NEWS
Sunday June 3 2012
Play-outs: Vicenza-Empoli in balance

It ended all square between Vicenza and Empoli in the Serie B relegation play-out, so it goes down to the second leg.

Both these clubs have history in Serie A, but one of them will be going down to Lega Pro this summer along with already-relegated Nocerina, Gubbio and Albinoleffe.

Massimo Maccarone had the first chance with an angled drive that skimmed the far post, then threatened again with a cross slightly too high for his teammates.

Vicenza also went close with a pull-back for Davide Gavazzi blocked by desperate defending, then another of his efforts whistled just wide.

Alberto Frison flew to palm a Davide Moro screamer out from under the crossbar, while moments later at the other end Gavazzi again tested Dossena from the edge of the box.

Marco Gorzegno’s cross was flapped off the feet of Maccarone, who after the break shaved a coat of paint off the woodwork on two different occasions.

Empoli had a very promising opportunity on the hour mark with Riccardo Saponara surging forward and setting up Franco Signorelli to sting Frison’s palms.

Francesco Tavano provided the assist for Maccarone’s volley that Frison parried with a reaction save and in stoppages Elvis Abbruscato tested Dossena from a tight angle.

The second leg is in Empoli on Friday June 8. If that match also ends in a draw, then Empoli will be saved from relegation as they finished the season higher up the table, as away goals do not count in these play-outs.

Vicenza 0-0 Empoli

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