Palermo have beaten 10-man Venezia to reach the Serie B promotion play-off final, where they’ll face Frosinone or Cittadella.
The first leg ended 1-1 at the Stadio Penzo, so as the Rosanero had a superior position at the end of the close season, they would go through with a draw or win.
Pippo Inzaghi’s Lagunari needed the victory within 90 minutes and there was no room for extra time.
The other semi-final is this evening between Frosinone and Cittadella.
Palermo took the lead through a frankly bizarre goal, as Andrea Rispoli’s attempted shot turned into an accidental assist for Aleksandar Trajkovski, whose effort was then parried from point-blank range only to ricochet into the net off Maurizio Domizzi’s shin.
Alberto Pomini denied an immediate equaliser with his save on Marco Pinato’s impressive volley, while Emil Audero fingertipped a Radoslaw Murawski low drive round the base of the upright.
The 37-year-old Palermo goalkeeper Pomini flew to palm a Marco Modolo header over, used his legs to deny an Alex Geijo free header and was at full stretch on a Leo Stulac snooker shot.
Unbalanced, Venezia started to lose their focus and saw Pinato sent off for a straight red card offence on Mato Jajalo.
Palermo were ready to double their lead when Domizzi brought down La Gumina, but the youngster had his penalty saved by Emil Audero.
Palermo 1-0 Venezia (2-1 agg)
Domizzi og 5 (P)
Sent off: Pinato 81 (V)
Saved penalty: La Gumina 88 (P)
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