Pescara return to Serie A

Pescara were given a scare by Trapani, but Valerio Verre’s stunner secured their return to Serie A after three seasons away.

Massimo Oddo’s side held a 2-0 lead from the first leg, and were therefore favourites to deny the home side a first-ever Serie A campaign.

The Delfini were last promoted to the top-flight for the 2012-13 season, with a side featuring the likes of Lorenzo Insigne, Marco Verratti and Ciro Immobile.

Pescara were given a scare by Trapani, but Valerio Verre’s stunner secured their return to Serie A after three seasons away.

Massimo Oddo’s side held a 2-0 lead from the first leg, and were therefore favourites to deny the home side a first-ever Serie A campaign.

The Delfini were last promoted to the top-flight for the 2012-13 season, with a side featuring the likes of Lorenzo Insigne, Marco Verratti and Ciro Immobile.

However, the departure of those players, as well as Coach Zdenek Zeman, made if difficult for the club, and they were relegated after just one season.

Having finished the Serie B season a point behind Trapani, the Biancazzurri nevertheless beat the Sicilian side 2-0 in the first leg.

After missing out in a play-off against Bologna last season, it looked as though they may fall short again, as the Granata took the lead after just five minutes.

Nicolo Citro looked offside as he latched onto Igor Coronado’s pass, but he kept his cool to put his team back in the tie with a curling left-footed strike, and replays showed that Francesco Zapano was probably playing him on.

Coronado himself should have levelled the scores on aggregate, but he could find a way to poke the ball home after turning in the six yard box on 23 minutes.

The visitors were looking nervous, and struggled to muster any meaningful forays toward the Trapani goal, but could have levelled proceedings 10 minutes before the break.

Gianluca Lapadula has been far and away the top scorer in Serie B this season, but was unable to convert when played-through on on 35 minutes.

The striker struck the ball well, but Nicolas Andrade, on loan from Verona, came out well to prevent Lapadula from getting a 28th goal of the season.

Seconds later, Gianluca Caprari found Cristian Pasquato, but Andrade once again rushed out, this time sticking out a foot to divert the ball away.

Lapadula had penalty appeals waved away, his header striking the arm of a Trapani defender, but the intervention was not deliberate.

The opening stages of the second half were cagey, but Pescara put one foot in Serie A with perhaps the best goal of the season.

The ball struck the referee after a clearance by the Trapani defence, with the ball falling to Valerio Verre.

It appeared to be stuck between player and official, 40 yards from goal, but Verre managed to flight the ball over Andrade from a seemingly impossible distance.

As the home side pushed for the two goals they now needed, space was left behind the defence, and Gennaro Scognamiglio was dismissed for denying Lapadula a goalscoring opportunity.

Thereafter Trapani pushed for a second – and a third – but the visitors were happy to hold their lead, and secured their return to Serie A without too many further scares.

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