Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Serie B Play-offs: Toro held by Brescia

Promotion to Serie A will be decided on Sunday, as Torino were held to a 0-0 home draw by Brescia in the Play-off final first leg.

One of these two clubs will be playing in the top-flight next season and it'll be decided in the return match at the Stadio Rigamonti.

Away goals do not count, so if the tie ends level on aggregate after 90 minutes and extra time, Brescia will win thanks to their superior league position during the season.

Morello rushed off his line to close down Possanzini outside the box, then Arcari was forced into a diving save to parry Bianchi’s daisy-cutter.

Loria nodded over the bar and Barusso troubled the Brescia goalkeeper with a couple of long-range efforts.

Straight after the restart Possanzini had a good chance to give Brescia the lead, but his shot was eventually charged down in the area.

Toro had far more of the ball, though, and went close twice in quick succession. First Gasbarroni’s strike was palmed over the bar, then the resulting corner for Loria’s header forced another save out of Arcari.

Morello also had to work for his wages, as moments later Budel’s brilliant curler was heading for the top corner before the Toro goalkeeper flew to fingertip it away.

Again, from the next set piece Morello acrobatically parried the Rispoli cross-shot as Brescia started to pour forward midway through the second half.

Rispoli and Baiocco got in each others’ way as Zambelli’s tempting pass went begging.

But then Torino weathered the storm and began to push hard in front of the home fans, as Arcari denied a deflected Gasbarroni shot and Barusso’s absolute screamer from 30 metres.

Gasbarroni wasted a wonderful opportunity at the 88th minute by volleying over from close range.

Brescia ended the match with 10 men, as Budel received his second yellow card and will be suspended for the decider on Sunday.

Arma did put the ball in the net for Toro deep into stoppages, but play had already been halted for a debatable shirt-tug on Martinez.

[Serie B Play-off & Play-out Reviews]

Source: Football-Italia

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