Ascoli 1-1 Grosseto: Mauricio Ferreira Pinilla scored once again in Grosseto colours, this time sliding in to connect with a good cross from Ferdinando Vitofrancesco. Ascoli came back well and in the second half a delightful through ball from Arturo Lupoli found Mirko Antenucci who slotted under the keeper to make the final score 1-1.
Brescia 1-0 Mantova: Brescia were in full control of this game when Mantova’s Alessandro Lambrughi was adjudged to have fouled in the box – Andrea Caracciolo converted the resulting penalty. Caracciolo was sent off later in the game for dissent but Brescia still pressed on and comfortably acquired all three points.
Cesena 0-2 Ancona: Matías Martin Miramontes was on the score sheet for the away side after just three minutes, his free kick deceiving the stranded Cesena goalkeeper. The second came from the penalty spot in the last minute when Salvatore Mastronunzio slotted home – despite replays suggesting that the foul may have been committed outside the box.
Empoli 2-2 Lecce: League leaders Lecce went two goals up early on. The first was converted by Mariano de Almeida Angelo after a fine flowing move. The second swiftly followed – a tap-in from Daniele Corvia. Empoli, however, fought back, reducing the deficit with a 35th minute Citadin Eder penalty. Empoli were impressive throughout the second half and snatched a much deserved point just four minutes from time – Eder’s powerful shot from the edge of the box sufficient to hold the champions elect.
Gallipoli 1-5 Albinoleffe: Simon Laner’s opener for the away side was soon followed with an equalising penalty from Mario Artistico. Mehmet Hetemaj volleyed home for two for the away side before Andrea Cristiano’s flying header and Marco Cellini angled volley made it three and then four. Francesco Ruopolo completed the rout, slotting the ball underneath the Gallipoli goalkeeper to ensure the home team now hold the unenviable record of ‘most goals conceded at home’.
Padova 2-2 Cittadella: Referee Roberto Rosetti decided that this derby game needed spicing up and unbelievably awarded three penalties. The first was scored by Cittadella’s Emanuele Pesoli before the away side made it two through Antimo Iunco’s penalty ten minutes later. Both penalty decisions were questionable but Padova got themselves back in the game through a poachers goal from Antonio Di Nardo. Daniele Vantaggiato scored Padova’s equaliser from 12 yards – another questionable refereeing decision.
Piacenza 1-0 Crotone: A high cross was volleyed hard into the ground from Mikhail Sivakou before it looped over the Crotone goalkeeper on seventy seven minutes. This would prove to be the only goal of the game and an important one taking Piacenza four points off the drop zone.
Salernitana 0-2 Reggina: Bottom club Salernitana’s awful season continued as they were well beaten by Reggina. Simone Missiroli produced a moment of magic with a delightful overhead kick after only sixteen minutes. The second came from Franco Brienza when his quick feet and icy composure saw him slot passed the keeper to put the game beyond doubt.
Sassuolo 2-1 Frosinone: A fine strike from eighteen yards saw Gaetano Masucci give the home side the lead before a moment of pure genius saw Roberto Stellone hook a first time volley into the corner from an acute angle for the equaliser. Sassuolo fought hard and were rewarded when Alessandro Noselli arrowed a thirty yard screamer into the top corner. Roberto Stellone then won and missed a penalty, a fine save from Walter Bressan ensuring Sassuolo would take all three points.
Torino 1-0 Triestina: Torino continued their fine form, lifting themselves to the heady heights of third position with a victory over Triestina. However, they had to wait until the final minutes of the game for Simone Loria to head in from Julio Leon’s corner – a goal epitomising the never-say-die attitude that has started to typify the team.
Vicenza 1-1 Modena: Vicenza went a goal down after eleven minutes when Juri Tamburni’s powerful drive beat everyone in its path. The home side fought hard and in the final minutes they were rewarded with an equaliser as Massimo Margiotta rose above everyone to head home.