Saturday, 27 February 2010

Serie B - Week 27: Weekend Review

Friday 26 February
Vicenza 0-2 Cittadella
Cittadella struck twice in the second half to win the derby and leapfrog local rivals Vicenza in the table. Sgrigna thought he had given the home side the lead with his delightful chip, but it was disallowed for a foul in the build-up. Instead, Ardemagni went on the counter and was brought down for a penalty converted by Pesoli. It was a fiery encounter and Bjelanovic's header was inches past the post, but Iunco put the result beyond doubt in stoppages.

Saturday 27 February
Sassuolo 0-2 Brescia
Brescia won the head-to-head in order to catch Sassuolo in joint second place. They took an early lead through a smart Vass stop and volley with the outside of his right foot. The home side tried to fight back and went close when Martinetti hit the upright and Noselli didn't make the most of the follow-up. Possanzini put the points under lock and key by rising to nod in Caracciolo's cross.

Lecce 1-1 Triestina
Leaders Lecce stalled their progress, but were fortunate to claw back a late point. Juventus youth product Pasquato thought he had already given Triestina the lead in the first half, but his goal was disallowed for a handling offence. He did get on the scoresheet by going it alone with a solo run from midfield. The teenager went close to another, but Baclet came off the bench to nod in the equaliser.

Cesena 1-0 Ascoli
Cesena close to within four points of the leaders, scraping past 10-man Ascoli. Giaccherini wasted an early opportunity before Greco broke through with a smart backheel on Schelotto's cross. Bernacci saw red, but the visitors continued to push on bravely.

Ancona 3-1 Gallipoli
Ancona got back on track, but only managed it after Gallipoli were reduced to eight men. The visitors had the better of the early play, but when Schiattarella’s scuffed angled drive drifted in and Lazzari saw red, it changed the game. In the second half Mastronunzio doubled their tally from Schiattarella’s assist, swiftly followed by another red card for Tagliani and Surraco’s strike under the bar. Daino was the third Gallipoli player sent off and moments later Artistico’s free kick got a consolation goal.

Grosseto 0-4 Crotone
Grosseto were demolished in front of their own fans by little Crotone in a huge shock. The visitors had struggled in the first half, but took the lead against the run of play with a fierce Bonvissuto effort. After the break, Grosseto simply fell apart. Bonvissuto tapped in a second, Gabionetta’s chip beat the goalkeeper and Ginestra rounded out the scoreline with a header.

Empoli 3-0 Modena
Empoli moved into the play-off battle with this comfortable victory, even if the tension got to the two teams. It was always going to be tough for Modena after Diagouraga brought down Coralli for a red card and penalty converted by Eder. Coralli quickly added to the advantage by meeting Stovini's backheel flick and, despite Eder's dismissal and Modena's penalty appeals, Saudati put the game beyond doubt from close range.

Padova 0-1 Torino
Torino conquered Padova, but have to thank their goalkeeper for saving a first half penalty. Di Nardo stepped up after 24 minutes and saw his spot-kick saved by Morello. Just shy of the hour mark top scorer Bianchi sprung into action by gathering from Gasbarroni to drill a right-foot angled drive into the bottom corner. It was a much-needed boost for the Granata, who were still smarting from last week's 3-2 home defeat to bottom of the table Salernitana.

Albinoleffe 1-0 Mantova
Albinoleffe earned a very important win to break away from the relegation zone, leaving Mantova in the thick of it. Cristiano got the only goal of the game when he bundled the ball over the line from a chaotic corner kick.

Salernitana 1-0 Piacenza
Salernitana are still stranded at the foot of the table, but keep their hopes alive with a hard-fought victory. It was a tale of two penalties, as Moscardelli hit his effort straight at the goalkeeper just eight minutes in. Dionisi also hit the crossbar, but Merino scored the winner by converting his spot-kick on the hour mark.

Sunday 28 February
Reggina 1-0 Frosinone
Reggina earned three crucial points to lift themselves away from the danger zone. Brienza got the only goal of the game within the opening 60 seconds, as his shot from the edge of the box took a deflection off Scarlato. There could well have been more, as Brienza's chip hit the crossbar and at the other end Santoruvo nodded wide of an open goal. Substitute Stellone was sent off against his former club for elbowing Costa.

Source: Football-Italia

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