away another spot-kick for his red card, though this time Godeas could only hit the upright. Nonetheless, the Triestina striker completed his brace with a looping cross-shot.

Modena 0-2 Crotone
Modena tumble down the standings and ended this match with nine men. Diagouraga received his second booking just before the break and Crotone took full advantage, as Mazzarani flicked in a cross with his heel and soon after Mendicino nodded in to complete a counter. Pinardi also saw red late on, while the Canarini had a goal disallowed because the cross had gone out of play.

Tuesday 8 December
Reggina 0-2 Sassuolo
This match was postponed from its original date because of international call-ups. It was rescheduled by the Lega Calcio for Tuesday 8 December. [Match Review]

Salernitana 1-0 Empoli
This match was postponed from its original date because of international call-ups. It was rescheduled by the Lega Calcio for Tuesday 8 December. [Match Review]

Frosinone 1-0 Brescia
This match was postponed from its original date because of international call-ups. It was rescheduled by the Lega Calcio for Tuesday 8 December. [Match Review]

Grosseto 2-2 Albinoleffe
This match was postponed from its original date because of international call-ups. It was rescheduled by the Lega Calcio for Tuesday 8 December. [Match Review]

Source: Football-Italia

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