Cosenza emerges from Bari unscathed. Goalless draw at “San Nicola”


By John

Bari – Cosenza 0-0

Bari (4-3-3): Brenno 6; Dorval 6.5, Di Cesare 6 (1′ st Zuzek 6), Vicari 6.5, Ricci 6; Maita 6 (31′ st Bellomo 6), Benali 6.5, Edjouma 6 (39′ st Acampora sv); Achik 6 (30′ st Aramu 6), Nasti 5 (39′ st Menez sv), Sibilli 5.5. All.: Marino.
Cosenza (3-5-2): Micai 6.5; Meroni 6.5, Venturi 7, Fontanarosa 6.5 (29′ st Sgarbi 6); Rispoli 6 (11′ st Cimino 6), Zuccon 6 (11′ st Calò 6), Praszelik 6, Florenzi 5.5 (1′ st Voca 6), Martino 6; Mazzocchi 7, Tutino 7 (39′ st Crespi sv). All.: Caserta.
Referee: Gualtieri of Asti 6.
Note: clear day, pitch in good condition, 17,646 spectators of which 1290 guests. Expelled: 47′ st Praszelik for a double yellow card. Booked: Di Cesare, Ricci, Benali, Florenzi, Achik, Nasti, Cimino, Sibilli. Angles: 7-7. Recovery time: 2′, 3′.

The match between two of the queens of Southern Italy, Bari and Cosenza, ends goalless. At “San Nicola” the winner prevails fear for the two teams that try, but certify that they are convalescent. For the record, the two teams started cautiously. In the 5th minute Praszelik warms up Brenno’s gloves with a shot from distance. From the next corner he mixes in the red and white area, but Rispoli shoots high. On the opposite side, Micai’s clumsy exit, but Di Cesare scores an empty goal. In the 15th minute, the first real chance of the match: the former Nasti serves Achik who appears in front of Micai, but shoots at the rossoblù goalkeeper. In the 22nd minute Benali tries, but his shot following a corner kick chips the post to the right of the Sila goalkeeper. Tutino, in the 28th minute, takes an elbow from Ricci in the Galletti area, but the referee and Var consider the blow involuntary and let it go. Minute number thirty-eight, another good chance for Bari with Nasti’s header (assisted by Achik) deflected laterally by Micai. It’s the last emotion of the first half. The second half opens with a double attempt by Mazzocchi: first a poisonous shot with Brenno who isn’t surprised, then a splendid turn just wide. On the opposite front, Achik fumbles and wastes two restarts. In the 62nd minute great work by Cimino on the right, cross for Mazzocchi’s head deflected for a corner. From the flag goes Calò who, on the second attempt, brushes for Fontanarosa but his attempt goes out at the bottom. With time almost up Mazzocchi takes the Bari defense for a walk but shoots just wide. At the other end, Vicari heads the ball just wide. There is still time just to see Praszelik’s expulsion for a double yellow, after a bad foul on Dorval. A draw that could go well for Cosenza. The rossoblù team, waiting to recover important players, returns to score points away from home, winning the second consecutive point and maintaining its distance from the playout zone. For the moment, after the three knockouts in a row before Parma, this could be fine. On Tuesday it will be Como’s turn on the “Marulla” boxing day.