Super Cosenza at the “Marulla”: extraordinary poker of the “Lupi” against Venezia


By John

Cosenza – Venezia 4-2

Markers: 10′ pt, 21′ pt, 36′ st Tutino, 19′ st Marras, 24′ st Busio, 42′ st Gytkjaer.

Cosenza (4-4-2): Micai 6; Cimino 6, Camporese 6, Venturi 6.5, Frabotta 7; Marras 7.5, Zuccon 7, Praszelik 6.5 (31′ st Calò 6), Mazzocchi 6.5; Tutino 9 (39′ st Crespi sv), Forte 6.5 (13′ st Voca 6). All.: Caserta.

Venice (4-4-2): Joronen 6; Candela 6.5, Altare 5 (1′ st Svoboda 5.5), Sverko 5, Zampano 5 (27′ st Ellertsson 6); Lella 5.5 (1′ st Gytkjaer 6.5), Tessmann 5.5, Busio 6, Johnsen 5.5 (27′ st Olivieri 6), Pohjanpalo 5.5, Pierini 5 (38′ st Dembélé sv). All.: Vanoli.

Referee: Foxes of Arezzo 6.5.

Note: rainy day, loose pitch, 2,256 spectators of which 108 guests. Booked: Venturi, Sverko, Tutino, Candela, Frabotta. Angles: 5-8. Recovery time: 3′, 6′.

Under wolf weather, on a field made heavy by rain, Cosenza finally comes out of the hole and shows off a great performance. Spectacular match in the first half, especially in the first quarter of the match which gave a crackling 3-1.

In the second half the hat-trick from the rossoblù number 9 and Gytkjaer set the score at 4-2. Deserved victory for the Wolves, the only discordant note was the yellow card for Tutino who, having been warned by a booking, will miss the next one. For the record, the guests immediately threatened with Candela, but his effort was blocked off the line by Venturi (4′). The home team responded immediately, but Forte and Marras were unable to capitalize on Tutino’s magic. Eventful start, Venezia tries again but following a corner Pohjanpalo heads wide. The Sila team, however, try again and this time manage to swell the net with a precise diagonal shot from around 25 meters by Tutino. We’re at 10′, Cosenza ahead. Praszelik tries again from the same position, but this time Joronen is good. Wolves unleashed: perfect cross from Frabotta, Marras sol in the center of the area makes it 2-0 with a great volley (19′). Not even having time to put the ball back in the center before Forte takes the crossbar and on the rebound Zuccon, from outside the area, unleashes a great shot that goes in thanks to Tutino’s decisive touch. At 21′ we are 3-0. Venezia wasn’t up for it and amid the rossoblù protests for a push on Venturi, they found a great goal from Busio 3′ later (shot from the edge) which changed the score again: 3-1. Before the referee’s double whistle there is still time to see a shot from Tutino saved by the opposing goalkeeper, an action that continues with Forte not reaching it and Frabotta dribbling an opponent but shooting badly, winning only a corner. He starts again with Vanoli’s boys determined to resume the match. The initial outburst has no results. Thus, the Caserta team tries but Tutino and Mazzocchi waste a juicy counterattack. It is Venezia, as is logical, that tries harder: Johnsen in the 62nd minute comes face to face with Micai but shoots wide. Cosenza is not precise in their passes and wastes several restart opportunities. Good attempt with Voca who takes a safe shot from a splendid cross from Marras, but his right-footed shot is blocked in the corner. In the umpteenth dubious situation (referee not in control of the match), a small brawl: Tutino will pay the price and, having been warned, will miss the next one. But the emotions aren’t over: first the rossoblù number 9 invents a curling shot and scores his personal hat-trick, then Gytkjaer (assisted by Olivieri) scores from a few steps away for the final 4-2. Cosenza finally returns to victory after seven dry matches, overtakes Sampdoria and moves to +3 from the playout zone. Venezia interrupts the streak of eight games without defeats against the Wolves (Giandbiaggi’s last rossoblù success 23 years ago in the year that could have given them the Serie A) and sees the top move away, as well as slipping to third place, overtaken by Como and caught up by Cremonese .