Saturday, 21 November 2009

Serie B - Week 15: Weekend Review

Vicenza 2-0 FrosinoneFriday 20 November
Vicenza 2-0 Frosinone
Frosinone plunged to a fourth consecutive defeat, as Vicenza finally won their first home game of the season. The former leaders are a team in crisis and it showed, as they struggled to create a single scoring opportunity in the Friday night game. Sestu crossed for the unmarked Bjelanovic to break the deadlock, although he did appear to be in an offside position. In the second half Gavazzi concluded a classic counter, picking up an injury in the process, to end Vicenza's run of seven draws on the trot.

Saturday 21 November
Brescia 1-0 Lecce
Lecce lose the leadership of Serie B after this slender defeat to a Brescia side that hadn't celebrated in a month. Lopez and Caracciolo went close before Caracciolo crossed for Rispoli's winning header. The visitors tried to fight back in the second half, but Defendi was denied by the crossbar at the 88th minute.

Ascoli 1-3 Ancona
Ancona break away at the top of the table thanks to a convincing victory in the Derby delle Marche, taking advantage of Lecce's stumble. Mastronunzio already had a chance after 10 minutes and broke the deadlock with a powerful header, but Antenucci equalised almost immediately by waltzing round the goalkeeper on Giorgi's through ball. Bernacci and Antenucci went close to turning the game around completely in the second half, but wasted their opportunities and Colacone turned in Milani's assist. Ancona made the points safe with Mastronunzio's second of the game, combining with Colacone. Ascoli are in dire straits after picking up four points from their last 10 games.

Padova 2-3 Empoli
Empoli snatched all three points in a five-goal thriller that was also a head-to-head for promotion places. The Tuscans thought they had it all sealed up in the first half already, as Trevisan accidentally turned an Eder cross-shot into his own net and Pasquato smashed in a powerful strike. Vinci picked up a second yellow card at the dawn of the second half, allowing Padova to push back into the match. Rabito's right-foot curler and Di Nardo's spin in the box completed the comeback. However, in stoppages Marianini made the most of De Giorgi's fine work down the right to win it for Empoli.

Sassuolo 1-2 Piacenza
Piacenza caused an upset with this surprise victory at the Braglia. Moscardelli got a precise header on Naingollan's cross, then moments later the goal scorer turned provider for Guerra's tap-in. Although Sassuolo had plenty of chances, they wasted them and only got one back late on when Noselli pounced on Rincon's error.

Crotone 1-1 Reggina
Reggina are still struggling and shared the spoils in this Calabrian derby. It all happened in the opening stages, as Brienza's free kick was parried into the path of Pagano and soon after Mazzarani's angled drive drew Crotone level. Bonazzoli forced a couple of saves in the second half, but at least the Amaranto end their run of five consecutive away defeats.

Albinoleffe 0-3 Modena
Modena thumped 'Leffe at the Stadio Azzurri d'Italia to climb into the play-off places. Napoli was allowed to tap in undisturbed after four minutes and, despite Rickler's red card, the Canarini still added another two to their tally with Catellani's solo effort and Bruno.

Grosseto 2-2 Salernitana
It was a thoroughly entertaining game that started with a bang, as in the opening 35 seconds Soligo tapped in Salernitana's opener. Pinilla completed the Grosseto comeback with a brace before half-time, earning and converting a penalty then rising to meet a corner. However, the visitors snatched a point late on with Pepe's angled drive.

Triestina 2-0 Cittadella
Triestina soar into the play-off places with this victory, although it took them a while to get the better of Cittadella. Testini got his head to a Sedivec cross and nine minutes later Godeas fired in from nine yards.

Gallipoli 0-0 Mantova
There were precious few scoring opportunities and Mantova seemed happy to take the point, even though it leaves them fourth from bottom. The best chance fell to Ginestra, whose header was cleared off the line by Bellodi's foot.

Monday 23 November
Cesena 1-1 Torino
It ended all square between Cesena and Torino in a pretty even game. The first half was hard fought but neither side could find a break. Toro eventually broke the dreadlock with a superb free-kick from Leon, who had just walked on to the pitch 10 minutes before. Cesena didn't give in though and pressured the visitors. Ex-Toro man Malonga picked up a pass from Lauro and smashed past Sereni from the centre of the box to tie the scores. In the late minutes both sides were too tired to create any further chances.

Source: Football-Italia

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