Saturday, 28 November 2009

Serie B - Week 16: Weekend Review

Reggina 4-0 BresciaFriday 27 November
Salernitana 1-3 Gallipoli
Salernitana's crisis continues with this crushing home defeat at the hands of Gallipoli. The bottom of the table club had taken the lead just five minutes in through Soligo's counter-attack, but before half-time the visitors had equalised thanks to an acrobatic Pallante half-volley from Pederzoli's ball over the top. Di Carmine got between the centre-backs to turn the game around completely and Di Gennaro secured the spoils with a header in stoppages.

Saturday 28 November
Lecce 3-2 Grosseto
Lecce completed a remarkable comeback from 2-0 down to win and catch Ancona at the top of the table. Grosseto had a very strong start with Pinilla's header, then he dribbled round the goalkeeper for a second. The home side got back into the game just shy of half-time when Fabiano's free kick took a deflection. The tide was turning and, following Giacomazzi's effort off the crossbar, Angelo volleyed in to equalise. It still wasn't over, as Giacomazzi pounced on a defensive error to turn it around completely.

Ancona 2-2 Sassuolo
Ancona are caught at the top of the table after this stalemate on home turf. Sassuolo took a surprise lead when Masucci's free kick took a deflection to beat the goalkeeper, but within six minutes Mastronunzio had equalised with a well-taken volley. The Ancona striker doubled his tally in the second half and thought his angled drive had sealed victory, especially after Fusani's dismissal, but did not count on Noselli's late goal with a suspicion of offside.

Empoli 2-0 Cesena
Empoli made short work of Cesena to continue their impressive home record. Coralli smartly turned Piangerelli in the box to drill into the corner, then in the second half Valdifiori rose above the crowd to nod in Vannucchi's cross for his first Empoli goal.

Torino 1-2 Crotone
Toro's crisis reaches new depths with this humiliating home defeat to little Crotone. A four-minute spell in the first half proved decisive, as disastrous defensive errors allowed Petrilli and Bonvissuto to score twice in quick succession. Bianchi nodded in his 12th goal of the season, but for all the pressure the Granata were unable to make a dent in the visitors' defence. Fans were furious and protested by leaving the stadium to wait for the team outside the car park. After five games without a win, Coach Colantuono is hanging by a thread.

Frosinone 2-2 Albinoleffe
Frosinone scraped a last-gasp point against struggling Albinoleffe. The visitors had gone in front through Cellini's tap-in, but the second half was action-packed. Basha equalised with a stunning solo effort, his chest and volley into the far corner. Perico restored Leffe's lead from distance, but in stoppages Santoruvo came to the rescue by bundling a loose ball over the line.

Padova 1-2 Vicenza
Vicenza won a fiery local derby that saw two red cards and a saved penalty. The opening 20 minutes were action-packed, as Sestu made the most of a Renzetti error to put the visitors ahead, then 60 seconds later Trevisan tapped in a deflected Rabito free kick to equalise. Faisca brought down Bjelanovic for a red card and penalty, but Agliardi saved the spot-kick to keep Padova on level terms. On the stroke of half-time Bjelanovic got his revenge by pouncing on a Di Cesare header that had come off the crossbar. When Cesar picked up a second booking to leave Padova with nine men, it seemed to be all over, but they still threatened another goal with Di Nardo's header.

Modena 2-0 Triestina
Bruno bagged a brace to send Modena into joint fourth place, leapfrogging Triestina in the table. Bianco's effort came off the crossbar and into the path of Bruno for an opener, then in the second half his angled drive secured the points.

Piacenza 2-1 Ascoli
Piacenza registered their first home win in precisely three months to ruin Coach Bepi Pillon's Ascoli debut. Bernacci had given the visitors the lead by redirecting a wayward Luci effort just before half-time. However, Rincon's fierce right-foot strike and a Moscardelli poacher's goal in the space of three minutes turned it around. Micolucci confounded the crisis with a straight red card for his late tackle on Bianchi.

Sunday 29 November
Reggina 4-0 Brescia
Reggina steamrollered past Brescia, who were forced to play practically the entire match with 10 men. The game was inevitably transformed after 120 seconds when Bega saw red for a last man foul on Bonazzoli that also allowed Pagano to convert the opening penalty. Pagano added to his tally before Cascione and Lanzaro rounded out the scoreline. Just days after their Coppa Italia exit to Palermo, Reggina climb off penultimate place.

Monday 30 November
Mantova 1-3 Cittadella
An entertaining game between Mantova and Cittadella. Both teams came forward looking for the opener and Cittadella went really close as they missed a penalty from Ardemaghi. Only two minutes later Mantova punished them and went ahead after confusion in the box. But the visitors didn't give in and equalised just before the break with Ardemagni following a corner kick. In the second half Mantova did all the could to win it but were denied firstly by the post and then by the linesman. Cittadella instead got another penalty and this time Iunco scored. Then Iunco completed his brace with a superb chip past Bellodi and put the game to sleep.

Source: Football-Italia

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