Wednesday June 18 2014
Cesena promoted to Serie A

Cesena are back in Serie A after a 4-2 aggregate promotion play-off victory over Latina.

They step up to the top flight along with Palermo and Empoli, as this will be their 13th campaign at the highest level.

The first leg had ended 2-1 to Cesena, but away goals do not count in the play-offs, so an aggregate draw would promote the team with the best position in the close season: Latina.

The Stadio Francioni was completely packed out for this potentially historic occasion and Latina got off to a strong start.

They took the lead after 13 minutes when defender Bruno smashed a right-foot shot under the bar.

With this result Latina would be in Serie A, but Cesena threatened an equaliser with a fine save on Coppola.

The goal did arrive after the break, as Defrel tapped in a Marilungo cross from the left.

Cesena were forced to substitute injured goalkeeper Coser and survived a late scare when Jonathas blasted over from close range.

The Cavallucci Marini consolidated their promotion with a penalty in the final minute of stoppages, converted by Cascione after Laribi’s foul on Marilungo.

It was one push too far for Latina, who were only re-founded in 2009 after bankruptcy and before this season had never even played in Serie B.

Latina 1-2 Cesena (2-4 on agg)

Scorers: Bruno 13 (L), Defrel 54 (C), Cascione pen 94 (C)