goal by Columbus. Baroni's team remains in Serie A - Corriere.it

goal by Columbus.  Baroni's team remains in Serie A - Corriere.it

Of Monica Colombo

Lecce narrowly wins on the Monza field with Colombo's goal in expired time, now certainty of salvation

MONZA Lecce celebrates their salvation in advance by beating Monza in injury time with a penalty scored by former AC Milan player Lorenzo Colombo. Palladino's team that threw away the chance to take the lead with the wrong penalty from Gytkyaer the duel with Torino and Fiorentina - who have a point advantage - for the conquest of eighth place was postponed to the last day.

The news of Empoli's daring draw with Verona in the final part of the match took away the pathos from the Apulian match, forced to score points but no longer choked with water. Yet Baroni's team made themselves more dangerous in the first half of the match in the Monza stadium, in full swing for eighth place with a view to the cups. Berlusconi take us to Europe, sing the curve of Monza and never choir was more punctual. For Banda, with his accelerations on the left-handed wing, he created the greatest thrills in the first half, confusing Ciurria and Marlon.

In the 16th minute the Zambian full-back from Lecce took advantage of a lightness from Pablo Mar and served Strefezza for the penalty blocked by Izzo. Two minutes later Banda again with his accelerations to confuse the Brianza defense and set up a good opportunity for Ceesay, thwarted by Pablo Mar. Thanks to the heat, Monza in a stadium that sold out and the record spectators - over 15 thousand people - struggle to establish themselves and build interesting game plots.

At half-time Palladino changes everything, removes Petagna (invisible and underserved) and the undertone Rovella to insert Sensi and midfield and Birindelli in the right lane advancing on the line of Ciurria attacking midfielders. Dany Mota instead takes Petagna's place at the center of the attack. Tactical changes change the course of the match. The Brianza players accelerated and Ciurria narrowly missed Carlos Augusto's inviting cross. Gytkjaer, the hero of the promotion on the night in Pisa, in his last appearance with the Monza shirt spoils an easy opportunity from close range. In the 25th minute of the second half Banda, still him, remotely controlled a millimeter assist for Ceesay on a restart whose diagonal ended off in a breath. Luckily for him he was offside. In the 79th minute, the Brianza players claim a penalty for Baschirotto's sprawling intervention which overwhelms the ball and Colpani's legs. In fact, Doveri first denies the penalty, then called back to the Var, warns Baschirotto and concedes the penalty that Gytkjaer lets Falcone save.

There are eight injury time minutes and in that time the miracle happens for Lecce. Gytkjaer intercepts the ball with his arm, after the Var check the referee whistles the penalty in the 53rd minute. Former AC Milan player Lorenzo Colombo goes to the penalty spot and gives Lecce three points and a stay in Serie A. Monza consoles the Viking in tears and postpones the remaining hopes of eighth place with a view to Europe to the last round. In the stands reappeared Ariedo Braida, whose contract as consultant to the president of Cremonese Arvedi expires on 30 June next. He dreams of returning to Monza, to reform a unique triumvirate with Berlusconi and Galliani, but contrary to rumors, nothing has yet been decided.

May 28, 2023 (change May 28, 2023 | 5:18 pm)

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