After the mid-week spat between Lazio president Claudio Lotito and Serie B league leaders Carpi on whether the clubs promotion would be good for Serie A, it was a welcome relief to turn our attention to matters on the pitch.
Week 26 proved good for the chasing pack as both the top two teams dropped points at home. While there is now only nine points separating the relegation places and the promotion play-off spots.
We begin the action with Modena’s trip to Perugia to take on the Grifone. The Gialloblu were win less in five heading into the match, a run that stretches back to before Christmas, and were desperate for the points to stop them looking nervously over there shoulder at the relegation.
However it would prove to be another fruitless night for Walter Novellino’s charges as Perugia proved just that bit too strong. Goals in either half from Valerio Verre and Nicolo Fazzi did the damage and kept the three points at the Dall’Ara.
Table toppers Carpi hosted Spezia at the Stadio Cabassi hoping to Make Lotito possibly eat some humble pie, yet try as they might they were unable to break down the Aquilotti rear guard and had to settle for the point. Nil all it finished.
There lead at the top remains six points though as second place Bologna were also only able to draw at home to Ternana. It proved an excellent point for the visitors who now find themselves one point off the play-off spots. Like with Carpi this also finished Nil all.
Livorno turned out to be one of the biggest winners of the day, winning one – nil away to relegation threatened Varese to move within two points of Bologna. A solitary goal in the 56th minute from Luca Siligardi was enough to hand the win to the Amaranto.
Avellino and Frosinone played out the highest scoring match of the weekend, sadly for the Canarini though it was the hosts who scored all of them. Marcelo Trotta opened the scoring from the spot on five minutes with the wonderfully named Angelo D’Angelo doubling the lead on 51 minutes.
Of course no Il Lupi win could be complete without talismanic striker Luigi Castaldo getting on the score sheet, which he duly did six minutes from time. The win keeps Avellino in fourth motoring nicely, Frosinone though continue to slide.
At the bottom of the table there was huge wins for Latina and Cittadella. The former of which entertained Pescara at the Francioni. They left it late however, but I suppose better late than never. Federico Viviani made himself the hero of the hour, first converting an 84th minute penalty before adding a second right on 90 minutes.
While the win does not move them out of relegation it keeps them very much alive. Cittadella meanwhile had an impressive win on the road beating Pro Vercelli whilst also managing to keep a clean sheet. Francesco Stanco scored the only goal of the game on 66 minutes, while Massimiliano Scaglia was sent of for Vercelli in the 95th minute.
Vicenza continued there sparkling form with a win away to Bari. Again one goal was all that was needed and in came from Andrea Petagna 17 minutes from time. Vicenza now find themselves fifth, not bad for a club who were thrown into the league a week late due to the collapse of Siena.
In the last two matches played on Saturday Virtus Entella and Trapani drew one all, Trapani had taken the lead but were pegged back. While Virtus Lanciano were two – nil winners over Brescia, with the goals coming from Gaetano Monachello and Baba Mame Thiam.
The weekends final match is on Monday night and sees Catania pit themselves against Crotone.
Until next week,
Week 26 results:
Perugia 2-0 Modena (Fri), Avellino 3-0 Frosinone, Bari 0-1 Vicenza, Bologna 0-0 Ternana, Carpi 0-0 Spezia, Latina 2-0 Pescara, Pro Vercelli 0-1 Cittadella, Varese 0-1 Livorno, Virtus Entella 1-1 Trapani, Virtus Lanciano 2-0 Brescia, Catania v Crotone (Mon)