Serie A Club of the Round – Brescia

The most dominant display of the weekend belonged to Brescia, which was the only club to obtain a shut-out win in a seminal clash against Lecce.

In his second game back after being re-hired and coming off a win over SPAL, Eugenio Corini confirmed his go-to XI in toto but for Andrea Cistana, who was suspended, and Jesse Joronen, who is dealing with a head injury. They were replaced by Massimiliano Mangraviti and Enrico Alfonso, while Ernesto Torregrossa got the nod again next to Mario Balotelli up front. However, they lost Emanuele Ndoj to an injury after thirty minutes, when the match was still scoreless, and he was replaced by Nikolas Spalek, who turned out to be the deciding man in the contest.

The two sides traded long-range attempts in the first third, but the goalies answered the bell. The Rondinelle broke through at the 32nd minute, as Stefano Sabelli uncorked a long cross, Torregrossa flicked it on towards Spalek, who found Jhon Chancellor with a slide and the centre-back punched it home from zero meters with a knee touch.

Things got worse right before the half for the Salentini, as Gabriel misjudged a long-ball and gave up on it too early, Sabelli did not and managed to hook and send it towards the middle before it went out of bounds, perfectly setting up Torregrossa for another tap-in.

In the second half, Balotelli grazed the post with a potent strike. The Biancoblù were not done scoring easy goals and the final one was nudged home by Spalek, who took advantage of a great square ball by Dimitri Bisoli after Torregrossa had outmuscled a defender on a counter.

The lineup of the guests became increasingly offensive, but Alfonso came out beautifully on Gianluca Lapadula and Khouma Babacar to deny their best chances of the game and they were unable to re-open it. Romulo almost scored twice on fast-breaks but could not find his touch in the box and a deflected shot by Balotelli, who had his most convincing display of the season despite not scoring, rattled the crossbar.

Brescia breath a little in the standings with six points in the last two fixtures, abandon the last place and are now just behind the 17th position. In the fantasy game, Jhon Chancellor paced his side with eight points, followed by Alfonso, Spalek and Sabelli, who hauled in seven, the defenders Ales Mateju, Bruno Martella and Romulo five for the clean sheet, Bisoli four for a helper and Torregrossa three for the goal and a yellow card.

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