Sunday, 30 May 2010

Promotion joy for Lecce and Cesena

LecceLecce and Cesena were promoted to Serie A on an enthralling final day of the Serie B season.

CesenaLuigi De Canio's Lecce, having wasted opportunities to make sure of automatic promotion in their last two matches, are celebrating an immediate return to the top flight after a goalless home draw with Sassuolo clinched the second division title.

Cesena accompany the Salentini into Serie A, with Marco Parolo giving them a 1-0 win at Piacenza which sealed the runners-up spot and ended a 19-year exile from the top division and sealed a second successive promotion for Pierpaolo Bisoli's men.

Brescia, who had started the day in second place, slipped up with a 2-1 defeat at Padova meaning they will join Sassuolo, Torino and Cittadella in the four-team play-offs to determine the third and final promotion spot.

At the other end of the table, Mantova have been relegated to Lega Pro Prima Divisione after they could only manage a 2-2 draw at Ancona. They will now join Salernitana and Gallipoli in Italian football's third tier next season, with the bottom two already relegated before the last day.

The fourth and final relegation spot will be determined by a two-legged play-out tie between Triestina and Padova, who finished 18th and 19th respectively.

Vicenza, Reggina, Ancona, Modena and Frosinone all went into the final day of the season in danger of the relegation spots, but they are safe as the three teams that started the day in those positions, ended it that way.

Serie B 2009-10: Play-off/Play-out Schedule
Play-off Semi-Final, First Leg
Wednesday 2 June 2010
Torino 1-1 Sassuolo (1730)
Cittadella 0-1 Brescia (2000)
Play-off Semi-Final, Second Leg
Sunday 6 June 2010
Brescia 0-1 Cittadella (1730, Agg: lp1-1)
Sassuolo 1-2 Torino (2000, Agg: 2-3)
Play-off Final, First Leg
Wednesday 9 June 2010
Torino 0-0 Brescia (1945)
Play-off Final, Second Leg
Sunday 13 June 2010
Brescia 2-1 Torino (1945, Agg: 2-1)

Play-out Final, First Leg
Friday 4 June 2010
Padova 0-0 Triestina (1945)
Play-out Final, Second Leg
Saturday 12 June 2010
Triestina 0-3 Padova (1945, Agg: 0-3)

Source: Lega Calcio

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