Check the sillyboy1 blog every week for a review of the Serie B program.
We have reached week 11 and the top of the table is starting to get really congested as over half the table are in contention for promotion to Serie A.
Similar to the Championship in England, the second tier of Italian Football is always a hotly contested league in which all the teams begin the season with optimism.
Torino 2 Reggina 0
In the Friday night match, two of the three relegated teams from last years Serie A went head to head. Franco Brienza gave the home side an early scare with a powerful shot from a tight angle in the opening minute of the game but, Luca Belingheri gave Torino the lead just before half time with a powerful strike from the edge of the box that gave Mario Cassano no chance. Cassano then came to the rescue with a brilliant diving save from Massimo Lovisa’s 30 yard strike. It was a spectacular finish that sealed the game for the Granata. It was former Reggina and Manchester City striker, Rolando Bianchi who performed a Vialli like bicycle kick to send his former club into turmoil.
That victory propelled Torino into the promotion places at the expense of Cesena who, despite taking the lead after just 49 seconds, drew 2-2 with mid table Grosseto as Marco D’Alessandro, who is on loan from AS Roma, levelled early in the second half.
Ancona 3 Frosinone 1
The main top of the table clash was Frosinone, the league leaders, visiting Ancona. Juan Surraco started the scoring but Frosinone levelled through Fabio Mazzeo. Matias Miramontes quickly restored Ancona’s lead with a back post header eight minutes from half time. It was’nt until the 93rd minute that Ancona sealed the points through a precise Andrea de Falco finish despite Frosinone’s relentless pressure in the second half. This result puts Ancona in 3rd place, two points off Frosinone.
Gallipoli 0 Lecce 3
Lecce and Gallipoli played the first ever local derby between these two teams in Serie B. It was the ‘away’ Lecce side that took the spoils with goals from the prolific Daniele Coriva and a brace from under 21 international Guido Marilungo, on loan from Sampdoria. Alain Baclet had a penalty saved late on but Lecce ran out easy winners which puts them into the last playoff spot (6th). Gallipoli continue to struggle in their first season in Serie B, currently sitting in one of the two relegation playoff places.
Brescia 4 Albinoleffe 1
Brescia returned to form with their first win in three over Bergamo side, Albinoleffe. Brescia did recieve a scare midway through the first half when Francesco Ruopolo finshed from close range for Albinoleffe. Brescia were level seven minutes later with a looping header from Davide Baiocco and took the initiative in the second half with a 20 minute hat trick from former Glasgow Rangers target Andrea Caracciolo. This victory for Brescia was Emiliano Mondonico’s first defeat in charge of the Bergamo minnows, and keeps them in touching distance of the playoffs.
Empoli 4 Ascoli 2
Empoli find themselves in a similar position to Brescia, and they also recorded an impressive victory over fellow playoff hopeful’s Ascoli. Empoli opened the scoring after intense pressure on the Ascoli goal through talisman Ighli Vannucchi. Ascoli then missed a penalty to make it level and to add salt to the wound, Empoli scored a penalty with their next attack, Eder sending the goalie the wrong way. Marco Bernacci halved the deficit early in the second half before more poor defending from Ascoli allowed Eder to score his second penalty of the match. Mirco Antenucci then scored a penalty of his own to give Ascoli a chance with fifteen minutes remaining. It was Empoli though, who made the points safe in stoppage time with a breakaway goal from Angelo Antonazzo.
Salernitana 4 Crotone 1 – Piacenza 2 Modena 3 – Sassuolo 1 Cittadella 0 – Padova 0 Triestina 0
Elsewhere, Salernitana recorded their first win of the campaign against fellow strugglers Crotone. It was an impressive 4-1 win with a double from summer signing Francesco Cozza. Modena nicked another derby in Serie B this week in another entertaining encounter. A 3-2 victory for Canarini pulled them further clear of their rivals nearing the outskirts of the playoffs. Sassuolo had a narrow 1-0 win over Cittadella with a speculative strike from Luigi Riccio and Padova missed the chance to move closer to the leaders as they played out a goaless draw with Triestina.
Vicenza 1 Mantova 1
In the Monday evening game, Vicenza were denied all three points in the 91st minute when Tomas Locatelli equalised for Manotva after Davide Gavazzi put the home side in front early in the second half.
Until halloween, Arrivederci!!!!
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