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Lega Pro Review – Week 2

Just like the opening week of the Lega Pro season, the weather had a major impact on the second round of fixtures only this time it wasn’t the rain that was the problem, it was the debilitating heat that has engulfed the peninsula over the past seven days.

The sweltering heat and intense match action was all a bit too much for Sarri

The sweltering heat and intense match action was all a bit too much for Sarri

In C1A, Sorrento coach Maurizio Sarri was so concerned with the temperature that he asked if the game against Pavia could be switched to a later kick-off time. The request fell on deaf ears and by 3pm on Sunday afternoon, pitch-side temperatures at the Stadio Campo Italia had soared to an incredible 50 degrees Celsius. Despite the heat, the players put on an excellent display, the match finished 2-2 with Ciro Ginestra and Andrej Galibnov scoring for the hosts and  Filippo Falco and Andrea D’errico replying for the visitors. Ginestra should have ensured all three points for Sarri’s side but he missed a penalty on the stroke of half-time.

Before the game a banner was displayed by both sets of players requesting the release of Gianmaria Cesaro, a young seaman from the local area kidnapped by Somali pirates on February 8 of this year. After the match, Sarri took no prisoners when he concluded that “if we continue to play in these temperatures a player will die on the pitch”.

Pisa join Sorrento at the summit of the A division after a convincing 3-0 win against Avellino at the Stadio Arena Garibaldi. Goals from Francesco Favasuli, Marco Caparelli and Leonardo Perez gave the Tuscans a share of top spot. Benevento are the only side in C1A to have a 100 per cent record, unfortunately it only leaves them in 15th position in the table due to the fact that they started the season with a six point penalty. Giovanni Simonelli’s men are playing some wonderful stuff at the moment and their 3-0 demolition of Lumezzane on Sunday was a warning to the rest of the division that the Stregoni will be serious championship contenders this term.

If rumours are to be believed, Taranto president Enzo D’Addario lets his players stay on his cruise ship before home games. If that is the case then striker Domenico Girardi is showing his full appreciation. On Sunday, the 26-year-old Neapolitan scored a sensational goal against Spal to give his side the points in their opening fixture of the season. Their game in week one at Lumezzane fell foul of the weather and will be played next week.

In C1B, four teams have maximum points after two games Pergocrema, Lanciano, Trapani and Barletta. Trapani took the honours for the stand-out result of the weekend beating Piacenza 1-0 at the Stadio Leonardo Garilli. Midfielder Dario Barraco’s first-half strike was good enough to give the newly promoted side all three points leaving Piacenza second bottom on minus two.

After week one’s defeat in Barletta, Frosinone bounced straight back with a thrilling 3-2 win at home to Spezia. Twice the home side were in front courtesy of goals from Pietro Baccolo and Salvatore Aurelio but twice they were pegged back thanks to goals from Antimo Iunco and Alberto Bianchi. The Canarini sealed the win when Aurelio netted again mid-way through the second-half.

Cremonese have halved the points deficit inflicted on them in the summer after a hard-fought 1-0 win against Andria Bat on Monday evening. This was the Grigiorossi’s first game of the season after they too had their first game of the new campaign wiped out due to inclement conditions. The game was settled by a wonderful free-kick from Andrea Rabito 10 minutes from time.

Other results

C1A: Benevento 3-0 Lumezzane, Foligno 1-2 Como, Pisa 3-0 Avellino, ProVercelli 0-0 Foggia, Reggiana 1-2 Monza, Sorrento 2-2 Pavia, Taranto 1-0 Spal, Viareggio 3-2 Carpi, Tritium 2-0 Ternana

C1B: Andria Bat 0-1 Cremonese, Carrarese 2-0 Latina, Feralpi Salo’ 0-0 Sud Tirol, Frosinone 3-2 Spezia, Pergocrema 2-0 Bassano, Piacenza 0-1 Trapani, Prato 1-2 Barletta, Siracusa 1-0 Portogruaro, Lanciano 3-2 Triestina

C2 Round up

Casale are out on their own as C2A leaders after a 2-0 away win in San Bonifacio. The club from Piedmont who were Serie A champions way back in 1914 have maximum points after two matches. Their two goals on Sunday both came in the second-half and were scored by Riccardo Taddei and Nicolas Siega. Rimini went down 2-1 in Buggiano and Mantova were held to a 2-2 draw by San Marino. The Virgiliani were two up at the break thanks to goals from Marco Zaninelli and Giacomo Pettarin but the team from the principality hit back with two quick-fire goals in the second-half from Alessandro D’Antoni and Gianluca Lapadula.

Alessandria got their second consecutive win of the new campaign and sit nicely in 3rd position on four points following their two point deduction at the start of the season. A narrow 1-0 away win at Santarcangelo was settled by a second-half strike from Marco Martini.

Things are looking much brighter for Catanzaro in C2B. The Aquile del Sud are flying high again and on Sunday against Neapolis in front of a fervent support at the Stadio Nicola Ceravolo, Francesco Cozza’s young charges played some exhilarating football eventually running out 3-0 winners thanks to an opening goal from Tommaso Squillace which was followed by a second-half brace from Salvatore Carboni.

Perugia were happy to be back in the familiar surroundings of the Stadio Renato Curi after their opening weekend defeat and  got their season off and running with a 4-2 victory over Chieti. The Grifoni were three up by the break thanks to goals from Niccolo Gucci and Giampiero Clemente, who grabbed a brace during the opening 45 minutes. Daniele Marini got his sides fourth nine minutes after the interval and despite a spirited second-half showing from the visitors, Pier Francisco Battistini’s men held on claim maximum points.

Other results

C2A: Buggiano 2-1 Rimini, Entella 2-1 Lecco, Giacomense 2-0 Cuneo, Montichiari 2-0 Poggibonsi, Renate 0-0 Pro Patria, Sambonifacese 0-2 Casale, San Marino 2-2 Mantova, Santarcangelo 0-1 Alessandria, Treviso 2-1 Savona, Valenzara 2-0 Bellaria

C2B: Arzanese 4-3 Gavorrano, Campobasso 1-0 Giulianova, Catanzaro 3-0 Neapolis, Celano 1-1 Vigor Lamezia, Ebolitana 1-1 L’Aquila, Fano 1-0 Melfi, Isola Liri 4-0 Aversa, Milazzo 0-2 Paganese, Perugia 4-2 Chieti, Vibonese 0-3 Fondi

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