Ancona 1-1 Lecce: Only a mixture of good goalkeeping and goal line clearances stopped this top of the table clash being a goal-fest. In the second-half Lecce took the lead through Djamel Mesbah but this was soon cancelled out through a header from Matías Miramontes. Lecce stay top Ancona slip to third.
Cittadella 1-1 Brescia: An early penalty was missed by Antimo Iunco for Cittadella and looked as though it would be costly when on 45 minutes Andrea Caracciolo scored a stunning half volley from 20 yards out. A late second and dubious penalty was put away by Matteo Ardemagni on 85 minutes to secure the points.
Crotone 1-2 Sassuolo: The Monday night game saw Sassuolo continue to climb the table as they recorded a late win. Gianluigi Bianco gave the away side the lead only to be cancelled out a short time later by an Antonino Bonvissuto penalty. Injury time provided the final drama when managed to sneak in the winner.
Frosinone 1-0 Salernitana: This game was all about one man and one goal. Gennaro Troianello won this match for the home side, his run started from deep, shimmying past defenders and then the ice cool finish, followed by the inevitable white hot celebrations. The delicate chip worthy of winning any game.
Gallipoli 1-4 Ascoli: Ascoli showed here that they do not want to get caught up in a relegation battle without a fight. A goal down after 5 minutes due to Ciro Ginestra, Ascoli responded through Arturo Lupoli and the game was levelled after 8 minutes. Mirko Antenucci (twice) and Vincenzo Sommese both made their way on to the score sheet to compound Gallipoli’s woes.
Modena 0-0 Padova: This game was an opportunity missed for Modena. Nothing was done to win the game and the score line remained as it started – three points would have moved them into 5th. Padova in 18th would have moved out of the relegation zone with a win so it was points dropped for both.
Piacenza 0-0 Empoli: The Stadio Leonardo Garilli saw Empoli knock at the door but Piacenza would not let them in. The away side have won once on their travels all season so still would have hoped to move up to fifth had they managed to beat a lowly Piacenza, who reside in 20th place.
Reggina 1-3 Cesena: The home side needed the points in this game and at half-time they looked on course after Maurizio Lanzaro had scored after 9 minutes. The second half saw Reggina implode as Marco Parolo equalised, and this was followed by a peach of a goal from Guilherme Do Prado. Reggina then missed a penalty before Christian Bucchi sealed the points in injury time.
Torino 4-1 Grosseto: Torino went a goal down as Thomas Pichlmann put the visitors ahead. The fans had boycotted this game and it proved to be a big mistake as Rolando Bianchi, Julio León, João Inácio Piá and Andrea Gasbarroni all scored as Torino put on a master class to continue there slow rise up the table.
Triestina 2-1 Mantova: The home side had tied this game up before Mantova worked out a reply. Emiliano Testini opened the scoring before more penalties this week in Serie B saw Denis Godeas miss for the home side. The next penalty was converted by Emiliano Testini before Mantova scored late through Matteo Lanzoni.
Vicenza 1-2 Albinoleffe: Alessandro Sgrigna scored a superb free-kick for the home side before Gabriele Perico equalised before the break. Simon Laner secured all three points for the visitors at the second time of asking.
Serie B results – Week 22
Friday January 15, 2010
Ancona 1-1 Lecce
Saturday 16 January, 2010
Cittadella 1-1 Brescia
Frosinone 1-0 Salernitana
Gallipoli 1-4 Ascoli
Modena 0-0 Padova
Piacenza 0-0 Empoli
Reggina 1-3 Cesena
Torino 4-1 Grosseto
Triestina 2-1 Mantova
Vicenza 1-2 Albinoleffe
Monday 18 January, 2010
Crotone 1-2 Sassuolo