Venezia drew 1-1 with Cittadella despite being down to 10 men for over an hour to clinch promotion back into Serie A after 19 years.
The first leg had ended 1-0 for Venezia away, while the Lagunari also had the advantage of finishing the regular season higher up the table.
That means that if this tie ended level, Paolo Zanetti’s Venezia would be promoted without the need for extra time or a penalty shoot-out at the Stadio Penzo.
Venezia last experienced Serie A football in 2001-02, but since then have gone bankrupt three times, whereas Cittadella – also based in the Veneto region – have never made it to the top flight.
Cittadella quickly wiped out the first leg result when Federico Proia prodded in Manuel Iori’s cross from the left with the outside of the boot from six yards.
Things went from bad to worse for Venezia, as Pasquale Mazzocchi foolishly received two yellow cards in the space of barely 30 seconds, throwing himself into a late tackle for the dismissal.
Despite being down to 10 men for over an hour, the Lagunari didn’t run that many risks or require huge saves, and even ended up equalising in stoppages.
Riccardo Bocalon went on the counter to meet the smart low cross from Youssef Maleh, the ideal man to send them into Serie A, as Bocalon was born 10 minutes from the Stadio Penzo.
Venezia 1-1 Cittadella (2-1 agg)
Proia 26 (C), Bocalon 93 (V)
Sent off: Mazzocchi 36 (V)