Sunday June 12 2011
Novara promoted to Serie A!

Novara have beaten 10-man Padova 2-0 for Serie A promotion, returning to the top flight for the first time since 1956 – a gap of 55 years!

The first leg ended goalless and away goals do not count in the play-offs, so it would go down to the team that ended highest up the table during the season.

That was Novara, so they knew a home draw would be enough to see them make the leap up into Serie A.

This game got off to the perfect start for Novara, as Cesar got himself foolishly sent off after just 14 minutes for a last man foul on Pablo Andres Gonzalez.

Striker Gonzalez got back up and broke the deadlock by curling a left-foot free kick into the near bottom corner of the net.

Padova opted to replace star striker Stephan El Shaarawy to shore up the squad with another defender.

The visitors did push forward as Daniele Vantaggiato skimmed the bar with a free kick, then Lisuzzo decisively charged down a snapshot from Marcos De Paula.

Novara stepped up the pace after the break with saves to deny Michael Morganella's angled drive and a Francesco Marianini header.

Padova would not give in and goalkeeper Samir Ujkani had to stick out a foot to parry Claudio Matias Cuffa's effort.

Francesco Renzetti robbed Morganella and nutmegged Lisuzzo only to fire wide from a tight angle.

Novara survived the scare and doubled their lead to get the promotion party started. Juventus-owned Marco Rigoni created a splendid solo effort finished off by an angled drive.

It's a remarkable achievement for Attilio Tesser's Novara, who were in Lega Pro last season and achieved two consecutive promotions.

Not only has the Piedmont club not been in Serie A since the 1955-56 campaign, they hadn't even managed to climb into Serie B since 1976-77 before this term.

Novara join Atalanta and Siena in moving up into the top flight for 2011-12.

Novara 2-0 Padova (2-0 on agg)

Scorers: Gonzalez 16 (N), Rigoni 70 (N)

Sent off: Cesar 14 (P)

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