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Serie A Match Report: Lecce vs Hellas Verona – Postponed Match Ends in 2-2 Draw

The first of the two postponements on Monday ends in a draw A league. Il Lecce did not regain the victory that had been missing for two months and, despite taking the lead twice, they were caught again on as many occasions and drew 2-2 withHellas Verona. A draw that doesn’t move the Scaligeri rankings, but can save the bench Barons: the technician is promoted for the new module and changes. TO D’AversaHowever, a great Falcone is not enough.


Lecce’s long winless streak continues, without a win since 22 September, while Hellas Verona interrupts a series of five consecutive defeats. These are the big themes of the Bentegodi match, which ended with a 2-2 comeback for the hosts. News for both teams at the Bentegodi, with the Salento team without Ramadani and Baroni changing formation to try to save his bench: the Scala players thus move to 4-2-3-1, Suslov supports Djuric. They immediately push the yellow-blues, with an electric Ngonge driving Dorgu crazy in his lane. The Belgian creates the first two chances of the match, Lecce responds with Sansone and Oudin: the latter finds a prompt response from Montipò, while Banda comes close to scoring a few moments later. The goal is in the air and is stopped by D’Aversa’s Giallorossi, who pass on the half hour with Oudin’s great right-foot shot from twenty meters: a powerful and impressive conclusion that leaves Montipò no escape. The goal risks making Hellas lose their distance, who risk doubling their lead thanks to Banda’s action and recover in the 41st minute: this time it is an individual error, by Dorgu, which favors Ngonge’s goal following an assist from Djuric.

We went to half-time with a draw and in the second half a transformed Verona entered, testing Falcone’s reflexes: the goalkeeper was attentive to Ngonge and performed an authentic miracle on Duda’s shot from outside, removing the ball from the top corner. In their worst moment, however, Lecce fortunately returned to the front: Gonzàlez’s shot was deflected by Lazovic and it was 2-1 in the 68th minute. Baroni reacted by introducing Bonazzoli and switching to 4-2-4, and equalized after just nine minutes with Djuric, author of the winning break to make it 2-2 in the 77th minute. The Scala team also came close to scoring the victory, with a miraculous double save by Falcone on Ngonge and Duda, taking a big risk in the 89th minute: Piccoli saw another goal canceled due to an offside (clear), after the controversial episode with Milan. Confusion reigns in injury time and the result does not change: Verona and Lecce stop at a 2-2 which can save Baroni’s bench, largely at risk in the break and today decisive with the substitutions. D’Aversa brings Sassuolo back on 15 points and in 13th place, Hellas are second to last on nine: salvation is just one point away.

Djuric 7 –
He revitalizes a Hellas Verona traumatized by the goals conceded and is decisive: he provides the assist in the first half and scores the goal with a break from his team in the second half. A performance to remember for the Scala leader.

Mboula 5 – Long gone are the days when he was a potential crack coming out of Barça B. He never manages to convince in his return to the starting lineup, with many turnovers and movements that prove ineffective. He turns out to be a foreign body, in fact after a few minutes Hellas plays only on Ngonge’s side.

Falcone 7.5 – Saves his Lecce with a series of sensational saves. The one on Duda in the 61st minute was amazing, which saw him literally remove the ball from the top corner, as was the double intervention that avoided the 3-2. His growth is palpable, he deserves a place (as third) in the national team.

Krstovic 5 – The times when he scored four goals and attracted the attention of the big names seem very distant. He never manages to free himself from the marking of Hien and Amione, wandering around in circles and struggling a lot to touch the ball. To this day, there is a gulf between his and Piccoli’s impact.

HELLAS VERONA (4-2-3-1) –
Montipò 6; Tchatchoua 5.5, Hien 6, Amione 6.5 (45′ st Coppola sv), Terracciano 6; Doubt 6.5, Florence 6; