Serie B: Parma take huge step towards Serie A with dramatic late win over Venezia

Parma claimed a hugely important and equally dramatic win at home to Venezia on Matchday 23 of Serie B, taking a significant step towards Serie A in doing so.

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Parma maintained their lead at the top of the Serie B table after the conclusion of Matchday 23 with a dramatic late win at home to Venezia. The Crociati defeated the Arancioneroverdi 2-1 on Saturday, remaining four points clear of Cremonese, and the win crucially pulled them seven points clear of Venetians.

Meanwhile, Palermo continue to rise up the Serie B table, and they earned a convincing 3-0 victory against Bari. New signing Filippo Ranocchia scored the first goal for the Rosanero, but the standout performer in midfield in recent months has been Jacopo Segre, who is scoring like a forward.

Parma’s Valentin Mihaila celebrates scoring. (@ParmaCalcio_en)

Drissa Camara scores stunning late winner for Parma against Venezia

Parma and Venezia came into this fixture with contrasting form. The Gialloblu had suffered a 3-0 defeat to local rivals Modena on Matchday 22 whereas a solitary goal from Gianluca Busio was enough for Venezia to defeat Ternana in the fog.

Valentin Mihaila gave the Crociati the lead after 21 minutes after being put through on goal by Hernani. Joel Pohjanpalo equalised for the Arancioneroverdi five minutes later from close range, taking his tally to nine goals for this Serie B campaign and he is just three goals behind Daniele Casiraghi from Sudtirol in the capocannoniere race.

Both sides had their chances to win the match, but Parma had to wait until 10 minutes into stoppage time to secure victory. The Venezia defence had trouble clearing a corner, and Drissa Camara unleashed a powerful volley from outside of the penalty area, giving Jesse Joronen in the Lagunari goal little hope of saving it.

Parma now have 48 points whereas Venezia are on 41 and have lost four out their last eight matches in the Cadetti.

Palermo demolish Bari by sharing the goals around

Palermo won comprehensively against Bari in the opening game of Matchday 23, finding the back of the net three times and keeping a clean sheet in the process. However, none of their goals came from their forwards.

Palermo midfielder Filippo Ranocchia surrounded by teammates after scoring a goal. (@Palermofficial)

Ranocchia gave the Rosanero the lead a minute before half-time with a stupendous volley in just his second appearance for the club. The central midfielder started the season on loan at Empoli in Serie A, but the Sicilians purchased him from his parent club Juventus for €4 million, and he is already making an impact.

Palermo doubled their lead in the 71st minute when centre-back Pietro Ceccaroni headed in a free-kick, then Segre sealed the win 10 minutes from time with a header of his own. It was his third goal in as many games and he has now scored six goals in his last eight matches.

The victory takes the Rosanero to fifth with 39 points, whereas Bari are equal 12th with three other clubs on 27 points, and they have won just once in the last seven rounds.

Serie B 2023/24: Matchday 23 results

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

Serie B 2023/24: Table after Matchday 23

PosClubMPPts
1Parma2348
2Cremonese2344
3Como2342
4Venezia2341
5Palermo2339
6Cittadella2336
7Catanzaro2335
8Brescia2332
9Modena2332
10Reggiana2329
11Cosenza2328
12Pisa2327
13Bari2327
14Sudtirol2327
15Sampdoria2327
16Ascoli2322
17Ternana2321
18Spezia2321
19Feralpisalo2321
20Lecco2320

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