Friday 5 March
Cesena A-A Sassuolo
The referee decided to abandon this match after 74 minutes with the score at 0-0 when snowfall on the Stadio Manuzzi pitch became too heavy to continue. The remaining 16 minutes will be played on Tuesday 16 March. [Match Review]
Saturday 6 March
Mantova 2-2 Lecce
Leaders Lecce fought back to grab a fourth consecutive draw away to 10-man relegation strugglers Mantova. Salviato broke through after 21 minutes when Locatelli’s free kick was parried into the path of the defender. Corvia wasted the chance to equalise when one-on-one with the goalkeeper moments later, but did draw level thanks to Munari’s header from a Vives set piece. Handanovic flew to prevent Giacomazzi making it 2-1 to the visitors, but Mantova started the second half in fine fettle and after chances for Pellicori and Nassi, they restored their advantage when Pellicori nodded in Locatelli’s cross. Di Michele came off the bench and quickly created several scoring opportunities, so when Gervasoni was sent off for a tackle on Marilungo, Mantova came under intense pressure. Corvia hit the upright and Munari turned in on the rebound to make it 2-2.
Brescia 2-3 Grosseto
Brescia had climbed into second place, but were stunned on home turf by Grosseto, who leapfrog them again. Turati broke through early on with a header across the face of goal from Carobbio's corner, then Pinilla struck from 30 metres for a second. The Rigamonti crowd were silenced when Pinilla scored again before the break with a right-foot drive from distance that settled under the crossbar to make it 3-0. Possanzini mounted a one-man comeback with his daisy-cutter from distance and stoppage-time tap-in from a corner, but it was not enough to make up for the disastrous opening 45 minutes.
Modena 2-1 Ancona
Ancona’s promotion hopes took another blow with this defeat at the Stadio Braglia. It took just four minutes for Bruno to find the back of the net when he met Troiano’s cross from six yards. Pinardi grabbed the second before half-time with a right-foot finish, but Colacone’s strike under the bar was not enough to get Ancona back into it.
Cittadella 2-1 Empoli
Empoli's away form continues to be a problem, as they have now lost 10 of their 15 trips this season, but it consolidated Cittadella's strong run of results. Ardemagni took control and opened the scoring by nodding in a Magallanes cross, then after the break he finalised a strong Bellazzini move. Empoli got a consolation goal, as Fabbrini slid on to Coralli's cross to the back post.
Torino 3-1 Frosinone
Torino earned a much-needed and rare home victory thanks to Bianchi's hat-trick, although he also missed a spot-kick. Del Prete brought down Leon for the first spot-kick on the stroke of half-time and Santoruvo equalised by pouncing on Ogbonna's error. The referee awarded another penalty for Bocchetti's shirt-tug on Ogbonna and this time Bianchi's effort was palmed on to the post, but the former Manchester City striker was first to the rebound. Only a splendid Sereni save stopped Cariello making it 2-2, so in stoppages Bianchi's acrobatic volley secured the points.
Ascoli 4-2 Salernitana
Ascoli fought back twice to get the better of a resurgent Salernitana, who now see their hopes of avoiding relegation hit hard. Dionisi waltzed round the goalkeeper from a Cozza ball over the top, but Lupoli pounced on a defensive error to equalise. Salernitana again went in front through Kyriazis' looping header. Ascoli thought they'd draw level when they were awarded a penalty for Peccarisi's foul, but Antenucci hit his spot-kick straight at the post. Caputo also thumped the woodwork for the visitors, but Ascoli came to life with Luci's screamer from 25 metres, Lupoli redirecting a scuffed Antenucci strike and in stoppages Tiboni finalising a counter-attack.
Crotone 0-3 Albinoleffe
Albinoleffe earned this comfortable success and even added to their tally after going down to 10 men. Torri netted after just eight minutes when two defenders collided, allowing him to go clear on goal. Degano's equaliser was disallowed for a push in the box and Torri saw red on 66 minutes. However, Leffe still managed to add another two goals with Cristiano's angled drive and Perico's tap-in.
Gallipoli 1-2 Padova
Padova earned a surprise away victory despite playing with 10 men for the final 23 minutes. Cuffa volleyed in a Patrascu free kick and Soncin made it 2-0 from point-blank range, but after Trevisan's dismissal the only fightback from Gallipoli was a Volpato tap-in.
Triestina 0-0 Vicenza
Triestina and Vicenza shared the spoils in this local derby, a result that suits the visitors rather more than the home team. Vicenza had two great chances to snatch the victory, but Gavazzi and Litteri couldn't beat Calderoni. Scurto saw red for Triestina after a last man foul.
Monday 8 March
Piacenza 0-0 Reggina
Both teams had to settle for a point apiece as Piacenza and Reggina played out a dour stalemate at the Stadio Leonardo Garilli. The result will not come as much help to either Biancorossi coach Massimo Ficcadenti or Amaranto boss Roberto Breda as the two sides look to ease their way out of the relegation mire. With hardly any action of note to speak of, the game was certainly a competitive encounter as no fewer than five yellow cards were dished out to both Tonucci and Avogradi for the home side while Costa, Lanzaro and Carmona were cautioned for the visitors.