Serie B Weeks 30 & 31 action – 22 games in five days

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Week 30:

Ascoli 1-1 Albinoleffe: Marco Bernaccin blasted a penalty over the bar for Ascoli in the first-half, spurning the chance of an early lead. A close range finish from Simon Laner put the away side in front on 73 minutes but Arturo Lupoli got the home side level when an uncharacteristic error from Ivan Pelizzoli allowed Ascoli to share the points.

Cesena 3-1 Vicenza: Fabio Gatti’s superb strike from the edge of the box gave the away side the perfect start, but Cesena fought back as Dominique Malonga smashed home from 25 yards leaving the keeper standing. A red card for Vicenza’s Michele Ferri helped Cesena take the lead through another Malonga goal, before Milan Djuric made it three.

Cittadella 1-0 Salernitana: A single goal from Matteo Ardemagni was enough to settle this match. He picked up the ball 30 yards out, turned quickly and accelerated towards goal. The eventual shot, however, was weak and Ciro Polito will be annoyed that he did not do better at his near post.

Crotone 3-0 Frosinone: Crotone took the lead from the penalty spot courtesy of Antonino Bonvissuto on the stroke of half-time. The lead was then doubled when Denilson Marítimo Gabionetta was allowed to skip past defenders to deliver an ice cool finish from 20 yards. The game was wrapped up when Ciro Ginestra made the most of a lucky deflection to make it three.

Gallipoli 1-2 Brescia: Nicolas Cordova’s magnificent free kick gave promotion hopefuls Brescia an early lead in this game, only for Gallipoli’s Mario Artistico to cancel it out when, on 65 minutes, he smashed the ball home at the second attempt. Brescia were to have the final say when Simone Dallamano got on the score sheet with a drilled finish from close range.

Grosseto 2-2 Sassuolo: Mauricio Ferreira Pinilla’s amazing goal scoring run continued when he headed home after seven minutes. On 11 minutes he had scored again, this time from the spot. Sassuolo replied twice in the second-half, first through the head of Marco Gorzegno and then Gaetano Masucci’s close-range equaliser.

Mantova 2-1 Padova: Poor defending allowed Mantova’s Alessandro Pellicori to tap home early on. Padova held out until 71 minutes before conceding a second, Maurizio Nassi scoring from six yards. A consolation was given away when Jasmin Handanovic punched the ball into the path of Padova’s Antonio Di Nardo.

Modena 0-2 Torino: Ahmed Barusso headed Torino ahead after only three minutes but the Ghanaian’s day turned sour when he was shown the red card for a soft challenge. Torino defended with their backs to the wall but managed to grab a second on the counter through Danilo D`Ambrosio, his easy tap in finishing off a sweeping move.

Piacenza 1-0 Ancona: Piacenza stole all three points from promotion pretenders Ancona when Simone Guerra managed to find room between the goalkeeper and the near post to score midway through the first-half. Ancona will be disappointed they did not salvage anything from this game.

Reggina 2-4 Lecce: Lecce needed a response to recent form but started poorly when Antonino Barilla put the away side in front. Guido Marilungo then scored a second-half hat-trick for Lecce, with Mariano de Almeida Angelo adding to the side’s tally. However, it was Reggina’s second goal that was the strike of the day, a sublime chest down and 35 yard half-volley scored with power by Daniele Cacia.

Triestina 1-0 Empoli: A single spectacular goal settled this match, Luigi Della Rocca’s second minute strike being hit from 20 yards and swerving beyond the goalkeeper into the top corner. Empoli’s woes were compounded when Gabriele Angella was later sent off.

Week 31:

Ancona 1-2 Reggina: Promotion chances were dented for Ancona when they lost for a second time in a week, Reggina taking a shock lead through Antonino Barilla’s fortunate goal. Ancona equalised through a predatory strike from Salvatore Mastronunzio, then, in a dramatic final 10 minutes, Daniele Cacia was sent off for the away side before they then went and won the game through a delicate chip from Simone Missiroli.

Brescia 0-1 Cesena: Brescia lost out on a chance to catch up to the top three by losing to second place Cesena. Giuseppe Greco’s strike from an acute angle settled this game, although Brescia can take heart from its performance.

Empoli 4-0 Mantova: Empoli bounced back from its previous match with an emphatic victory. A display of power and pace was topped off with a cool finish from Ighli Vannucchi after only four minutes. A red card shown to Simone Salviato gave Empoli a penalty which was dispatched with power by Claudio Coralli. Coralli then scored again with an instinctive tap-in before the game was put to bed by Citadin Eder’s crashing drive.

Frosinone 0-0 Modena: No goals and even less to talk about, with Armando Perna’s red card being the only eventful event of the game. Frosinone, who are hovering on the brink of relegation need to show more fight.

Gallipoli 2-1 Triestina: Manuel Mancini sent the Stadio Antonio Bianco into raptures when he drilled home from distance, a feat replicated by Alex Pederzoli on 63 minutes to seal victory for Gallipoli. A Triestina consolation from Emiliano Testini was scored from the penalty spot.

Padova 1-0 Grosseto: Neat work from Daniele Vantaggiato created the only goal of the game, scored by Antonio Di Nardo. This was enough to see Padova record a shock victory over a frustrated Grosseto side, the team’s anguish boiling over when Leandro Vitiello saw red.

Piacenza 1-1 Cittadella: A solid shot from distance from Davide Moscardelli saw Piacenza take the lead before a second goal of the week for Matteo Ardemagni saw Cittadella grab a point. Daniele Dalla Bona’s red card did not help the away side’s chances of gaining another three points on the road.

Salernitana 1-2 Lecce: Lecce were expected to win this clash of top versus bottom and they duly obliged. A good header from Gianni Munari put the away side in front after 10 minutes, only for Francesco Cozza to score directly from a corner just two minutes later. Lecce pressed and just after half-time David Di Michele calmly slotted the ball home to take all three points. Federico Dionisi was later sent off for dissent, greatly hindering the home side’s cause.

Sassuolo 0-0 Albinoleffe: Third place Sassuolo lost ground on the title challenge as they put on a poor display in Stadio Alberto Braglia. Only the seemingly obligatory Serie B last minute sending off was of any note, Albinoleffe’s Karamoko Cissé the culprit.

Torino 1-0 Ascoli: Gaël Genevier headed in the only goal of the game as Torino continue move closer to promotion. Good goalkeeping at the end of the match from Matteo Sereni now sees Torino only three points off the promotion places.

Vicenza 0-2 Crotone: Crotone’s victory means that they have now kept two clean sheets and scored five goals in their last two games. A great 25 yard strike from Aniello Cutolo gave the away side the lead. The advantage was then doubled when a sweeping counter-attacking move allowed Antonio Zito to finish. A late sending off for Antonino Bonvissuto saw the visitors reduced to ten, but this made no difference as they hung on to grab all three points.

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