Ancona 1-1 Grosseto: The home side took the lead through a well taken volley from Federico Gerardi. However, they were then on the back foot as Grosseto pressed them hard. Thomas Pichlmann’s 86th minute equaliser ensured the spoils were shared.
Crotone 2-0 Triestina: A deep cross and a good header forced Alex Calderoni to make a fine save in the Triestina goal – unfortunately for him, the ball landed at the feet of Federico Viviani who blasted home the opener. The home side sealed the victory when Denilson Marítimo Gabionetta added the second with a rasping drive from the corner of the area.
Empoli 1-2 Brescia: Brescia took a giant stride towards securing second spot with a hard-fought win against Empoli. A towering header from veteran Davide Possanzini put the high-flying away side in front, before Citadin Eder drilled a free kick through the Brescia to equalise just six minutes later. Brescia, however, fought on – despite seeing there own cross bar struck again from Eder they managed to capitalise on a set piece themselves, Andrea Caracciolo managing to loop an 84th minute header into the Empoli net.
Frosinone 0-2 Cesena: Cesena took up third spot with this crucial away win, leaving Frosinone in real trouble near the bottom. Failure to clear a loose ball allowed Emanuele Giaccherini to squeeze in a shot from an acute angle for the opener. The second goal wrapped the game up three minutes from time when Dominique Malonga was allowed to much space and – after dancing round a defender – he crashed the ball into the roof of the net.
Lecce 2-1 Albinoleffe: Lecce are almost Champions and are in superb form. Thus, it came as something of a surprise when the away side took the lead – a fortunate deflection leaving Davide Bombardini only the smallest of corners to sneak the ball into. The equaliser came right on half time when appalling handling from Stefano Layeni saw him drop the corner and Guido Marilungo pounced to slot home. The winner came when Daniele Corvia pounced on a loose ball to chip the grounded keeper from three yards out.
Modena 2-1 Cittadella: Gennaro Volpe silenced the fans at the Stadio Alberto Braglia when he unleashed a first time rocket from fully twenty yards. The equaliser came soon afterwards as good work in the penalty area made space for Mahamet Diagouraga to smash home from close range. Things then went from bad to worse for Cittadella when Salvatore Bruno broke the offside trap to be left in acres of space and he calmly passed the ball into the net.
Padova 1-1 Sassuolo: This will be seen as dropped points for Sassuolo who had taken the lead in this game through a near post header from Alessandro Noselli. The goalkeepers were outstanding in this match as they both produced some memorable saves but in the final minute a shot from Giacomo Bonaventura was deflected into the path of Antonio Di Nardo who slotted home the equaliser.
Piacenza 1-1 Vicenza: A superb passing move allowed Davide Moscardelli to be put through in the 35th minute and he coolly rounded Danilo Russo in the Vicenza goal. The equaliser came from a crashing drive from thirty five yards, Stefano Botta’s mater stroke hammering its way in off the post. A point sees both teams now hovering above the relegation places.
Reggina 1-2 Ascoli: Franco Brienza twisted and turned before elegantly lifting the ball past Enrico Guarna to give the home side the lead. This did not last long as a brace from Mirko Antenucci settled the match. His first was a well placed penalty which also saw Carlos Valdez sent off for the home side, his second saw him cut inside two defenders before stroking the ball well past the keepers left.
Salernitana 1-3 Mantova: A debatable penalty saw Gaetano Caridi give the away side the lead on the half hour, this lead was then cancelled in seven minutes by Federico Dionisi whose quick footwork and icy finish produced a superb goal. The away side soon restored order as Tomas Locatelli fired home with a superbly executed free kick. Now down to nine men Salernitana had no answer to Alessandro Pellicori when he tapped in after the keeper failed to hold the initial shot. Salernitana are now officially relegated.
Torino 2-0 Gallipoli: Torino produced a much needed win in front of their home fans to keep the promotion dream just about alive. Mario Salgado’s flick-on header was cheeky enough to deceive Jan Koprivec in the Gallipoli goal and set the home side on the way to victory. The winning goal came on 24 minutes when Matteo Rubin came up with a contender for goal of the season, the left back who has impressed much this season took the ball down on his chest on the corner of the eighteen yard box before rocketing the ball into the far corner, an absolutely breath taking goal.
Ancona 1-1 Grosseto (Fri 30th)
Crotone 2-0 Triestina
Empoli 1-2 Brescia (Mon 3rd)
Frosinone 0-2 Cesena
Lecce 2-1 Albinoleffe
Modena 2-1 Cittadella
Padova 1-1 Sassuolo
Piacenza 1-1 Vicenza
Reggina 1-2 Ascoli
Salernitana 1-3 Mantova
Torino 2-0 Gallipoli