Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Serie B - Week 35: Midweek Review

Tuesday 13 April
Padova 1-1 Lecce
Leaders Lecce only managed a point at the Euganeo. The Salentini went into this game with a huge seven-point lead at the top of the Serie B table, while Padova were a point above the drop zone. Nonetheless, after five minutes Rabito confused defenders to chop a cross for Cuffa's free header. Moments later Rosati denied Di Nardo from point-blank range and another Cuffa header was wide, while Di Michele's strike was parried and Corvia nodded inches past the post. Lecce drew level when Angelo set up Marilungo's close-range header.

Brescia 3-1 Frosinone
Brescia closed the gap on leaders Lecce to five points. They got off to the best possible start, taking a 2-0 lead within eight minutes. Kozak had already gone close before Dallamano's left-foot screamer and Kozak got his goal with a delightful chip. Frosinone threatened on the stroke of half-time when a Martinez header whistled wide, but Possanzini extended the Rondinelle's advantage by pouncing on a defensive error. Stellone saw red to complete Frosinone's bad night, though Santoruvo's late header was scant consolation.

Cesena 3-1 Mantova
Cesena were caught in second place at the weekend and expected to push past struggling Mantova. Colucci opened the scoring when his free kick looped into the net with nobody able to get a touch to it. Abate skimmed the post for a potential equaliser, but Mantova shot themselves in the foot when goalkeeper Handanovic clumsily pushed a corner into his own net. A Carrus free kick was palmed away and Ronaldo thumped the upright from the edge of the box, all leading up to Mantova getting back into the match through Nassi nodding in. However, 60 seconds later Djuric's looping header restored the two-goal cushion.

Sassuolo 0-1 Reggina
A last-gasp goal from Brienza caused a huge upset. Joint second welcomed a Reggina side desperate to avoid relegation. It was a relatively even first half, as Martinetti's header and a Tedesco left-foot screamer whistled just wide of the woodwork. After the break Fusani scraped a coat of paint off the upright. There was a huge upset at the death, as Reggina took a shock lead with Brienza's daisy-cutter.

Torino 1-1 Piacenza
Toro needed a boost after their defeat to Lecce at the weekend, but were pegged back in stoppages. Guerra and Loria had early chances, but Bianchi broke the deadlock after 25 minutes when rising to nod a Gasbarroni cross at the back post. Sereni was called into a series of tough saves on Moscardelli, but after the break Torino should've extended their advantage when Inacio Pia trapped a Gasbarroni cross to thump the upright. Instead Moscardelli snatched Piacenza's equaliser in the final minute by smashing in at the near post.

Albinoleffe 1-1 Grosseto
Grosseto wasted the opportunity to take the full points in Bergamo. Turati had made the most of a Pelizzoli howler to give them the lead and a second was on the cards when Luoni brought down Esposito, but Pichlmann fired his penalty on to the crossbar. Luoni saw red for that last man foul, but 10-man Albinoleffe surprisingly rallied to equalise through Foglio’s screamer.

Gallipoli 1-2 Cittadella
Gallipoli thought they had the win in the bag after leading for 90 minutes, but it all fell apart in stoppages. Di Carmine scored just 80 seconds into the match and Cittadella showed few signs of changing that situation until injury time. In the space of two minutes De Gasperi nodded in a corner kick and Bellazzini turned the game around completely to send Gallipoli to a fourth consecutive defeat.

Vicenza 2-2 Ancona
Ancona threw away a 2-0 lead at the Stadio Menti. Colacone had a brace in the first half and thought he had secured the spoils with two right-foot strikes, one rising and the other into the bottom corner, from Surraco assists. Straight after the restart Margiotta redirected a free kick from eight yards, quickly followed by Bjelanovic's equaliser.

Crotone 4-2 Modena
Crotone saw off plucky Modena in a second consecutive victory. It was a thoroughly entertaining match that kicked off with Gabionetta firing into the top corner, then Ginestra’s penalty for a Catellani handling offence. Girardi got the Canarini back into the game with the aid of a deflection, but Gabionetta’s brilliant solo effort restored the cushion. Catellani made up for his earlier error with an angled drive, but again Galardo went on a slalom to secure the 4-2 scoreline.

Empoli 5-2 Salernitana
Eder made like Leo Messi and scored four in this bizarre seven-goal encounter. Bottom of the table Salernitana are practically relegated, but took a shock 2-0 lead at the Castellani to threaten Empoli's unbeaten home record. Dionisi broke through by drilling under the bar with his right foot, followed quickly by Caputo's header from a Capone set play. However, Eder sprung to life to wipe out the lead in five minutes. First his right-foot strike flashed into the bottom corner, then Pepe gave away a penalty and a second yellow card, allowing Eder to convert the spot-kick. Iuliano also saw red when providing Eder with another penalty, then he completed his poker moments later against nine-man Salernitana. Marianini got a fifth in the final minutes with a right-foot finish.

Ascoli 1-0 Triestina
Ascoli won the relegation dogfight thanks to an early spot-kick converted by Antenucci, as Nef had dragged down Silvestri during a corner. A save on Giorgi and poor finishing from Pesce kept the scoreline down, though Triestina went close late on through Della Rocca.

Source: Football-Italia

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