Saturday, 20 March 2010

Serie B - Week 30: Weekend Review

Friday 19 March
Reggina 2-4 Lecce
Lecce have preserved their place at the top of the table despite some dire form, but got back on track with a crushing victory at the Granillo. Reggina had taken the lead through BarillĂ  and this lasted until the hour mark, when suddenly the visitors sprung to life. Under-21 international Marilungo bagged a hat-trick around Angelo's deflected strike. Cacia scored late on for Reggina, but it was mere consolation.

Piacenza 1-0 Ancona
Promotion candidates Ancona continued their unimpressive run of seven consecutive away defeats. Guerra scored the winner for Piacenza when he gathered from Moscardelli to thump an angled drive past Da Costa at the near post.

Cittadella 1-0 Salernitana
Cittadella notched up a fifth consecutive victory to leave bottom of the table Salernitana ever closer to relegation. Ardemagni proved decisive once again with his 15th of the campaign, a screamer from the edge of the box. To make matters worse, it was during this game that news filtered through of a six-point penalty for Salernitana.

Saturday 20 March
Cesena 3-1 Vicenza
Cesena continue their march on the promotion places and were helped by an early dismissal. Gatti had given Vicenza the lead with a daisy-cutter from the edge of the box, but soon after Malonga smashed in an equaliser and Ferri received his second yellow card. Forced to play for 73 minutes with 10 men, the visitors understandably capitulated. Malonga completed a great team move and, after a lot of pressure, Djuric nodded in Schelotto's cross to seal it.

Grosseto 2-2 Sassuolo
Pinilla continued his incredible form by taking his tally to 22 goals in 21 games this season, but Sassuolo staged a great comeback. The striker put Grosseto 2-0 up when he nodded in Carobbio’s corner, then converted a penalty for Gorzegno’s foul. The visitors need the points for their promotion push and Gorzegno made up for his error by getting one back with a header. Straight after the restart Masucci’s tap-in from a tight angle completed the comeback for 2-2. Both sides tried to win it in the second half, but could not find a way through.

Gallipoli 1-2 Brescia
Brescia made hard work of it, but came away with a crucial victory. Scaglia rattled the crossbar for Gallipoli early on, but the visitors started to put the pressure on and broke through on the stroke of half-time with Cordova’s free kick at the near post. Lazzari drilled wide before Arcari’s effort was palmed into the path of Artistico’s equaliser. Brescia turned this even tie in their direction with just four minutes left, as Dallamano’s left-foot strike flashed across the face of goal into the far bottom corner.

Modena 0-2 Torino
Torino snatched a valuable away victory, especially as they played the entire second half with 10 men. It was the best possible start for the Granata, who broke through just three minutes in with Barusso’s towering header. Scaglia and Bianchi wasted opportunities in a fiery first half, but just before the break scorer Barusso picked up two bookings in quick succession. Catellani thought he had equalised, but his backheel flick was ruled offside, as 10-man Modena poured forward. Bianco forced a desperate tackle out of Garofalo, though Torino took advantage to double their lead with D’Ambrosio’s counter-attack.

Triestina 1-0 Empoli
Triestina's early goal proved enough to take all three points, especially after Angella left Empoli with 10 men due to a second booking. Della Rocca took 120 seconds to break the deadlock with a right-foot strike from the edge of the box that arrowed its way into the top corner.

Crotone 3-0 Frosinone
Crotone caught Frosinone in the standings thanks to this crushing victory. Bonvissuto converted a soft penalty in first half stoppages, then Gabionetta smashed in from distance and Ginestra pounced on a defensive error.

Ascoli 1-1 Albinoleffe
Ascoli are kicking themselves, but at least managed to scrape a point. Bernacci wasted the opportunity to give them the lead by ballooning the penalty over the bar. Laner put Albinoleffe in front by spinning round in the box under pressure, though within four minutes the home side had drawn level thanks to Pelizzoli's howler on Lupoli.

Mantova 2-1 Padova
Pellicori got the decisive touch to redirect Spinale's angled drive, but Mantova did well to hold on under pressure and score their second against the run of play when Spinale knocked it down for Nassi. Late on Di Nardo made the most of a goalkeeping error to get a consolation goal for Padova.

Source: Football-Italia

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