Match-Day three in Italy’s third and fourth tiers produced some dramatic action and if rumours are to be believed, we could be about to have our first high-profile managerial casualty of the new campaign.
In C1A Carpi are flying high and are yet to concede a goal this season. Lumezzane became their latest victims, thumped 3-0 at the Stadio Cabassi courtesy of goals from Francesco Potenza, Marco Perini and Alessandro Cesca. Taranto have turned a minus one deficit at the start of the campaign into plus eight at the end of week three. On Sunday David Dionigi’s men entertained Pavia and after Angelo Antonazzo’s comical own goal put the visitors in front on 24 minutes, the first real questions about the Rossoblu‘s title aspirations were asked. Two minutes after the break, Lucas Chiaretti levelled the scores and in the third minute of added on time, Nicola Russo grabbed a dramatic winner for Dionigi’s side.
Top of the goalscoring charts for C1A belongs to Sorrento striker Ciro Ginestra. His fourth goal in three games helped his team to a share of the points in Como where Alberto Filippini grabbed a brace for the home side. Next weekend sees Taranto travel to the Stadio Campo Italia to face Ginestra and company in the game of the season so far.
The pressure is mounting on Avellino tactician Giovanni Bucaro after Sunday’s home defeat against Tritium. The former Juventus primavera coach is thought to be one game away from the sack and nothing less than three points in Viareggio on Sunday will be good enough to save his job. The fans of the Irpini have been savage in their assessment of the team’s performances so far. To try to calm the waters, club captain Francesco Millesi gave a statement on the club’s website claiming that the players “were not mercenaries” as the tifosi had described them but whether they can pull together to save their current boss remains to be seen.
The big match of the day in the A division saw Pisa entertain Foggia. The game finished 1-1 after a pulsating 90 minutes played in appalling conditions. Gregoire Defrel put the visitors ahead on 74 minutes but their lead lasted for only three minutes before Marco Carparelli levelled for the hosts. Both teams went down to ten men when Pisa’s Giovanni Scampini and Foggia’s Fabio Meduri where sent-off in the final minute for getting too up close and personal. Both teams must take a huge amount of credit for producing such an entertaining game in such extreme conditions.
Pergocrema, Trapani and Virtus Lanciano share top-spot in C1B after all three won on Sunday to preserve their 100% starts to the new campaign. Pergocrema won 2-1 at newly promoted Latina thanks to goals from former Napoli striker Ignacio Pia and Emanuele Testardi whose dramatic stoppage time winner gave Fabio Brini’s men the spoils. Trapani saw off one of the other new boys of C1 Feralpi Salo with Cristian Caccetta and Salvatore Gambino grabbing the goals. Virtus Lanciano heaped more misery on Prato with Leonardo Pavoletti getting the game’s only goal to leave Vicenzo Esposito’s men still searching for their first points of the season.
The big southern derby of the weekend took place in Barletta where Andria Bat were the visitors. The security authorities could relax during this game as supporters of both clubs have had a long history of friendship that saw a carnival atmosphere engulf the stadium before, during and after the match. The game finished in a 2-2 draw leaving both sets of fans satisfied. Antonio Schetter and Raffaele Franchini gave the hosts a two goal cushion at the break but second-half strikes from Federico Comini and Umberto Del Core gave the visitors a share of the points.
In the week that the club launched its new online television service, Portoguraro had a convincing 3-1 home win against Carrarese. A Simone Corazza double was quickly followed by a Matteo Lunati goal with Emanuele Orlandi getting a consolation for the visitors.
C1A: Avellino 1-2 Tritium, Benevento 2-2 Reggiana, Carpi 3-0 Lumezzane, Como 2-2 Sorrento, Monza 0-1 Pro Vercelli, Pisa 1-1 Foggia, Spal 1-0 Viareggio, Taranto 2-1 Pavia, Ternana 2-1 Foligno
C1B: Barletta 2-2 Andria Bat, Cremonese 4-2 Bassano Virtus, Latina 1-2 Pergocrema, Portogruaro 3-1 Carrarese, Prato 0-1 Virtus Lanciano, Spezia 3-0 Piacenza, Sud Tirol 1-0 Frosinone, Trapani 2-1 Feralpi Salo`, Triestina 4-0 Siracusa
Pre-season title favourites in C2A Alessandria were humbled 1-4 at home by Borgo a Buggiano on Sunday. Two down at the break thanks to a goal from Roberto Rocchi and a Riccardo Paganelli penalty (also resulting in Simone Ciancio’s dismissal), Alessio De Petrillo’s men grabbed a foothold in the match early in the second-half through Marco Martini. The visitors were shaken but stirred to complete a memorable afternoon when Rocchi grabbed his second of the match before Tommaso Gialdini completed the scoring ten minutes from time to give Gianluca Colonnello’s side a share of top-spot.
