SPAL pushed Benevento aside to break further away from the relegation zone, but aren’t safe yet.
Le Streghe were already relegated, but not going down without a fight, as they beat Milan at San Siro and held Udinese 3-3 last week. The Spallini were promoted top of Serie B last summer and determined not to join Verona and Benevento by sliding straight back again. Manuel Lazzari, Federico Viviani, Alex Meret and Sauli Vaisanen were ruled out, while the visitors missed Luca Antei, Jean-Claude Billong, Marco D’Alessandro, Filip Djuricic, Guilherme, Andrea Costa, Ledian Memushaj, Alin Tosca and suspended Enrico Brignola and Danilo Cataldi.
Alfred Gomis flew to fingertip a Nicolas Viola free kick out of the far top corner, but SPAL broke through with a classic counter-attack.
Bacary Sagna, who should have the experience to know better, was caught in possession by Mirko Antenucci, whose shot cannoned off the underside of the bar and Alberto Paloschi nodded in the rebound.
Gomis had to be alert on Cheick Diabate and Christian Puggioni rushed off his line to close down Paloschi.
Antenucci got away from Sparandeo and was brought down with a tug on the shoulder for a penalty from the Primavera youth team defender. He was back on his feet to convert the resulting spot-kick and secure SPAL’s victory.
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