Serie B action round-up – Week 1

The Italian domestic season kicked off on Friday night with 10 of the 11 Serie B fixtures taking place. Hot favourites for immediate promotion Torino, had an excellent start to the campaign with a 3-0 victory at Grosseto. A brace from Rolando Bianchi and David Di Michele ensured Stefano Colantuono’s side got off to a flying start. Another one of last season’s relegated sides Lecce also got off to a perfect start dismantling Ancona 3-0 at the Via del Mare – a double strike from Frenchman Alain Baclet and one from Franco Lepore got their season off and running. Empoli caught the eye in pre season and are strongly fancied to contest the promotion places this term, an impressive 2-0 opening day home win over Piacenza seemed to confirm their potential, with midfield dynamo Francesco Lodi claiming the opener from the penalty spot and Brazilian new boy Eder sealing the points five minutes from time. Frosinone managed an unlikely victory in Salerno as they beat their hosts 1-2, Vincenzo Santoruvo and Migjen Basha put the Canarini out of reach despite Francesco Caputo grabbing a late consolation goal for the hosts. After a torrid summer of takeover speculation, new boys Gallipoli earned a respectable 1-1 draw at Ascoli, Francesco Di Gennaro gave the visitors a surprise lead on 27 minutes but the home side levelled on 58 minutes thanks to Alessandro Romeo. Another Serie B newcomer Padova, produced the result of the weekend with a 1-0 home win over a rejuvenated Modena – Antonio Di Nardo’s 68 minute strike was enough to secure all three points. Crotone’s return to the second tier of Italian football saw them go down 2-0 to last season’s surprise package Sassuolo. The Neroverdi will look to get close to the top again this campaign, and goals from Luigi Riccio and Swiss defender Jonathan Rossini got them off to the perfect start.

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Brescia are another of the division’s heavyweights. The managed an unspectacular 1-0 home win over Cittadella with Francesco Bega being the unlikely match winner, but it was enough to get their season off and running. In Bergamo Albinoleffe fought out an entertaining 2-2 draw with Vicenza – the visitors took the lead through an Alessandro Sgrigna penalty which was quickly cancelled out when hot shot Marco Cellini also netted from the spot. After the break, the hosts took the lead thanks to Andrea Cristiano but 15 minutes from time the Biancorossi earned a well deserved point with a goal from Daniele Martinelli. The only blank score line of the opening weekend came at the Stadio Martelli, where hosts Mantova were unable to overcome visitors Triestina. In the final game of the weekend, Reggina started their quest for a quick return to the top flight with a 1-0 win at newly promoted Cesena, Nicolas Viola grabbing the winner three minutes from time.


Serie B results – Week 1

Friday August 21, 2009

Albinoleffe – Vicenza 2-2

Ascoli – Gallipoli 1-1

Brescia – Cittadella 1-0

Empoli – Piacenza 2-0

Grosseto – Torino 0-3

Lecce – Ancona 3-0

Mantova – Triestina 0-0

Padova – Modena 1-0

Salernitana – Frosinone 1-2

Sassuolo – Crotone 2-0

Monday August 24, 2009

Cesena – Reggina 0-1

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