Saturday, 13 February 2010

Serie B - Week 25: Weekend Review

Friday 12 February
Empoli 3-0 Ancona
Empoli dealt a crushing blow to Ancona's hopes of getting back to the top of the table thanks to their first victory since early December. Coralli was the star of the show, as he opened the scoring by meeting a cross from the right and doubled his tally after the break from Eder's assist. Teenager Cesaretti came off the bench and within seconds beat the offside trap to break his Serie B duck. Empoli are now just three points shy of Ancona, who suffered their fifth consecutive away defeat.

Saturday 13 February
Sassuolo 1-2 Gallipoli
One of the shocks of the season came at the Stadio Braglia, as leaders Sassuolo fell on home turf to team in crisis Gallipoli. Less than a week ago the visitors went on strike during a match and their Coach resigned following a brawl with his President. Giuseppe Giannini was back at the helm, albeit in the stands due to a four-match touchline ban, but that chaos revitalised his team. Volpato touched on a Scaglia cross for Daino’s header at the back post. Mancini should’ve made it 2-0 with a chip, as Gallipoli were always dangerous on the counter, but he made up for it when left relatively unmarked to chest and volley from close range. Zampagna netted at the death, but it was too late to save Sassuolo’s embarrassment.

Lecce 0-0 Modena
Lecce went one point clear at the top of the table, but it could so easily have been more following Sassuolo's shock defeat. The Canarini mainly focused on defending and did a good job of it, as they held out a clean sheet despite chances for Fabiano, Munari and Marilungo.

Grosseto 3-0 Cittadella
Grosseto made short work of Cittadella and Pinilla bagged a brace to climb to the very top of the Capocannoniere charts. His free kick squirmed under the goalkeeper, then he both earned and converted a penalty with Nocentini's last-man foul. Vitiello rounded out the scoreline 120 seconds later.

Cesena 0-2 Crotone
Third-placed Cesena paid the price for wasting opportunities and were stunned in front of their own fans by little Crotone. The home team dominated proceedings and saw Parolo’s goal disallowed for a tight offside decision, but fell apart in stoppages. First Morleo curled a fantastic free kick in from distance, then Degano struck on the counter-attack.

Brescia 1-0 Piacenza
Brescia climbed into the top six thanks to a slender victory over struggling Piacenza. Cordova deserves much of the credit for the winning goal, as it was his thunderbolt that took a deflection off Kosak.

Albinoleffe 0-1 Torino
It was a tale of two penalties in Bergamo, as Torino earned a precious away victory. Bernabrdini seemed to bring down Antonelli outside the box, but Inacio PiĆ  still converted the spot-kick for the Granata. Soon after the referee pointed to the spot at the other end for a shirt-tug on Bombardini, but this time Morello parried Cellini's penalty. The Toro goalkeeper proved decisive in the second half too, keeping his team in front.

Reggina 3-1 Mantova
Reggina have been transformed on the debut of Coach Roberto Breda, the former youth team tactician who replaced Ivo Iaconi this week. Led by striker Brienza’s first half brace, they earned a crucial victory against fellow relegation strugglers Mantova. Within 120 seconds Handanovic had parried a Tedesco snapshot into the path of Brienza, then the same forward smashed an angled drive into the far corner. Mantova shot themselves in the foot when Salviato’s poor backpass turned into an assist for Cacia and, after Bonazzoli’s dismissal, Tarana grabbed a last-gasp consolation goal.

Padova 0-0 Frosinone
The debut of new Coach Nello Di Costanzo made little difference in terms of performance, even if he reshuffled the Padova squad. A lucky ricochet set up Trevisan just shy of the half-hour mark, but Sicignano somehow managed to palm it away from danger. Italiano threatened twice after the break, while Bassi had the best chances for Frosinone. Neither side has been in good shape recently and Padova made it four games on the bounce without a single goal.

Ascoli 1-1 Vicenza
Vicenza took a surprise lead at the Del Duca when Gavazzi pounced on a weak backpass and would've been 2-0 up had another goal not been incorrectly ruled offside. That proved to be a crucial decision, as late on Di Cesare's handling offence allowed Antenucci to convert Ascoli's penalty.

Monday 15 February
Salernitana 1-2 Triestina
Two goals ten minutes before half-time from Siligardi and Testini saw Triestina overcome Salernitana, despite a late consolation from substitute Caputo for the home side. Colombo set up Siligardi for the opener as the midfielder slotted the ball into the bottom right-hand corner from the left side of the box, before Testini fired in to double the lead minutes later. Bari loanee Caputo's late strike, assisted by Dionisi, could do nothing to prevent the Unione from taking the points.

Source: Football-Italia

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