Friday, 2 April 2010

Serie B - Week 33: Weekend Review

Friday 2 April
Empoli 2-2 Lecce
Empoli's unbeaten home record was shaken, but did not tumble, as Lecce slow down their march towards promotion. Before this result, the Tuscans had only conceded 10 goals all season at the Stadio Castellani, but were 2-0 down after 18 minutes. Angelo's deflected angled drive was followed by Corvia meeting Bertolacci's cross from close range. Empoli fought back with Rosati parrying from Eder and D'Amico, but he brought down Eder for a penalty. The second half saw more Rosati saves to deny Coralli, but Defendi and Marilungo went close for the visitors. With four minutes to go, Empoli completed their comeback with Coralli knocking it down for Eder's daisy-cutter.

Sassuolo 2-1 Frosinone
Frosinone were kicking themselves after wasting the chance to stop a Sassuolo side who instead go into second place. Masucci had put the home team in front early on with a screamer from distance and there were more chances through Riccio and Martinetti. Towards half-time the tempo dipped and allowed Frosinone back into it, as Stellone first hit the bar and then tapped in the equaliser. Masucci also rattled the woodwork before Noselli netted, but there was a huge scare late on. Stellone was brought down – probably outside the box – and stepped up to take the penalty himself, denied by a brilliant Bressan save.

Torino 1-0 Triestina
Torino have been the form team in Serie B recently and scraped a last-gasp win despite playing with 10 men for over an hour. Barusso’s header bounced off the turf to strike the upright, but the Granata’s plans changed after Pestrin foolishly headbutted an opponent in an off-the-ball incident, which will no doubt earn him a lengthy ban. Despite the red card, Toro continued to take the initiative with Loria unable to meet Gasbarroni’s cross and saves to deny Garofalo and Genevier. Triestina had their chances too, most notably with Sereni parrying from Cottafava, but few could argue Toro didn’t deserve their dramatic victory. At the 93rd minute Loria rose to nod in Leon’s corner kick and send the home fans wild.

Cesena 0-2 Ancona
Cesena suffered a shock defeat and slide to fourth place, especially as it is Ancona’s first away win since November. Miramontes curled in a free kick almost immediately and his teammates defended resolutely against attacks from Do Prado, Petras and Giaccherini. At the 85th minute Da Costa’s remarkable save denied Djuric a free header that would’ve levelled the scores. Ancona survived the scare and soon after Colucci tripped Surraco for a Mastronunzio spot-kick.

Brescia 1-0 Mantova
Caracciolo was hero and villain at the Rigamonti, as he scored the only goal of the game and was sent off, but Brescia still held on for the win. Lambrughi pulled back Berardi as a corner was whipped in, so the referee awarded a penalty that Caracciolo converted for his first goal in six rounds. Pellicori and Salviato threatened an equaliser, while only a goalline clearance denied Dallamano’s cross-shot. Caracciolo took his protests too far after a booking and saw red, but the Rondinelle clammed up effectively.

Ascoli 1-1 Grosseto
Ascoli fought back to grab a point in a classic game of two halves. Pinilla had several chances before he broke through by redirecting a deflected Vitofrancesco cross. Grosseto had dominated the first half, but were under constant pressure after the break with D’Agostino, Antenucci and Pesce going close. Antenucci finally found a way through 10 minutes from time by meeting Lupoli’s assist.

Padova 2-2 Cittadella
Padova fought back from 2-0 down to earn a point in this local derby. Darmian tripped Oliveira for a penalty that Pesoli coolly converted on the stroke of half-time, but it was to be the first of three spot-kicks in this game. Trevisan held back Cherubin for another penalty, this time scored by Iunco. Padova never gave in and completed an impressive comeback when Di Nardo flicked in with the outside of his boot and Dalla Bona brought down Trevisan for a Vantaggiato spot-kick.

Vicenza 1-1 Modena
A last-gasp goal earned Nedo Sonetti a point on his Vicenza debut. Tamburini thought he had done enough to secure the spoils for Modena with his fine volley after 10 minutes, as there were few real chances other than saves on Bjelanovic and Madonna. Deep into stoppages Margiotta rose to nod in Sgrigna’s corner kick and snatch an equaliser.

Salernitana 0-2 Reggina
Salernitana are practically relegated now, but Reggina are still putting up a genuine fight with their second consecutive away win. Missiroli’s acrobatic volley and a Brienza solo run that saw him waltz from the centre-circle to score proved enough to sink a dismal Salernitana side. Carmona’s free kick hit the woodwork in the second half.

Gallipoli 1-5 Albinoleffe
Gallipoli’s crisis shows no signs of abating, as it was one-way traffic on the debut of new Coach Ezio Rossi. Laner’s poached opener was cancelled out by an Artistico penalty, but Albinoleffe were dominant. Hetemaj met a corner kick with his volley, Cristiano’s diving header, a Cellini screamer and Ruopolo counter-attack rounded out the embarrassing scoreline.

Piacenza 1-0 Crotone
A disappointing match looked like it was going to end goalless at the Garilli until 12 minutes from time. Sivakov scuffed his volley on a Moscardelli cross, but it still squeezed past Concetti. Crotone had the opportunity to equalise late on, but Morleo hit the upright and Beati somehow failed to turn in the rebound.

Source: Football-Italia

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