The title race gathers momentum as Lecce and Sassuolo record good away wins, now sitting level on points at the top of the table
Ancona 2-1 Albinoleffe: Ancona made ground on getting back into the promotion places by fighting hard to come back from a goal down. Francesco Ruopoloc’s goal after only a minute was responded to from Federico Gerardi 10 minutes later. It was left to Matías Martín Miramontes top score a fine winning goal from a flowing move.
Cittadella 1-1 Cesena: Cesena will see this game as two points dropped in their search for promotion. A bizarre attempted tip over by ‘keeper Simone Villanova went wrong and ended up in the back of the net, Giuseppe Greco took the credit. Antimo Iunco then equalised for the home side with a fantastic half volley. Cesena should, however, have had the game wrapped up.
Crotone 2-1 Empoli: Crotone stopped the rot when they welcomed Brescia to the Pier Cesare Tombolato. First a penalty from Ciro Ginestrathen a goal from Denilson Gabionetta was enough to clinch the match. Empoli scored in the last minute through Citadin Éder but this was too little too late.
Frosinone 0-4 Lecce: Lecce smashed Frosinone signalling that they were ready to take on the title pretenders. Gianni Munari started the rout on 13 minutes, and this was followed by a brace from Guido Marilungo, a player who is looking more and more like he belongs in the top flight. The final indignity for Frosinone came in the 75th minute courtesy of David Di Michele.
Gallipoli 2-2 Grosseto: The Monday night game saw Rey Volpato put the home side ahead after only 10 minutes. They then added a second and seemed to seal the game through Massimillano Scaglia. A penalty on half-time from Mauricio Ferreira Pinilla put the away team back in the game and on 53 minutes Mauro Esposito equalised.
Mantova 0-0 Ascoli: Mantova desperately needed three points to keep them out the drop zone whilst Ascoli could have moved a significant number of places up the table with a win. A game with so much at stake was played out in poor fashion. The game ended as it started – 0-0.
Modena 1-0 Salernitana: Salernitana are bottom of the table and are losing as many games as they play. The frustrating thing for their fans is that they are fighting hard and getting nothing in return. This game was much the same, a tight affair settled by a penalty from Alex Pinardi.
Piacenza 1-0 Padova: This was one of the games of the week and testament to the claim that Italian football has a knack of producing superb goalkeepers. Both custodians were in impeccable form before a ball into the box was met with a delicate flick from Davide Moscardelli, this was enough to settle the game.
Torino 1-1 Brescia: The Olimpico Grande Torino saw Sampdoria target Andrea Caracciolo finish well to give the away side an early lead. Former Atalanta front man Rolando Bianchi equalised for an improving Torino but the game had no more goals and ended 1-1.
Triestina 0-1 Sassuolo: The goal of the week was scored in this game as Sassuolo secured top spot in the division. Daniele Quadrini pounced on the rebound from a free kick to execute a superb drive that not only pierced the Triestina wall it actually threatened to break the home teams net. This was a goal that was worthy of winning any match.
Vicenza 3-1 Reggina: Whilst Reggina go into free-fall, Vicenza look like they are set to secure a comfortable mid-table spot. Ivan Castiglia missed a penalty for the away side before ex-Chelsea man Valerio Di Cesare, and Gianluca Litteri put the home side ahead. Reggina responded through vetran striker Franco Brienza before Alessandro Sgrigna stole all three points.
Serie B Weekly round up: Week 24
Friday 5 February, 2010
Torino 1-1 Brescia
Saturday 6 February, 2010
Ancona 2-1 Albinoleffe
Cittadella 1-1 Cesena
Crotone 2-1 Empoli
Frosinone 0-4 Lecce
Mantova 0-0 Ascoli
Modena 1-0 Salernitana
Piacenza 1-0 Padova
Triestina 0-1 Sassuolo
Vicenza 3-1 Reggina
Monday 8 February, 2010
Gallipoli 2-2 Grosseto