Rossella Marrai-Ricco has been working in the football media industry for six seasons, covering predominantly Italian and South African football. She has interviewed some of the biggest names in football. Her work can be found in Soccer Laduma's (South Africa) weekly newspaper, Soccer360 or Football Italia.
In a Saturday filled with lots of goals it saw some great games filled with a bit of everything. The game to watch was no doubt Brescia hosting the current leaders Albinoleffe, and it didn't fail to produce excitement. After a goalless first half the second half started off with controversy. Santacroce was sent off after a foul in the penalty area and his blushes were saved when Viviano saved Cellini's penalty. 'Leffe later managed to find the opener through a resistant Brescia defense, this time Cellini didn't fail to place the ball in the back of the net. However Brescia never gave up, Tacchnardi continued to inspire his team as he tapped the ball into the back of the net after an error by the 'Leffe's defense. All was suddenly looking possible for Cosmi's men. But it was an 87 minute goal by Ruopolo that sunk Brescia as Albinoleffe went onto to maintain top spot.
After an impressive 4-1 win over Messina last weekend, Chievo failed to maintain that good run as they fell 4-0 to a Bologna side that continue to look impressive. But the game that took the headlines was another game where five goals was scored. Rimini beat Cesena 4-1 to send them to the bottom of the table with just 7 points. The defeat saw Coach Fabrizio Castori sacked after a successful four years on the bench. Rumours that former Atalanta coach Giovanni Vavassori will be next to sit on the bench.
Lecce returned to playing and a 2-0 win over Mantova was more than enough for the Southerners as they didn't look like they were in the mood to play following the death of one of their technical staff a week ago. Touching tributes were made during the goal celebrations as the players went and kissed a photo.