Serie B Week 15: Torino Stay Top, Sampdoria Flounder

TURIN, ITALY - APRIL 18: Rolando Bianchi (L) of Torino FC celebrates with team mate Mirco Antenucci after scoring a goal during the Serie B match between Torino FC and Reggina Calcio at Olimpico Stadium on April 18, 2011 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)

The top leagues in each country may have had the weekend off for international matches, but the lower divisions kept right on playing, with Serie B doing its best to fill the yawning gap left in the hearts of Serie A fans. Italy's second division usually provides great fun, when one measures fun in the number of goals scored, but this week only Grosseto - Varese provided an excessive amount of goals, with the visitors leaving Tuscany the 5-1 victors.

The win puts Varese even on points with Sampdoria, although the Leopardi are handling it much better than Samp, who, despite putting in their best efforts last season to get themselves relegated, are anxious to climb back up to Serie A. Will Beppe Iachini be the one to lift them up?

Bari had the lead on league leaders Torino going into halftime, but a goal by Mirko Antenucci shortly after the break left i Galletti with just one point from their visit to Turin. Torino are joined up top by Sassuolo and Pescara up top, but Padova are closing in, having picked up a draw with the Dolphins on Sunday. Meanwhile, Ascoli picked up their first win of the season at Brescia via a goal by Vito Falconieri, but remain bottom of the table, 8 points behind Nocerina, who fell to Reggina.

Serie B Results

Brescia 0-1 Ascoli

Cittadella 2-2 Livorno

Grosseto 1-5 Varese

Gubbio 0-1 Sassuolo

Hellas 2-1 Crotone

Juve Stabia 2-2 Albinoleffe

Modena 0-2 Empoli

Pescara 1-1 Padova

Reggina 2-1 Nocerina

Sampdoria 0-1 Vicenza

Torino 1-1 Bari

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