Serie B: Parma extend lead after Venezia slip at Cosenza

Moving deeper into the second half of the season after Matchday 21, Parma's lead at the top of Serie B has widened to six points, with 2nd-7th looking increasingly competitive in the fight for promotion to Serie A.

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It was another round packed with action on Serie B Matchday 21 with Parma extending their lead at the top of the table with a victory away to Sampdoria whereas Venezia surprisingly lost to Cosenza.

Table-toppers Parma defeated the Blucerchiati 3-0 in the opening match of the round while the Arancioneroverdi lost 4-2 to the Lupi. The Gialloblu now have 45 points while Como has leaped above the Venetians into second place with 39 after their 2-2 draw against Reggiana.

Meanwhile, Palermo were involved in another exciting match, defeating Modena 4-2. It was a crucial win for the Rosanero, who stay in the playoff spots, whereas the Canarini drop out and now sit ninth on the Serie B table.

Venezia defender Marin Sverko competes in an aerial battle against Cosenza. (@VeneziaFC_EN)

Cosenza stun Venezia thanks to Tutino heroics

Both Venezia and Cosenza had started the season well, but they have had their share of slip-ups recently.

The Arancioneroverdi have been in the spots for direct promotion to Serie A for the majority of the season, whereas the Lupi were as high as fifth, but they had failed to win their previous seven games before this one. However, the form guide counted for nothing in this encounter and Silani striker Gennaro Tutino failed to read the script.

Venezia did not know what hit them as Cosenza scored three goals in 11 minutes. Tutino opened the scoring after 10 minutes with an excellent strike from about 25 metres; Manuel Marras doubled the lead for the Calabrians with a powerful volley at the back post; and Tutino got his second after a teammate took a shot, then the ball took a heavy deflection off him.

Gianluca Busio finished off a well-worked move in the 24th minute, but a Venetian comeback was unlikely. Tutino completed his hat-trick with a bending strike nine minutes from time and Christian Gytkjaer netted a consolation goal for the Lagunari soon after.

This defeat means that Venezia are now equal third with Cremonese on 38 points while Cosenza are equal 13th with Sudtirol on 24 points and five points clear of the relegation zone.

Palermo celebrate a victory at home. (Photo: Palermo F.C. Facebook)

Soleri heroics save Palermo

With their free-flowing attack and leaky defence, Palermo have emerged as one of Serie B’s entertainers, and their match against Modena was another exciting clash in the Cadetti. However, it took one of their reserves Edoardo Soleri to secure a late victory against the Emilians.

Rosanero midfielder Jacopo Segre opened the scoring after just eight minutes with a header, then Thomas Battistella equalised soon after with a header of his own. Talismanic striker Matteo Brunori regained the lead for the Sicilians after running onto a long pass, outmuscling a defender, made a turn, and thumped the ball into the net.

Fabio Abiuso made it 2-2 in the second half with a header after Palermo goalkeeper Mirko Pigliacelli had saved a shot, but the Rosanero still looked like the team most likely to win the game.

Soleri replaced Federico Di Francesco after 75 minutes, and scored in the 88th minute as well as in the sixth minute of stoppage time, showing great positioning on both occasions. He ran onto a through-ball and slid in to score his first, then he was left unmarked at the back post to seal the victory.

Serie B 2023/24: Matchday 21 results

DateSerie B Fixtures/Results
Fri, Jan 19Sampdoria 0-3 Parma
Sat, Jan 20Brescia 1-1 Sudtirol
Sat, Jan 20Feralpisalo 3-0 Catanzaro
Sat, Jan 20Reggiana 2-2 Como
Sat, Jan 20Spezia 0-1 Cremonese
Sat, Jan 20Ternana 3-1 Cittadella
Sat, Jan 20Cosenza 4-2 Venezia
Sat, Jan 20Lecco 1-3 Pisa
Sat, Jan 20Palermo 4-2 Modena
Sun, Jan 21Ascoli 2-2 Bari

Serie B 2023/24: Table after Matchday 21

PosClubMPPts
1Parma2145
2Como2139
3Cremonese2138
4Venezia2138
5Cittadella2136
6Palermo2135
7Catanzaro2133
8Brescia2129
9Modena2128
10Bari2127
11Pisa2126
12Reggiana2125
13Sudtirol2124
14Cosenza2124
15Sampdoria2123
16Ternana2121
17Lecco2120
18Ascoli2119
19Spezia2117
20Feralpisalo2117

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