Sunday June 2 2019
Hellas Verona return to Serie A

Hellas Verona have been officially promoted after spending just one season in Serie B thanks to their comeback win over Cittadella tonight.

The Gialloblu lost the first leg of the promotion decider 2-0 away, but won their home tie by 3-0, with the minnows reduced to nine men.

They are only the second ever side to win the Final after a two-goal deficit from the first leg, as Torino came back from a 4-2 defeat in 2005-06.

Under the play-off rules, even a 2-2 aggregate result would’ve allowed Hellas to win the tie, because they finished the regular season in fifth place compared to Cittadella’s seventh.

Verona’s promotion will be even sweeter, as city rivals Chievo were relegated this season, so we’ll have to wait for a Derby della Scala.

Veteran striker Giampaolo Pazzini scored 12 times and led the charge towards Serie A, while former Juventus midfielder Luca Marrone and Scotland’s Liam Henderson also shone this season.

Fabio Grosso was sacked as Coach at the beginning of May after a run of eight games without a win and ex-Napoli striker Alfredo Aglietti replaced him in the dugout at the Stadio Bentegodi.

The Gialloblu are familiar faces in the Italian top flight, with 28 Serie A seasons under their belt.

I Mastini famously won the Scudetto under Osvaldo Bagnoli in 1985 thanks to the likes of Hans-Peter Briegel, Preben Elkjear, and Giuseppe Galderisi.

Italy international Jorginho came through the Hellas youth team before joining Napoli for around €10m in 2014.