Saturday, 27 March 2010

Serie B - Week 32: Weekend Review

Saturday 27 March
Lecce 1-0 Gallipoli
Leaders Lecce made very tough work of this local derby with troubled Gallipoli. Vives and Mesbah had chances charged down in quick succession, but there was a huge opportunity at the dawn of the second half. Terranova was one-on-one with Sciarrone, but the goalkeeper stuck out a foot to deflect it for a corner. Marilungo's header skimmed the upright and Sciarrone was again decisive on Giacomazzi's attempt and a Di Michele free kick. With four minutes left, Corvia volleyed an angled drive in from the back post to give Lecce a third consecutive victory.

Albinoleffe 1-1 Brescia
The Lombardy derby got off to a fiery start at the Stadio Azzurri d’Italia. Within the first 11 minutes Cellini’s screamer had been palmed out for a corner and goalkeeper Arcari beat away a Ruopolo strike only to be beaten by Cellini’s follow-up. Moments later Brescia equalised with a Cordova right-foot finish into the bottom right corner. Cellini was a constant danger, while saves were needed to deny Caracciolo’s shot with the outside of his foot and a Laner header.

Cittadella 0-0 Sassuolo
Sassuolo fall further behind leaders Inter following this stalemate, but considering Cittadella's own form it is to be considered a precious point. Iunco hit the side-netting and his header also forced a desperate save out of Bressan. Sassuolo also had chances when Manganelli's strike and a Masucci angled drive were palmed out for corners.

Grosseto 1-1 Cesena
This was effectively an early promotion play-off between the two form teams in Serie B right now and the debut of Grosseto Coach Maurizio Sarri after the shock departure of Elio Gustinetti. Cesena threatened with a great save on Do Prado, but they went 1-0 down on the stroke of half-time, as Pinilla converted a penalty for Lauro's shirt-tug on Turati. The second half was barely a minute old when Turati's mistimed tackle on Giaccherini allowed Do Prado to even out the scores with another spot-kick. Job fired a few chances just wide, but there were no more goals.

Frosinone 1-1 Ancona
Frosinone can't seem to get a break recently and were pegged back by play-off hopefuls Ancona. Stellone had given the home side the lead by nodding in a corner kick for his first goal of the season. Mastronunzio tested the goalkeeper, but Frattali could do nothing on Schiattarella's daisy-cutter. Stellone almost won it at the death, but Da Costa performed a stunning reaction save to deny his header.

Ascoli 2-1 Empoli
Ascoli confirmed Empoli's poor away record with this victory. Amoroso took just four minutes to break through with a splendid solo effort, dribbling through the defence to blast in from the D. Antenucci sprung the offside trap on an Amoroso through ball to double their lead, while Coralli's tap-in from a corner was mere consolation.

Mantova 1-0 Vicenza
Mantova won an extraordinary match againt all the odds. Reduced to 10 men after just seven minutes when Fissore brought down Bjelanovic during a clear scoring opportunity, they still went in front with Tarana's spectacular volley from 30 metres. Not only could Vicenza not break down 10-man Mantova, but Pellicori wasted the chance to make it 2-0 from the spot.

Modena 0-1 Piacenza
Piacenza earned a surprise victory away to high-flying Modena in a game that many bookmakers had expected to end in a stalemate. Foti got the only goal when he bundled the ball over the line from close range. Moscardelli wasted a great opportunity by firing straight at the goalkeeper.

Triestina 2-1 Padova
Triestina won the local derby to make up for the midweek disappointment against Gallipoli. Magliocchetti palmed a shot into the path of Cottafava for the opener and Patrascu's free kick drew level on the stroke of half-time despite the goalkeeper trying to keep it off the line. Colombo secured the points with an acrobatic finish.

Crotone 2-0 Salernitana
Salernitana are practically doomed to the drop now and gave little resistance to Crotone. Ginestra opened the scoring with his volley from a corner kick, then late on De Martino's effort took a decisive deflection off Fava.

Sunday 28 March
Reggina 1-2 Torino
Torino did just about enough to secure a third consecutive victory that puts them in the thick of the promotion race, but Reggina are now second-from-bottom after a game they largely dominated. Valdez had put the home side in front when nodding in Tedesco's free kick and there were several chances to double the lead, including Carmona denied by the crossbar. However, in the second half Marino's howler allowed a Bianchi header through and Garofalo's free kick squirmed past the goalkeeper.

Source: Football-Italia

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