Zanetti’s team won the first leg 1-0 and, thanks to the best placing in the league, they would be promoted even if they lost with a goal difference
The first round of the Serie B playoff final went to Venezia. Zanetti’s team sees promotion to Serie A closer: Di Mariano’s goal, at the start of the second half, has given the lagoon success success. Who, in addition to starting from 1-0 in the first leg, can count on the field factor in the return match and on the fact that they have arrived further ahead in the standings: in the event of a tie in goals between home and away, the Cittadella will not there would be nothing to do. In fact, the away goals do not count and there are no extra times: Venturato’s men must win by at least two goals, otherwise Venice would be celebrating.
In the first leg, the Cittadella paid dearly for Kastrati’s error, which paved the way for Di Mariano’s goal. Venturato’s men therefore start with an important handicap and need a comeback to treat themselves to Serie A, a dream that always seems close but that has escaped until now. The Cittadella is in fact the team that has played the most games in the Serie B playoffs, sixteen. But the promotion hasn’t arrived yet. While Venezia played seven matches in the post-season of the cadet championship.
That of the first leg was the third victory for Venezia against Cittadella in Serie B and the first at Tombolato: three draws and five wins for the grenades complete the balance sheet. The two teams faced each other in the last match of the regular season, with 1-1 always at the home of Venturato’s men: goals from Bocalon and Baldini. In the first leg match, at home to Venezia, a success came from the team coached by Zanetti: 1-0, as a few days ago, with Francesco Forte’s goal at the start. There are 90 minutes left in the Serie B season: Venezia sees the top flight and hopes to reach Empoli and Salernitana, Cittadella needs half a feat to fulfill the dream. Kick-off at 21.30 on Thursday 27 May.
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