Saturday, 20 February 2010

Serie B - Week 26: Weekend Review

Friday 19 February
Brescia 2-1 Ascoli
Brescia wasted numerous chances and hit the woodwork three times, but still managed to defeat Ascoli. Rispoli was first to rattle the woodwork after 28 minutes, his cross-shot flapped on to the post by the goalkeeper. Caracciolo's header also thumped the upright before a Possanzini wayward effort looped into the top corner. The Rondinelle kept pushing and doubled their lead with Caracciolo finishing off a team move soon after. It would've been 3-0, but Caracciolo hit the frame of the goal for the third time with his header. Ascoli thought luck must be on their side and risked grabbing a point when Bernacci scored and Pesce went close to an equaliser at the death.

Saturday 20 February
Mantova 2-1 Sassuolo
Sassuolo's shock defeat to a side battling against relegation dampens their hopes of catching Lecce at the top of the table, even though they remain in second place. Manganelli broke the deadlock when he accidentally deflected a low cross into his own net. Pellicori doubled the tally by coming off the bench to meet Nassi's assist, but Martinetti kept Sassuolo in the running with his impressive solo effort.

Modena 1-2 Grosseto
Grosseto climb into third place with this precious away victory. They reaped the rewards of a very strong start at the Stadio Braglia, as Esposito opened the scoring almost immediately on Pinilla's assist. Soon after Pinilla went to the top of the Capocannoniere charts with his angled drive. Girardi rose to nod in a free kick, but it was too late for Modena to turn this around.

Frosinone 3-1 Empoli
Empoli's poor away record struck again, as they conceded two goals in five minutes. Basso had given Frosinone the lead with a fine volley at the near post, then Coralli equalised by redirecting Antonazzo's cross from close range. The game was decided on the hour mark, with Troianiello's counter and a Mazzeo backheel flick in quick succession.

Ancona 2-2 Padova
It has been a bad week for Ancona, who were docked a point for failing to pay their wages on time. That showed in the shaky first half that saw Padova go 2-0 up thanks to Darmian's wayward cross-shot and a Bovo strike. However, Mastronunzio led a remarkable fightback. First he sprung the offside trap, then smashed a left-foot angled drive through a defender's legs.

Triestina 0-0 Cesena
Triestina played for over an hour with 10 men following Colombo’s straight red card for a late tackle, but still earned a point. Cesena slide further away from the top of the table after a game played on a waterlogged pitch. The visitors had penalty appeals waved away for Pit’s contact with Schelotto in the second half.

Torino 2-3 Salernitana
Torino were stunned by bottom of the table Salernitana, who had to play the last half-hour with 10 men. It was a fiery encounter with three red cards and a missed spot-kick. Within nine minutes it was already 1-1, as Barusso blasted a screamer into the bottom corner and 60 seconds later Dionisi’s daisy-cutter had equalised. Kyriazis put Salernitana in front by redirecting a free kick from close range and Dionisi doubled his tally on the counter. Toro wasted the chance to get back into the game when Bastrini saw red for a last man offence, but Polito parried Bianchi’s penalty. 10-man Salernitana did succumb to another Bianchi spot-kick soon after, but red cards for Zoboli and Montervino made little difference to the result.

Cittadella 1-0 Reggina
Reggina face the real risk of relegation after losing this six-pointer. Cacia thought he had given them an early lead, but his header was ruled offside and the same player hit the woodwork towards half-time. It was Cittadella who found the net when Bellazzini curled a spectacular free kick into the net from practically the byline.

Gallipoli 0-5 Vicenza
It was a complete disaster for troubled Gallipoli, as they were thrashed mercilessly in front of their own fans. After 11 minutes it was already 2-0 for Vicenza, as Bjelanovic’s backheel set up Madonna, then he got the second header himself. Both players completed braces with Madonna’a angled drive and a Bjelanovic counter, while Paonessa rounded out the scoreline with a cheeky close-range flick.

Piacenza 1-0 Albinoleffe
Piacenza squeezed out the victory despite playing the final 25 minutes with 10 men. Cellino had gone close for 'Leffe, but Sivakov turned in a right-foot drive from Foti's assist to decide the match. Tonucci saw red, but his teammates held on for all three points.

Monday 22 February
Crotone 1-1 Lecce
It was all square at the Scida. The pitch conditions, affected by the rain, favoured the locals who managed to hold League leaders Lecce. The visitors knew it was a difficult clash but Crotone were missing star man Gabionetta, suspended for this game and replaced by Cutolo. Lecce started well and found the lead with Marilungo, who took the ball off Beati and curled it past Concetti. Crotone promptly equalised with Mendicino after a long cross bounced off the post to his feet for a comfortable tap in. Abruzzese nearly scored an own goal as he deflected a cross on to the bar. The second half was hard fought with a couple of good chances for both sides. Lecce went forward looking for the winner in injury time but the draw was fair.

Source: Football-Italia

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