Thursday August 20 2020
Serie B: Spezia win promotion to Serie A

Spezia have reached Serie A for the first time in history and follow Benevento and Crotone after Thursday’s 1-0 defeat to Frosinone in the Serie B play-off.

The Ligurians lost 1-0 against Frosinone but it was enough to take them to the top flight after the 1-0 win at the Benito Stirpe last Saturday.

Spezia had the best League position and therefore the draw on aggregate means that Vincenzo Italiano’s team have reached Serie A for the first time since the Second World War.

An intense first half at the Stadio Alberto Picco ended without goals, but the visitor came closest through Andrea Beghetto, who rattled the woodwork.

Alessandro Nesta’s men had a few chances but couldn’t find a way through a compact Spezia side, who went into the break just 45 minutes away from promotion to Serie A.

Vincenzo Italiano’s men started the second half on a positive note, but Frosinone kept knocking and eventually grabbed the lead after 62 minutes.

Camillo Ciano found Marcus Rohden with a back-heel flick and the midfielder beat goalkeeper Simone Scuffet and pulled Frosinone level, but it wasn’t enough to help Frosinone win promotion, as the visitors needed to win by two goals to win promotion.

Spezia 0-1 (1-1) Frosinone

Goals:Rohden 62 (F)

Spezia (4-3-3): Scuffet; Ferrer (Vignali 88), Erlic, Terzi, Vitale; Bartolomei, Ricci, Maggiore (Mora 78); Nzola (Di Gaudio 88), Galabinov, Quartsin Gyasi (Mastinu 73)

Frosinone (3-4-1-2): Barci; Brighenti (Citro 85), Ariaudo, Krajnc; Salvi (Tribuzzi 77), Maiello (Paganini 85), Haas, Beghetto; Rohden; Novakovich (Ardemagni 67), Ciano