Serie B: Parma distance themselves from chasing pack after thrilling win against Pisa

Parma extended their lead to eight points on Serie B Matchday 25 while Palermo might pose a threat to Cremonese and Como in the race for direct promotion.

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Parma are now eight points clear at the top of Serie B after a dramatic victory against Pisa on Matchday 25, while the fight for second place heats up.

The Gialloblu won 3-2 against the Nerazzurri, taking them to 54 points, whereas Cremonese and Como dropped points. The Grigiorossi were held to a scoreless draw against Ascoli and the Azzurri suffered a 3-0 defeat away to Palermo.

Although Cremonese remain second on 46 points, Palermo, Venezia, and Como are one point behind, and they could create an exciting battle for that final spot for direct promotion to Serie A.

Parma forward Valentin Mihaila avoids being closed down by opponents. (@ParmaCalcio_en)

Parma leave it late… again

Parma were comfortably ahead of Cremonese at the top of the table, so facing a midtable team like Pisa did not seem like the greatest challenge. However, the Pisans almost returned to Tuscany with a point.

Although both teams had their chances to open the scoring early, it was the Ducali who took the lead after 25 minutes thanks to a stunning volley from Adrian Benedyczak. Ten minutes later, Mattia Valoti equalised for the Tuscans from close range.

After a well-worked move on the left flank, the ball eventually found its way to Dennis Man, who beat an opponent and scored with nine minutes remaining. As the match went into stoppage time, Pisa made it 2-2 with a header from Simone Canestrelli, but parity did not last long at all. Five minutes into extra time, Enrico Del Prato won it after Nerazzurri goalkeeper Nicolas fumbled the ball and the Parma defender scored from the rebound.

Palermo demolish Como

Palermo players celebrate a victory with their fans at home. (@Palermofficial)

Como have emerged as a serious promotion contender since sacking Moreno Longo as coach. Cesc Fabregas took over for a month before Osian Roberts officially took over, albeit with the former Arsenal and Spain Men’s National Team star remaining as an assistant coach. However, the duo suffered their worst defeat so far after a trip down to Sicily.

The Lariani had some chances early on, but once Palermo got into a rhythm, it was clear which team was going to win. Matteo Brunori gave the Rosanero the lead in the 35th minute after diverting a Francesco Di Mariano cross into the net.

Filippo Ranocchia got his third goal in as many games after finishing off a counter-attacking move in the 64th minute, and Federico Di Francesco sealed the win with seven minutes to go, running onto a Brunori free-kick and finishing with aplomb.

Palermo have now won four out of their last five matches, and with their attack on song, it will take a resolute defence to stop them. Meanwhile, Como failed to stop a major rival, and this could be the difference between them earning direct promotion or trying to qualify through the playoffs.

Serie B 2023/24: Matchday 25 results

DateSerie B Fixtures/Results
Fri, Feb 16Ascoli 0-0 Cremonese
Sat, Feb 17Bari 1-0 Feralpisalo
Sat, Feb 17Lecco 1-3 Cosenza
Sat, Feb 17Parma 3-2 Pisa
Sat, Feb 17Reggiana 0-2 Ternana
Sat, Feb 17Spezia 4-2 Cittadella
Sat, Feb 17Sampdoria 1-1 Brescia
Sat, Feb 17Catanzaro 2-2 Sudtirol
Sat, Feb 17Palermo 3-0 Como
Sun, Feb 18Venezia 2-2 Modena

Serie B 2023/24: Table after Matchday 25

PosClubMPPts
1Parma2554
2Cremonese2546
3Palermo2545
4Venezia2545
5Como2545
6Catanzaro2539
7Cittadella2536
8Modena2534
9Brescia2533
10Bari2533
11Cosenza2532
12Pisa2530
13Reggiana2530
14Sudtirol2528
15Sampdoria2528
16Ternana2525
17Spezia2525
18Ascoli2523
19Feralpisalo2521
20Lecco2520

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