Joining them at the head of the field are Giacomense and Treviso who both maintained their unbeaten starts to the new campaign. Mantova got their first win of the season on Sunday narrowly seeing off Renate at the Stadio Danilo Martelli, Stefano Franchi grabbing the games only goal in second-half injury time.
C2B are one step ahead of the other divisions after playing two rounds of the championship in a week and what a fabulous week it has been for Perugia. A 2-0 away win at Melfi on matchday three was followed by an incredible 90 minutes at the Stadio Renato Curi on Monday against Paganese in front of the live television cameras.
When Luca Orlando’s bicycle kick gave the visitors the lead on the stroke of half-time, nothing could have prepared the watching public for the events that followed in the second 45 minutes. Twelve minutes after the re-start, Giampietro Clemente’s free-kick levelled the contest before match referee Domenico Rocca became the centre of attention. With the game deadlocked at 1-1, the official controversially awarded a penalty to the visitors after claiming that the ball had brushed the arm of Perugia defender Pierluigi Borghetti inside the area. His assistant disagreed and after much deliberation the decision was changed to a corner. Chaos ensued with Paganese coach Luca Grassadonia being sent to the stands.
The drama continued when Perugia substitute Romano Borsoi fired his team in front with his first touch of the game. With time running out, referee Rocca awarded the visitors another spot-kick, another hugely contentious decision but the chance to equalise was wasted when Francesco Scarpa ballooned the kick over the crossbar. The home side finished the match with 10 men when substitute Andrea Zanchi was sent off six minutes from time.
Campobasso and Vigor Lamezia share top-spot after week four with Perugia, Gavoranno and Paganese close behind. This time last season, Catanzaro had failed to fulfil one of their opening fixtures due to a players’ strike for non-payment of wages. Move forward 12 months and the story could not be more contrasting with Francesco Cozza’s young charges coming from behind to beat Ebolitana 2-1 on Sunday. Due to the odd number of teams in the championship, one side always takes a rest and it was the turn of Cozza’s men to have a watching brief in midweek. Catanzaro were slow out of the blocks and the hosts went in front on 14 minutes thanks to a goal from Nagib Sekkoum. Salvatore Carboni then levelled things on the stroke of half-time. In the second-half as the home side wilted, the team from Calabria took charge and a goal from Christian Esposito in the final quarter of the match gave his side all three points.
C2A: Alessandria 1-4 Borgo a Buggiano, Bellaria Igea Marina 2-1 Casale, Cuneo 4-1 Sambonifacese, Lecco 1-2 Pro Patria, Mantova 1-0 Renate, Montichiari 1-2 Giacomense, Poggibonsi 2-0 Virtus Entella, Rimini 0-1 Santarcangelo, Savona 2-1 Valenzana, Treviso 2-0 San Marino
C2B week 3: Aprilia 0-2 Campobasso, Aversa Normanna 1-0 Celano Olimpia, Chieti 3-0 Fondi, Gavoranno 2-1 Fano Alma, Giulianova 1-2 Arzanese, L’Aquila 1-0 Vibonese, Melfi 0-2 Perugia, Neapolis 0-0 Ebolitana, Paganese 2-1 Isola Liri, Vigor Lamezia 2-1 Milazzo
C2B week 4: Arzanese 0-1 L’Aquila, Campobasso 1-0 Aversa Normanna, Celano Olimpia 0-2 Gavoranno, Ebolitana 1-2 Catanzaro, Fano Alma 1-2 Giulianova, Fondi 0-1 Vigor Lamezia, Isola Liri 2-2 Neapolis, Milazzo 0-0 Aprilia, Perugia 2-1 Paganese, Vibonese 1-1 Melfi
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