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Livorno v Sassuolo

Livorno enter the Christmas break with exactly what the squad and tifosi would want: a victory over a team directly above them in the league. Sassuolo started this season very well in their first season ever in Serie B. The Serie C1/A champions continued their good form and were the early pace-setters in the league. However they were undone late in the game that gave Livorno the three points and leaves the Amaranto top on goal difference from four other clubs, who are all level on 32 points.

A lucky bounce

Despite the neroverdi's relative inexperience at this level, this game was never going to be easy based on the season’s early form. However, the early form in the game went to the Amaranto. In the second minute Loviso shot from 25 metres that bounced awkwardly in front of the keeper and into the goal. Questions should be asked of Bressan in the neroverdi goal, but it shows that fortune is on Livorno’s side.

Tavano on the spot

Bressan atoned for his earlier error when Tavano was pulled back in the area. Tavano stepped up to take the spot kick, but the keeper guessed correctly and pushed the ball wide to his right. Il capitano made amends for this missed opportunity when he picked up the ball about 40 metres out and tan at the Sassuolo defence who hesitated from making the tackle. This hesitation was fatal as Tavano fired the ball past Bressan to make it 2-0.

A goal before half time

It is often said that the team that scores just before half time gains the advantage in the half time team talks. Unfortunately, in this case Sassuolo were the ones with the advantage. A left wing cross into the heart of the Livorno area from Pensalfini was flicked past De Lucia by Zampagna.

The return of Galante

Sassuolo showed that their position in the table was no fluke as they seized the initiative in the second half. The return of Gallante as a second half substitute could not prevent the neroverdi snatching an equalizer fifteen minutes from time. Another left wing cross, this time from Zampagna, was fired across the face of goal that was completely missed by Pensalfini which confused De Lucia, allowing Masucci tapped into an empty net.

Tavano to the rescue

The equalizer woke Livorno up with Tavano coming close, followed by a Diamanti free kick that was well saved. Tavano came up with the goods in the 5th minute of stoppage time when a cross from Pulzetti was met by the head of Tavano, under pressure from Anselmi in the Sassuolo defence. The ball looped over Bressan and into the back of the net. Although there was still time for Sassuolo to hit the post a minute later, Livorno grabbed the three points at the death and gave an early Christmas present to all Amaranto fans.

Statistics

There are “lies, damn lies and statistics” said British Prime Minister, Disraeli, in the 19th Century. However, the statistics for the Amaranto tell a positive story. They have only lost once so far this season (away to Empoli) and they have the best goal difference in the league. Some of the early defensive errors seem to be disappearing and they are managing to turn draws into victories. It promises to be an encouraging 2009. Livorno now have a Christmas break until 10th January when they travel to Lombardy to play the relatively young, Albinoleffe. Buone feste a tutti!

Mark Doidge, 21 December 2008

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Livorno v Sassuolo

Livorno enter the Christmas break with exactly what the squad and tifosi would want: a victory over a team directly above them in the league. Sassuolo started this season very well in their first season ever in Serie B. The Serie C1/A champions continued their good form and were the early pace-setters in the league. However they were undone late in the game that gave Livorno the three points and leaves the Amaranto top on goal difference from four other clubs, who are all level on 32 points.

A lucky bounce

Despite the neroverdi's relative inexperience at this level, this game was never going to be easy based on the season’s early form. However, the early form in the game went to the Amaranto. In the second minute Loviso shot from 25 metres that bounced awkwardly in front of the keeper and into the goal. Questions should be asked of Bressan in the neroverdi goal, but it shows that fortune is on Livorno’s side.

Tavano on the spot

Bressan atoned for his earlier error when Tavano was pulled back in the area. Tavano stepped up to take the spot kick, but the keeper guessed correctly and pushed the ball wide to his right. Il capitano made amends for this missed opportunity when he picked up the ball about 40 metres out and tan at the Sassuolo defence who hesitated from making the tackle. This hesitation was fatal as Tavano fired the ball past Bressan to make it 2-0.

A goal before half time

It is often said that the team that scores just before half time gains the advantage in the half time team talks. Unfortunately, in this case Sassuolo were the ones with the advantage. A left wing cross into the heart of the Livorno area from Pensalfini was flicked past De Lucia by Zampagna.

The return of Galante

Sassuolo showed that their position in the table was no fluke as they seized the initiative in the second half. The return of Gallante as a second half substitute could not prevent the neroverdi snatching an equalizer fifteen minutes from time. Another left wing cross, this time from Zampagna, was fired across the face of goal that was completely missed by Pensalfini which confused De Lucia, allowing Masucci tapped into an empty net.

Tavano to the rescue

The equalizer woke Livorno up with Tavano coming close, followed by a Diamanti free kick that was well saved. Tavano came up with the goods in the 5th minute of stoppage time when a cross from Pulzetti was met by the head of Tavano, under pressure from Anselmi in the Sassuolo defence. The ball looped over Bressan and into the back of the net. Although there was still time for Sassuolo to hit the post a minute later, Livorno grabbed the three points at the death and gave an early Christmas present to all Amaranto fans.

Statistics

There are “lies, damn lies and statistics” said British Prime Minister, Disraeli, in the 19th Century. However, the statistics for the Amaranto tell a positive story. They have only lost once so far this season (away to Empoli) and they have the best goal difference in the league. Some of the early defensive errors seem to be disappearing and they are managing to turn draws into victories. It promises to be an encouraging 2009. Livorno now have a Christmas break until 10th January when they travel to Lombardy to play the relatively young, Albinoleffe. Buone feste a tutti!

Mark Doidge, 21 December 2008

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