Empoli 2, Livorno 1

Third Tuscan Derby ends in 2-1 defeat for Livorno 

7th October 2008 The first new report on the fortunes of Livorno coincides with the first defeat of the season. I hope this does not become a trend! The third Tuscan derby in the space of three weeks ended the run of five consecutive draws for the Amaranti. After home draws with Pisa and Grosseto, the away fixture with Empoli was always going to be tough. Relegated last season from Serie A and one of the favourites to bounce straight back, Empoli started the game as favourites.

Goal from Candreva

A good travelling support made the long and arduous trip along the SS67 to the Stadio Carlo Castellani. The game started well with an early goal from ‘bomber’, Antonio Candreva.
Although Livorno had the early exchanges, Empoli edged back into the game and equalised four minutes before half time. A 30 yard shot from Pasquato rebounded off the bar leaving Corvia unmarked to head home. However, Livorno had the opportunity to restore their advantage after half time when Tavano was fouled in the area. Tavano took responsibility against his former club, but a poor kick saw his effort easily saved by Bassi. Another long range shot was again the undoing of Livorno. This time, Buscé shot from 35 yards and saw his effort evade De Lucia’s fingertips and hit the back of the net.

Rosi goal disallowed

All was not lost, as Livorno put on a late surge with Volpe charging into the penalty area only to see his hard work denied by a superb reflex save from Bassi. In the dying minutes Rosi had a goal disallowed for offside, even though it looked as if he was at least level.

This condemned Livorno to their first defeat in the league this season.

After match comments

After the game, the goal scorer Candreva expressed doubts over the disallowed goal and stated "We are very sorry for us and the fans, but we have put in the maximum effort and definitely we did not deserve to lose” (www.livornocalcio.it).

Livorno in fourteenth place

The result leaves Empoli second and showing their promotion credentials, but condemned Livorno to fourteenth place. The only saving grace is that Pisa is one place below!
Now Acori and the team are putting this defeat behind them and focussing on the next match against Frosinone on Sunday. Here’s hoping for a return to winning ways. I don’t want to be the harbinger of bad luck. Mark Doidge

Empoli v Livorno

Thank you for your  excellent match report Mark. A very disappointing result with another lacklustre display from main man Francesco Tavano. Altogether after a bright start to the season the lights have dimmed a little but there's plenty of time for manager Acori to get things right. Let's hope Mr Spinelli gives him that time. Good to see Ale Diamante is still at the club. Livorno need his class to propel them forward. Also Alleandro Rosi(on loan)looks a very useful player with skill and enthusiasm in large amounts. Livorno do need Tavano to find his form again however and find the back of the net. Still plenty to play for yet, looking forward to your future reports Mark. Forza Livorno!!

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