Serie A Club of the Round – Frosinone


Few worthy candidates in this round, but Frosinone were the only one to dispose of their opponents on the road, therefore earning the shout-out. The Ciociari had won just one game thus far and were overwhelmed by Atalanta just last week, drawing harsh criticism from Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis who said that they did not belong in Serie A. They answered on the pitch with a dominating display against Bologna and they are now * points behind the 17th placed

Regular starters Lorenzo Ariaudo and Francesco Zampano are sidelined with injuries, while Joel Campbell left during the weekend a little out of the blue, so Marco Baroni chose Bartosz Salamon in the back, Paolo Ghiglione on the left flank and Camillo Ciano and Andrea Pinamonti up front. Differently from last week, Francesco Cassata was selected over Luca Valzania in the midfield.

The guests received a big help from the Felsinei after 13 minutes, as Federico Mattiello stomped onto Cassata’s leg chasing a loose ball and was sent off. Barring a couple of counters by the opponents, the Gialloblù pretty much cruised from here on out and broke the deadlock after 18 minutes, with Andrea Beghetto finding a wide-open Ghiglione in the box for a cozy header. They delivered the knock-out punch in similar manner three minutes later, with again Beghetto escaping on the right flank and connecting with Camillo Ciano this time, who just had to tuck it home.

Bologna tried to get something cooking in the final stages of the first half, but without much vigor and with only Rodrigo Palacio active in the trident. Andrea Pinamonti put them away at the 52th minutes with a sharp effort from the edge of the box, where Lukas Skorupski could have done more as it went just through his hands. Camillo Ciano bagged his second at the 75th minutes: the ball hit him as he was forming a one-man wall on a long free kick, generating a solo counter that he concluded with aplomb. He is now up to six goals in the year.

An unlikely fantasy feast for Frosinone, with Ciano pacing everybody with his eight points, followed by Marco Sportiello, who kept a rare free kick, with seven, Andrea Beghetto got six for his two assists, like Cassata for his feed to Pinamonti, who collected four, alongside Paolo Ghiglione and Marco Capuano. Few others accrued points thanks to the clean sheet.

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