Serie B Week 32 action – Lecce go six points clear

Albinoleffe 1-1 Brescia: Marco Cellini put the home side into the lead after just 11 minutes when he pounced on a rebound from Michele Arcari’s save to slot home. Brescia’s answer was swift, good work on the right hand side resulted in a cross being deflected to the edge of the box, where Nicolas Cordova was on hand to finish calmly from 18 yards.

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Ascoli 2-1 Empoli: Ascoli ran riot in the first-half scoring after only four minutes, Christian Amoroso’s turn of pace and cut inside saw him score a well executed shot from 20 yards. One became two on 37 minutes when Mirko Antenucci beat the offside trap to control well and fire beyond Enrico Guarna. Davide Bassi gifted Empoli a goal when he rushed out to punch but missed completely, allowing Claudio Coralli to head in.

Cittadella 0-0 Sassuolo: Cittadella’s Andrea Pierobon and Sassuolo’s Walter Bressan both made superb saves to keep the scores level in a game which could have easily gone either way. Sassuolo will be disappointed with a point as it allows the chasing pack a chance to make up ground.

Crotone 2-0 Salernitana: Crotone had created a number of chances before they eventually scored on 32 minutes, Ciro Ginestra volleying home from a corner to give the home side the lead. A mixture of good goalkeeping and dismal finishing kept the game at 1-0 until, on 90 minutes, a corner and an attempted clearance was miss-hit, Dino Fava Passaro providing the final indignity, an own goal.

Frosinone 1-1 Ancona: The small group an Ancona fans behind their team’s goal had to witness some disgraceful marking from their own defence which allowed Roberto Stellone to head home after twenty minutes. Fortunately for the away fans they saw the second-half equaliser at close hand too, Pasquale Schiattarella’s second attempt at a 25-yard screamer finding the net.

Grosseto 1-1 Cesena: When Grosseto play who else scores apart from Mauricio Pinilla? This time finding the net from the penalty spot, the Chilean coolly sending the goalkeeper the wrong way. Cesena were not giving up though, and on 48 minutes they got a penalty of their own, scored with power by Guilherme Do Prado.

Lecce 1-0 Gallipoli: The league leaders pulled six points clear with this victory, hitting a good run of form at just the right time. They had to wait a long time though, and it was not until 85 minutes when Daniele Corvia managed to slot the ball past Carlo Sciarrone from close range. It was tough on Sciarrone who had kept well throughout the game, but Lecce stole the victory and march on to promotion.

Mantova 1-0 Vicenza: Mantova’s Riccardo Fissore saw red after only seven minutes, his team then surprisingly taking the lead 30 minutes later with the goal of the day. A long ball into a crowded box was headed clear, but only as far as Emiliano Tarana who shaped up for a volley and returned it with considerable interest. An amazing strike from fully 30 yards. Alessandro Pellicori later missed a penalty and Vicenza also went down to 10 men.


Modena 0-1 Piacenza: Fifteenth-placed Piacenza earned a deserved three points against twelfth-placed Modena. Salvatore Foti tapped in after good work on the right leaving the away side two points clear of the drop zone.

Reggina 1-2 Torino (Sun 28th): Torino are fulfilling their early season promise with a late dash for promotion. It was the home side though which took the lead through a powerful header from Carlos Valdez. However, Torino refused to lie down and were back in the match when Rolando Bianchi beat a number of defenders to the ball before lobbing the goalkeeper with a fine header. The victory was secure when Agostino Garofalo unleashed a swerving free kick that beat the keeper at the near post.


Triestina 2-1 Padova: Marcello Cottafava tapped in the opener for the home side on 26 minutes, but Padova hit back through Bogdan Aurelian Patrascu’s predatory instincts just before the break. The game was settled on 67 minutes, a superb volley from Riccardo Colombo worthy of winning any game.

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