Although Parma are still clear on top of the Serie B table, their lead has been cut after Sudtirol held them to a scoreless draw, and Como earned a win away to Catanzaro on Matchday 32.

The Gialloblu have 66 points, but Como are now five points behind in second place after their 2-1 victory against the Giallorossi. Parma have now dropped points in back-to-back matches as they look to get over the line and clinch promotion to Serie A.

Sudtirol bring Parma to a halt

The Parma squad thank their fans for the support away from home. (@1913parmacalcio)

After losing at home to Catanzaro on Matchday 31, Parma needed to bounce back quickly, but an away trip to Bolzano is often a tricky task for many visitors. Both teams struggled to settle into a rhythm and were often limited to shots from distance.

The Crociati created their best chance of the first half came from a counter-attack with Valentin Mihaila forcing a save out of Sudtirol goalkeeper Giacomo Poluzzi. Later, Biancorossi captain Fabian Tait was in a good position to score, but his header went agonisingly off target. Little improvement was made in the second half from either side, but Crociati winger Dennis Man did force another save out of Poluzzi with a powerful effort.

A point was valuable for the Biancorossi as they currently sit equal 12th with Modena on 39 points. For Parma though, they cannot afford any further slip-ups and put their return to Serie A at risk.

Como overturn early deficit to beat Catanzaro

Como celebrate with their supporters after a victory away. (@Como_1907)

Como had plenty to be buoyant about as they had won four out of their last five Serie B matches while Catanzaro also had confidence high after their 2-0 win against Parma in the previous round. With Cremonese defeating Bari earlier in the round, the Azzurri needed to win to regain second place.

Although Pietro Iemmello had a goal disallowed for offside after a VAR review, the Aquile went ahead after 19 minutes with a deflected strike from Jari Vandeputte. Patrick Cutrone tried to bring the Lariani level, but a header of his had hit the post, and he too had a goal chalked off for offside.

In a five-minute spell, Como turned the result in their favour. Alessandro Gabrielloni scored his third goal in as many games with a header 18 minutes into the second half, and after hitting the post with an earlier strike, Lucas Da Cunha capitalised on a defensive error to win it for the Lombards.

With Venezia being held to a scoreless draw away to Ascoli, Como remain outright second and have been producing the results to keep them in the direct promotion hunt. Meanwhile, Catanzaro look comfortable in the playoffs spots, whereas direct promotion is looking rather unlikely after that defeat.

Serie B 2023/24: Matchday 32 results

DateSerie B Fixtures/Results
Fri, Apr 5Bari 1-2 Cremonese
Sat, Apr 6Brescia 3-1 Pisa
Sat, Apr 6Feralpisalo 2-2 Cosenza
Sat, Apr 6Spezia 1-1 Lecco
Sat, Apr 6Sudtirol 0-0 Parma
Sat, Apr 6Ternana 0-0 Modena
Sat, Apr 6Catanzaro 1-2 Como
Sat, Apr 6Palermo 2-2 Sampdoria
Sat, Apr 6Reggiana 0-2 Cittadella
Sun, Apr 7Ascoli 0-0 Venezia

Serie B 2023/24: Table after Matchday 32

PosClubMPPts
1Parma3266
2Como3261
3Cremonese3259
4Venezia3258
5Catanzaro3252
6Palermo3250
7Brescia3245
8Sampdoria3244
9Cittadella3242
10Pisa3240
11Reggiana3240
12Sudtirol3239
13Modena3239
14Cosenza3235
15Bari3235
16Spezia3235
17Ternana3233
18Ascoli3232
19Feralpisalo3231
20Lecco3223