Saturday, 5 December 2009

Serie B - Week 17: Weekend Review

Grosseto 2-0 AnconaFriday 4 December
Albinoleffe 1-3 Lecce
Leaders Lecce will be on top for another week after conquering Albinoleffe 3-1 on their own turf. It was already 2-0 by the half-time break, as Corvia and a very controversial Giuliatto strike – which may or may not have crossed the line – put the visitors in a commanding position. Perico's header brought 'Leffe back into the game, but Corvia completed his brace. Home Coach Emiliano Mondonico was sent off for dissent.

Saturday 5 December
Grosseto 2-0 Ancona
Ancona have gone from joint leaders to three points behind Lecce this weekend thanks to this defeat. Joelson converted a penalty when Milani hauled down Job, then just before half-time Surraco picked up his second yellow card. Straight after the restart Pinilla secured the points with a smart solo effort. Ancona were disappointing and only had their first chance on the hour mark with Mora's goalline clearance denying Pisacane.

Cesena 4-0 Frosinone
Frosinone's crisis drags on with a humiliating defeat, but Cesena get back on track. It was one-way traffic, as Bocchetti twice had to perform goalline clearances on Volta and Franceschini before the deadlock was broken. Giaccherini's angled drive, Bucchi pouncing on a poor Sicignano backpass and Schelotto's header put the game beyond reach. Late on, Giaccherini completed his brace with a right-foot drive.

Brescia 2-2 Empoli
Empoli twice fought back to snatch a stoppage-time point at the Rigamonti in this promotion showdown. Brescia can kick themselves for wasting this opportunity, as they overall dominated the game. There was an early scare when Pasquato hit the post of an open goal, but the home side broke through with Caracciolo combining with Possanzini. Eder equalised on the counter set up by Pasquato, but three minutes later Caracciolo nodded in his second. Brescia seemed to be heading for victory, but in stoppages Eder was brought down by Rispoli and got back up to convert the penalty.

Gallipoli 0-1 Torino
New Torino Coach Mario Beretta made the perfect debut - even if he wasn't actually on the bench. The tactician failed his medical and won't get the clearance until Monday, so assistant Daniele Zoratto took charge while he watched from the stands. It was a very bad start, as the Granata seemed slow, ineffective and pinned back by Gallipoli. Sereni kept them in the game with crucial saves on Di Carmine and Mounard, while Ginestra wasted one-on-one and Pisano risked giving away a penalty. In the second half both Scaglia and Sosa were denied by the frame of the goal. Against the run of play, Di Michele pounced on a loose ball for his first goal since September 18.

Sassuolo 2-0 Padova
Sassuolo leapfrogged Padova in the table with this victory, though everything happened in the second half. Rossini volleyed in a Salvetti cross to the back post and, after Noselli missed an open goal, Titone made it 2-0 with an absolute blockbuster from 30 metres.

Ascoli 1-3 Reggina
Reggina earned an important victory with 10 men, but this game will go down in history for an extremely controversial incident. Valdez was trying to put the ball out of play so that he could be substituted after sustaining an injury, but Sommese pounced to spark a counter-attack and set up Antenucci’s goal for Ascoli. This absolutely infuriated Reggina to the point that Costa was sent off for striking the ‘guilty’ Sommese. Play was halted for around five minutes as the debate raged on and when it resumed Ascoli Coach Bepi Pillon – a former Reggina chief – ordered his men to ‘make up for it’ by allowing Pagano to level the scores. Despite playing with 10 men, the Amaranto went on to win at the Del Duca with late goals from Bonazzoli and BarillĂ .

Cittadella 1-1 Modena
Modena slip down to fifth place after this stalemate. Ardemagni had given Cittadella the lead after he earned and converted a penalty for Tamburini's foul. Catellani went close, but it was Troiano who equalised by meeting Pinardi's corner kick straight after the restart. There was controversy late on, as Teoldi's effort was cleared off the line, possibly already over it.

Mantova 1-1 Salernitana
This result does little to boost either side. Caridi chested down Carrus' chipped pass to put Mantova in front, but Tricarico drilled in from the edge of the box. Salernitana were overall fortunate to escape with a point, as in the second half a goalline clearance on Spinale may or may not have been over.

Triestina 0-0 Crotone
Triestina had the better of the game and hit the woodwork with Testini, but Crotone held out for a point. There were also chances for Godeas, Sabato and Stankovic.

Monday 7 December
Vicenza 0-0 Piacenza
Ten-men Vicenza felt they deserved more than a point as Piacenza held them to a goalles draw. The locals had good chances with Bjelanovic and Misuraca in the first half while the visitors sat back and let them take the initiave. The second half started with the same rythm and Vicenza went once again close with Fabiano before seing their defender Ferri sent off. Piacenza thought they were in for a surprise as Sambugaro missed from close distance. Then in the last few minutes Vicenza appealed for a penalty, which seemed clear, but was denied by the referee.

Source: Football-Italia

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