Spice – SPEZIA-CHIEVO 3-1
Scorer: 2’pt Galabinov, 5’st Major, 7’st Nzola; 49’st rig. Leverbe
Scuffet; Ferrer, Erlic, Terzi, Vitale (34’st Ramos); Bartolomei, M. Ricci, Maggiore (22’st Mora); Nzola, Galabinov (32’st Ragusa), Gyasi (34’st Di Gaudio). A disp. Krapikas, Desjardins, Vignali, Ramos, Acampora, Di Gaudio, Ricci F., Mastinu, Gudjohnsen, Bastoni. All. Vincenzo Italiano
Semper; Dickmann, Region, Leverbe, Renzetti; Segre (14th Zuelli), Esposito (1st Garritano), Obi (32nd Ongenda); Vignato (14th Morsay), Djordjevic (32nd Grubac), Ceter. A disp. Nardi, Cotali, Vaisanen, Karamoko, Pavlev, Cavar, Di Noia. All. Alfredo Aglietti
Referee: Molfetta Faster
Assistants: Di Gioia from Modena and Schirru from Nichelino
Iv Man: Rapuano of Rimini
Var: Ghersini di Genova
Avar: Ros of Pordenone
Booked: Dichmann, Maggiore, Segre
Recovery: 2 ‘(pt), 6’ (st)
20.31 – Accompanied by two wings of the crowd, as it should have been and regardless of how it went to the “Bentegodi”. From the Nh Hotel, passing along the seafront and turning on the avenues that lead to the old peak, the meaning was to give an adrenaline rush to a group that necessarily had to and will have to deal with the psychological aspect. And if this evening should be the last of this interminable and unforgettable season, it is right to close with everything that cannot be missing: before putting down your weapons you have to stay in the trenches until the last breath. Until the end.
20.49 – With a heat that perfectly respects the time of year, Spezia must try: 90 ‘to beat the opponents with two goals and snatch the ticket for the finals. Very tough because the yellow and blue are strong, compact and have the ability to manage the undoubted advantage obtained in the first leg. La Spezia changes: Vitale, Maggiore and Galabinov are in the starting eleven. Italian chooses a trident of power and renounces, at least initially, Di Gaudio and Mora. The referee of the match is the Apulian Abbattista, from the Aia di Molfetta section.
On the ‘montetto’ as in the roaring 70s, to cheer without seeing the pitch, to be heard, and they really feel, with the live video in their hands and the desire to contribute to the cause, to build a night of dreamers, a legendary night. We with the voice, you with the heart, a classic curve phrase that is always valid, but never like tonight: the rest must be put in by the players, playing as if it were the last to ensure that it is not. The choirs rise high, the effect for those lucky enough to be inside is touching and football becomes magic after less than 2 ‘: Bartolomei’s surgical foot bowl in the area a perfect ball for Galabinov’s pumpkin that places it where Semper just can’t get there. The “Peak” is practically empty but whoever is in the stands abandons the tension and releases the exultation, angry and marvelous: 1-0 Spezia. What a start, guys!
The game is released in interverting parts at the same precise moment three days ago and as then those who pass forward press on the accelerator, galvanized by the goal: Chievo seems a bit like the Spezia of Bentegodi but has more luck shortly after in freeing themselves from a evil ball, the result of a defensive blunder.
Permissive knockdown towards a foul and obstructive Chievo. But the Spezia is there.
The choirs outside the stadium break the silence and accompany the action of Terzi and his companions, Aglietti asks for order and ardor, to move the inertia. In the short term, a purposeful Vitale drinks Dichmann in fine style, involves Maggiore who prepares the ground for Matteo Ricci’s right: the tile would be interesting but he opens too much. Certainly nothing can be said to a team that entered the field in the right way to attempt a very difficult undertaking against a Chievo in blockade mode but twenty meters further back than on Saturday. Referee shot down referee not up to such an important match: the foul not granted to Gyasi on the edge of the area is just one of the several disputed episodes. But Spezia must not fall into the trap of getting nervous by situations, it would be all to the advantage of the Venetians. At half an hour Bartolomei’s head shot ends in Semper’s hands, hitting too centrally on a cross with eyes closed by Matteo Ricci that went to close a great good eagle action, orchestrated by a Major in the great evening and by a very good Galabinov to move the ball from one side of the attack to the other.
