SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 37 - 22 May 2017 (19.45 UK)
2 - 0
Muric 19 (P) Mitrita 87 (P)
Stadio Adriatico

Pescara salvaged some pride with a 2-0 win over Palermo, but wayward finishing meant it should have been more.

Robert Muric scored on his first Serie A start in the first half, before Alexandru Mitrita doubled the hosts’ advantage in the second half of what was a dead rubber.

Both sides were already relegated, while the hosts were already doomed to finish bottom of the Serie A table.

Zdenek Zeman opted for Alberto Cerri up-front, as the Deflini looked to say goodbye to their home fans before next season in Serie B.

Cerri came close to breaking the deadlock after 10 minutes, but his left-footed shot on the turn went just over the bar.

Pescara did take the lead on 14 minutes, Robert Muric with a find downward header after Gianluca Carprari’s cross.

Ilja Nestorovski should have equalised, but he shot tamely at Vincenzo Fiorello after Francesco Zampano’s wayward pass.

That was the Rosanero’s only real chance of the half as they largely ceded possession to the hosts, with Alessandro Diamanti summing things up with a wayward shot on 44 minutes.

Despite his goal, Muric was subbed at the break and replaced by Alexandru Mitrita.

Cerri again came close after the break, but Thiago Cionek got back to scramble away his goal-bound shot.

Ivalyo Chochev then went close to an equaliser, but his header was brilliantly saved at the back post by Fiorillo.

The hosts came up with a wonderful piece of football with 69 minutes played, but Cerri lamely shot over the bar with the goal at his mercy.

The big striker wasted another chance with 15 minutes to play, scuffing the ball at Andrea Fulignati after being set up on the edge of the box.

Gianluca Caprari found acres of space at the back post, but his attempt to stab it back to substitute Alberto Gilardino was cut out.

The Delfini did finally make it 2-0 near the end, Mitrita running on to Gaston Brugman’s through ball to send the ball through the legs of Fulignati.

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: Fiorillo; Zampano, Bovo, Fornasier, Biraghi (Campagnaro, 86); Verre, Brugman, Memushaj; Muric (Mitrita, 46), Cerri (Gilardino, 75), Caprari
: Fulignati; Cionek, Goldaniga, Gonzalez; Rispoli (Trajkovski, 75), Jajalo, B. Henrique (Lo Faso, 64), Chochev, Aleesami; Diamanti (Sallai, 81); Nestorovski
Ref: Pairetto