Serie B round up week 35 – The promotion race takes another twist with Lecce, Sassuolo and Torino all dropping points whilst Brescia and Cesena take advantage.

Albinoleffe 1-1 Grosseto: Marco Turati got the away side off to a flying start with a glancing header that – in truth – the goalkeeper should have saved. The chance to go two up was squandered just after half time when Thomas Pichlmann’s penalty hit the cross bar. The home side capitalised upon this when Valerio Foglio hit a 20 yard screamer to ensure the spoils were shared.

Ascoli 1-0 Triestina: A solitary but well struck penalty from Mirko Antenucci after ten minutes was enough to settle this match. A poor result for Triestina who see themselves slip into the drop zone, with precious few games to go they will have work to do to guarantee safety.

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Brescia 3-1 Frosinone: Brescia powered their way into the promotion places with two goals in the first eight minutes of this game. The first was a thunder bolt from the edge of the box from Simone Dallamano. Two minutes later and Libor Kozák ran onto a defence splitting pass to nonchalantly chip the keeper. Brescia’s third came after the break when Davide Possanzini showed strength to turn and shoot from 20 yards, however, Vincenzo Santoruvo did manage to head in a consolation late on.

Cesena 3-1 Mantova: Giuseppe Colucci gave the home side the lead with a tap in before an inexplicable goalkeeping error saw Jasmin Handanovic drop the ball into his own goal for two. Maurizio Nassi’s header looked like giving the away side some hope but only one minute later Milan Djuric sealed the game with a header of his own.

Crotone 4-2 Modena: Denilson Marítimo Gabionetta’s stunning 25 yard dipping shot gave the home side the lead, this was doubled before half time through Ciro Ginestra’s penalty. After the break Domenico Girardi scored for Modena with help of a deflection before Denilson Marítimo Gabionetta was on hand again to slide in for three. Modena would not give up as Andrea Catellani smashed home from close range, but all thoughts of a comeback were dashed when Antonio Galardo scored a superb solo effort.


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Empoli 5-2 Salernitana: Bottom club Salernitana surprisingly went two nil up through a Federico Dionisi tap in and a Francesco Caputo header. That was as good as it got for the visitors as Citadin Eder went on to score four in a row! The first a crashing first time volley from the edge of the box, this was followed by two penalties each of which resulted in a sending off, before his forth which came from an incredible 25 yard rocket that gave the keeper no chance. Francesco Marianini scored Empoli’s final goal from close range.

Gallipoli 1-2 Cittadella: It would have been easy to miss the goals in this game as the first came for the home side on two minutes when Samuel Di Carmine volleyed in at the near post. This is how the game looked like it would end until with five minutes of stoppage time Joachim De Gasperi headed in the equaliser. Two minutes later and the unthinkable happened; they scored again this time Tommaso Bellazzini tapping in a rebound to complete a remarkable turnaround.

Padova 1-1 Lecce: League leaders Lecce were held by relegation bound Padova in what should have been a formality. Only four minutes had gone when Matias Claudio Cuffa headed in for the home side thanks to poor marking. Lecce’s equaliser came in the second half; a superb passing move saw Guido Marilungo getting the final touch.

Sassuolo 0-1 Reggina: Reggina climbed out of the drop zone and dealt a blow to Sassuolo’s promotion hopes at the same time. Franco Brienza left it late but with a minute to go he was found unmarked in the area and smashed the ball in off the post signalling dramatic celebrations.

Torino 1-1 Piacenza: Torino’s promotion hopes also took a blow late on. The home side had gone ahead through Rolando Bianchi‘s superb looping header. The game looked to be Torino’s, they had been unlucky not to have extended their lead, the post and goalkeeper both playing their part. Davide Moscardelli was the man who broke Toro’s hearts when he capitalised on a lucky ricochet to smash home from six yards in the last minute.

Vicenza 2-2 Ancona: A calm side footed finish from Roberto Colacone gave the away side the lead after twenty four minutes and it was the same man who doubled their advantage when he turned the defence inside out before crashing the ball home. Vicenza mounted a superb comeback in the second half when Sasa Bjelanovic scored an audacious scissor kick that has to be one of the goals of the season. They levelled through Massimo Margiotta when his alertness to a loose ball saw him find the net from six yards.



Albinoleffe 1-1 Grosseto

Ascoli 1-0 Triestina

Brescia 3-1 Frosinone

Cesena 3-1 Mantova

Crotone 4-2 Modena

Empoli 5-2 Salernitana

Gallipoli 1-2 Cittadella

Padova 1-1 Lecce

Sassuolo 0-1 Reggina

Torino 1-1 Piacenza

Vicenza 2-2 Ancona

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