Saturday, 13 March 2010

Serie B - Week 29: Weekend Review

Friday 12 March
Vicenza 1-0 Brescia
Brescia played for over 70 minutes with 10 men and could do nothing to prevent a defeat against Vicenza. The Rondinelle could have scored the opener with Possanzini but the locals found the net at their very first attempt. A Sgrigna free-kick from the left flank was headed in by centre-back Martinelli. Then Rispoli saw red and it was all going against the visitors although they were unlucky to stay in the game following a Bjelanovic miss in the box. In the second half Vicenza controlled the pitch well and slowed the tempo down. Giosa was sent off before the end and that gave Brescia some hope but Fortin denied Budel in injury time.

Saturday 13 March
Lecce 1-5 Cittadella
Leaders Lecce were annihilated on home turf by on-form Cittadella, who burst into the promotion race with this five-star performance! The Salentini had drawn four on the trot and simply didn’t turn up for the first half. Ardemagni, a Bellazzini blaster into the top corner and Iunco tap-in from Bellazzini’s cross made it 3-0 in the opening 22 minutes. Bellazzini added to his tally by nutmegging the goalkeeper and straight after the restart Ardemagni drilled under the bar for his fourth goal in two games. Corvia converted a penalty for Nocentini’s foul, but it was scant consolation in this embarrassing defeat.

Ancona 2-1 Torino
Ancona severely dented Torino’s hopes of pushing into the play-off race with this fiery victory that saw three red cards. The home team were reeling from news that their one-point penalty for financial irregularities had been increased to two this weekend. Surraco broke through when his shot was palmed on to the inside of the post by Sereni, then moments later Mastronunzio risked a second. Leon had penalty appeals for a handling offence and Sereni was at full stretch to turn away Miramontes and Colacone efforts. Ancona eventually doubled their advantage when Sereni parried a Miramontes strike into the path of Colacone for 2-0. Toro tried to get back into the game with Bianchi’s 20th of the season, rising to nod in Leon’s cross, but moments later Loria saw red for dissent. The tension exploded in stoppages with Gerardi’s straight red for hacking down Zoboli, sparking a brawl in midfield that earned Leon a dismissal too.

Reggina 0-1 Modena
Reggina slide back towards the relegation zone, but Modena’s victory puts them within reach of the play-off places. The decisive moment of the match came just 14 minutes in, as Pinardi’s free kick found a Troiano header in the box. The home side poured forward and dominated possession, but could not make a dent in the Canarini defence, Montiel whistling the best chance wide.

Salernitana 0-0 Cesena
This point does precious little for either side, as Cesena waste an opportunity to get closer to the leaders, while Salernitana remain rooted to the foot of the table. Greco had the best chance of the first half with his header over the bar for Cesena, while Schelotto skimmed the woodwork after the break.

Sassuolo 0-1 Ascoli
Sassuolo had the chance to catch leaders Lecce, but fell into their own trap with a shock defeat on home ground. The Stadio Braglia side had a very bright start and dominated the first half, but could not break through with Lupoli skimming the woodwork and Micolucci’s close-range effort saved. Instead, Antenucci gave Ascoli the lead with their first real chance, finishing off Pesce’s counter with a shot across the face of goal. Sassuolo kept pushing, but Zampagna and Masucci missed the target.

Empoli 2-2 Gallipoli
Gallipoli fought back twice despite going down to 10 men in order to earn a surprise draw at the Empoli fortress. Coralli toe-poked in the opener after the ball had ricocheted around the box and Daino equalised on the stroke of half-time. The home side thought they had it sealed when Franchini brought down Vannucchi for a red card and penalty, coolly converted by Eder. However, within 120 seconds Daino smashed in a shot off the inside of the post to put 10-man Gallipoli back on level terms. Coralli wasted a great chance to grab the victory as the minnows held out under siege.

Frosinone 2-3 Piacenza
Piacenza are practically safe from the threat of relegation after putting perhaps the final nail in Frosinone’s promotion hopes. Santoruvo’s header opened the scoring early on and he could’ve had a second, but the second half was a different prospect. Guerra equalised with a daisy-cutter and Troianiello’s spectacular overhead kick threatened. Suddenly Piacenza sprung to life with Moscardelli’s screamer and Guzman left-foot strike. Troianiello did get one back under the bar from close range, but it was too late to avoid a second straight defeat.

Padova 2-0 Crotone
Padova had the points secured by half-time against a sluggish Crotone. Vantaggiato sprung the offside trap and, after Mendicino drilled a potential equaliser off target, Soncin got a lucky ricochet to double their lead. De Martino saw red in stoppages for a second bookable offence.

Monday 15 March
Grosseto 1-1 Mantova
Mantova can be proud of themselves as they unexpectly bagged a point at the Zecchini. The Biancorossi started surprisingly well and were denied after a few minutes by Aldegani. But Grosseto took control of the game straight after hitting the post with a screamer from Consonni. Still the visitors were quite dangerous on the counter and could have been awarded a penalty for a controversial tackle on Lambrughi, who was booked for simulation. But the locals found the opener shortly after with their centre-back Freddi following a cross from Carobbio. But the same Freddi brought down Caridi in the box only 120 seconds after his goal.The striker had no trouble scoring from the spot. Mantova did very well in the second half too as they controlled Grosseto and managed to get to the final whistle without conceding. Grosseto will feel disappointed but they didn't deserve to win this.

Albinoleffe 0-3 Triestina
Triestina bagged a comfortable win in the historically hostile Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia. The visitors netted two early goals which basically helped them finish the locals off. First it was Della Rocca to find the net with a precise touch and then Luoni added to Albinoleffe's wounds with an own goal. The Biancorossi could have also been awarded a penalty for a tackle on Pasquato. Albinoleffe created several chances in the second half but were denied by Calderoni. At the other end, Della Rocca and Stankovic created several openings but it was eventually Princivalli to net the third from the penalty spot.

Source: Football-Italia

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