Nzola devours the incredible, which Galabinov played.
La Spezia insists, he has brains and legs to not stop his enthusiasm. Also because Chievo is too worried not to reveal themselves, relying on the interval and the reshuffling of the cards that will take place with the substitutions. Bianchi close to doubling in the 32nd minute when Ferrer’s cross from the right enhances the insertion of Maggiore who hits his head without giving a corner. For Semper there are no problems but the Chievo goalkeeper is even superlative a little later: his little big miracle does it again tonight and looking closely at his parade is more important than the penalty neutralized by Ricci on Saturday evening. It is providential when he manages to hypnotize Nzola who had sprinted alone on Galabinov’s masterful spike: what the Frenchman devours himself, who tries to cross but finds the extreme of Chievo ready to anticipate the attacker’s play.
There is Garritano for Esposito in Chievo who starts the second fraction with Obi in the middle. Djordjevic tries, as in the first half, to provoke the players of La Spezia with interventions at the limit under the eyes of a Blaster who should warn him rather than catechize him: a yellow, we are sure, would make him stop suddenly. La Spezia orchestrates just like in the first half and in the 3 ‘Bartolomei’s razor blade touches the far post after an insistent action started by Nzola and continued by Gyasi. We have to pull our hair out of melancholy because a golletto would be the right thing in the last year. But the Garfagnino midfielder does not know that that touched wood is nothing more than the prelude to the goal that arrives at 5 ‘. Action insisted on the left-handed embellished by a Vitale in great poise and capable of a billiard shot to serve Maggiore in the heart of the area: the La Spezia does not think twice and kicks with all his strength in the body piercing Semper on his pole. Open heaven, it’s the goal that puts everything back in place, and outside the stadium it’s a delusion!
Nzola gets forgiven for the mistake and kills Semper: it’s 3-0 and it’s a real party outside.
Beat it ‘this iron that is hot! It seems to tell the wind that accompanies the ball kicked by Martin Erlic towards the very distant Nzola who is impregnable tonight on the wing. His war starts from midfield when he leaves the marking, wins the contrast with Rigione and finds himself again in front of Semper: this time, however, the goalkeeper can do nothing on the shot under the former Trapani who makes a goal more difficult than the one he had wrong in the first half and also sends his teammates into raptures. Outside the Peak is like another game with incredulous fans and the only collective thought of an entire city glued in front of the tablet, in the time that is missing. Via dei Pioppi invaded by the faithful and think of the coincidences of a year-long season: probably never in their life would have dreamed of “watching” the race on the asphalt, right there where in October they challenged the team, at the time penultimate in the standings . Seven minutes after the whistle that kicks off the second half, Spezia leads 3-0 and now it’s Chievo who will have to score twice to continue the adventure. We have to manage and make them run, anesthetize every ambition, fight as if we were at the beginning of this incredible evening: it is Mora’s moment who, halfway through the second half, takes the place of Maggiore, warned.
Chievo obtains and scores a penalty but it is already too late.
Vitale and Gyasi end up on their knees, they are authors of very important tests and have spent everything but everything they had on: discounted their replacements with Ramos and Di Gaudio. Italian dances on the line of the technical area and never stops giving advice, even if, knowing him a little, he would gladly put on his shoes and take the field again. He wants his people to make war or rather he wants them not to stop waging it: the war of Nzola authentic driver of the team, conqueror of dead balls with those velocipede shots. Chievo has never been seen near Scuffet but we know that one episode is enough: Aglietti plays his chances in the final, asking a tired team to throw their heart over the obstacle. But this evening Spezia runs on every ball with the enthusiasm of the winners and for the Venetians there is no real forcing: the minutes seem to pass inexorably but the unfavorable episode happens in the second of recovery with the touch of Mora’s hand which causes the penalty. Leverbe marks it by displacing Scuffet but in the final 3 ‘nothing will change a perfect and in some way historic evening. La Spezia cancels the first 9 ‘of the Bentegodi with a thrilling test: perfect, you were perfect! It’s all true, this city is playing Serie A. And it’s a party outside!