Only one team prospered with victory away from home in this week’s set of matches, which featured eight home wins.
Albinoleffe v Reggina: Albinoleffe took themselves a point clear of the drop zone with a convincing win at home. The game started well with ex Roma keeper Ivan Pelizzoli saving an early penalty, this was followed by Francesco Ruopolo grabbing a brace. Reggina are still in big trouble near the foot of the table.
Ascoli v Crotone: Ascoli recorded a sound 3-1 victory by beating Crotone. Mirko Antenucci scored the first two of the game before a good move and poor goalkeeping lead to Marco Bernacci sneaking the ball in. Crotone scored a penalty but did not look like getting back in the game. They later had a player sent off and remain balancing on the edge of the drop zone.
Brescia v Padova: The home side started well, scoring through a good header from Simone Dallamano. It stayed like this until 52 minutes, and then followed a deluge of goals within 7 minutes. Andrea Caracciolo put Brescia two up, then Padova’s William Jidayi drove home from 20 yards. Davide Possanzini then made it 3-1 on 56 minutes before Matías Claudio Cuffa scored a scrappy effort on 59 minutes. Brescia managed to hold on are now in 7th place.
Cesena v Piacenza: A questionable penalty was converted by Guilherme Do Prado in a first-half Cesena dominated. They tied up the three points in the second-half with a brace from Marco Parolo. Cesena are now third and only three points from the top.
Cittadella v Torino: The “not so Great Torino” are not having an easy time of it at late. Problems with Ultras, players not travelling and poor form all pointed towards defeat. After Rolando Bianchi header ruled out for offside Torino’s heads dropped. Cittadella took advantage and scored twice through Matteo Ardemagni and Leonardo Pettinari.
Gallipoli v Modena: The home side played well in this Monday night fixture, creating many chances before Roberto D’Aversa rose to beat everyone including the ‘keeper to steal all three points.
Grosseto v Empoli: Grosseto wanted this game and it showed in the performance as they created chance after chance. They had to wait until 73 minutes to get the breakthrough when a free-kick was not cleared in the box and Mauricio Ferreira Pinilla scrambled the ball home.
Mantova v Ancona: Shock of the day was at the Stadio Danilo Martelli as second from bottom Mantova beat second place Ancona. Two good goals from Tomas Locatelli and Maurizio Nassi made sure the home side grabbed all three points on a quagmire of a pitch.
Sassuolo v Lecce: League leaders Lecce failed to profit on Ancona’s defeat as they were held to a 1-1 draw with Sassuolo. Lecce took the lead through Djamel Mesbah on 70 minutes but Sassuolo drew level five minutes later after some excellent passing allowed Alessandro Noselli to tap in. Sassuolo are now into fourth spot.
Triestina v Frosinone:A superb away victory for Frosinone saw Gennaro Troianello, Vincenzo Santoruvo and Alfredo Cariello all score to wash away the previous weeks 5-1 defeat to Ascoli.
Vicenza v Salernitana: The only 0-0 of the week saw endless chances missed and both keepers on form.. This result will do little to help bottom of the league Salernitana.
Serie B results – Week 21
Sunday January 10, 2010
Albinoleffe 2-0 Reggina
Ascoli 3-1 Crotone
Brescia 3-2 Padova
Cesensa 3-0 Piacenza
Cittadella 2-0 Torino
Mantova 2-0 Ancona
Sassuolo 1-1 Lecce
Triestina 0-3 Frosinone
Vicenza 0-0 Salernitana
Monday January 11, 2010
Gallipoli 1-0 Modena
Grosseto 1-0 Empoli