Serie B action round-up – Week 2

Week 2 of Serie B saw most of the games kick-off on Saturday evening. Early pace setters Lecce were derailed in Piacenza. The hosts went into a three goal lead thanks to two goals from Tommaso Bianchi and one from striker Alessandro Tulli, but a renaissance by the visitors in the last 20 minutes saw them score two quick goals, Marino Defendi’s strike was quickly followed by a Guillermo Giacomazzi penalty to leave Fabrizio Castori’s side hanging on for the final 15 minutes to claim their first three points of the season. Reggina failed to capitalise on their opening day win in Cesena as they were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Padova. Franco Brienza put the Amaranto ahead after 13 minutes but striker Edgar Cani levelled for the visitors on 38 minutes to leave honours even. Modena’s poor start to the campaign continued as they lost at home to Ascoli. The Bianconeri went in front shortly after half time through a goal from Alessandro Romeo, and this was doubled on 69 minutes when Marco Bernacci got his first goal of the campaign. Three minutes from time, Modena got a consolation through Simone Gozzi leaving caretaker Coach Luigi Apolloni facing an early exit from the hot seat at the Stadio Alberto Braglia. Triestina got their first three points of the new season with a 1-0 win at the Stadio Nereo Rocco against Grosseto. Swiss defender Alain Nef’s first half strike condemned the Grifone to their second consecutive defeat.

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Crotone played host to Brescia in a match played behind closed doors due to a security problem at the Stadio Ezio Scida. The supporters were the lucky ones as the game finished goalless. Two of the newly promoted sides went head to head as Gallipoli entertained Cesena. The visitors grabbed all three points thanks to second half strikes from Emanuele Giaccherini and Brazilian Guilherme Do Prado. Frosinone share joint top position in the classifica with their second straight win, this time a 1-0 home win over Mantova which was decided by a Fabio Mazzeo strike late in the second half. Sassuolo seem to have carried on their good form from last season as they held Vicenza to a 1-1 draw at the Romeo Menti. The home side led after 31 minutes through Alessandro Sgrigna but the visitors equalised five minutes after the break with a Gaetano Masucci strike. Cittadella’s season is off and running with a 2-1 home win over AlbinoLeffe. The Celeste got their noses in front after just five minutes thanks to defender Dario Bergamelli but the hosts secured victory with two quick fire strikes just before the interval from Leonardo Petinari and Matteo Ardemagni. Ancona took their first three points of the season with a home win over Salernitana. Roberto Colcacone put the Dorici ahead on 35 minutes, and four minutes into second half injury time Luciano Zavagno sealed the points to leave the Granata pointless after two rounds of matches. Monday night’s big clash took place at the Stadio Olimpico in Turin. Stefano Colantuono’s Torino took on a resurgent Empoli. After a cagey first 45 minutes, the home side blew their opponents away in the final 30 minutes. David Di Michele chalked up his second of the season on 60 minutes, former Empoli defender Francesco Pratali doubled the advantage on 71 minutes, and Rolando Bianchi wrapped up all three points on 86 minutes with his third strike of the campaign as the Turin giants grabbed top spot.

Serie B results – Week 2

Saturday August 29, 2009

Ancona – Salernitana 2-0

Cittadella – AlbinoLeffe 2-1

Crotone – Brescia 0-0

Frosinone – Mantova 1-0

Gallipoli – Cesena 0-2

Modena – Ascoli 1-2

Piacenza – Lecce 3-2

Reggina – Padova 1-1

Triestina – Grosseto 1-0

Vicenza – Sassuolo 1-1

Monday August 31, 2009

Torino – Empoli 3-0

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