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Jasmin Kurtic and the FCS lost a hard-fought game in La Spezia. © Social Media

Spezia fights against FC Südtirol

When FC Südtirol and Spezia Calcio meet, there is a spectacle. Although the second leg in Liguria wasn't quite as exciting as the first leg (3:3) - there were also some excitements on Saturday afternoon. In the end, the FCS suffered a defeat.

There were 6 goals in Bolzano in September. In the second leg in La Spezia only half fell, but otherwise the game lacked little. The spectators saw many hot scenes (including 2 penalties) and an intense game. After over 100 minutes of play, the home team celebrated a 2-1 win, which is worth its weight in gold in the relegation battle. The White-Reds, on the other hand, missed a great opportunity to distance themselves further from the playout zone.

FCS coach Federico Valente replaced the suspended Tommaso Arrigoni with Daouda Peeters. The Belgian was weak again and had to go out at halftime. The game was hard-fought from the start, at times disjointed and characterized by a lot of pettiness on both sides. Referee Andrea Di Marco had his hands full and had to be repeatedly supported by the VAR.

The most important things at a glance

Dream goal After 8 minutes, Verde gave the home team the lead with a brilliant left-footed shot - Cagnano and Masiello hadn't looked good before. 9 minutes later, Verde hit the crossbar with an arc lamp, but Poluzzi would probably have had it.
FCS compensation After a wonderful move over Davi, Molina is brought down by Bandinelli in the penalty area. Clear thing. Casiraghi converted the penalty into his 14th goal of the season. 10 of these goals came from penalties.
VAR in constant use The video referee has a lot to do. After 55 minutes there is a penalty alarm in the FCS penalty area. After a strong save from Poluzzi, it was Masiello's turn, but the referee team did not award a penalty.
Penalty No. 2 After 71 minutes there is the second penalty of the game, this time for Spezia. Cagnano had fouled Cassata, and here too the penalty is undisputed. Verde steps up and scores to make it 2-2.
Wild final phase In the last few minutes it goes back and forth. The FCS is pushing for the equalizer, but has no chances. On the other side, Francesco Pio Esposito squandered a good counterattack opportunity. After 7 minutes of injury time in the 2nd half it's over.

Things are going to get tough for the FCS in the coming weeks. First Cremonese will be waiting at home next Saturday, then there will be an international break. Afterwards we play against Como, league leaders Parma and Sampdoria.

Spezia Calcio – FC Südtirol 2:1

Specia: Zoet; Bertola (from 46. Francesco Pio Esposito), Hristov, Nikolaou; Mateju, Nagy (from 68th Cassata), Salvatore Esposito, Bandinelli (from 78th Jagiello), Elia (from 90th Gelashvili); Falcinelli, Verde (from 78. Vignali)
Coach: D'Angelo

FCS: Poluzzi; Masiello (from 81. Merkaj), Scaglia, Cagnano; Molina (from 86. Ciervo), Tait, Peeters (from 46. Peeters), Kurtic (from 68. Lonardi), Davi; Casiraghi (from 62. Mallamo); Odogwu
Coach: Valente

Referee: Marco's

Gates: 1:0 Verde (8th), 1:1 foul penalty Casiraghi (32nd), 2:1 foul penalty Verde (73rd)

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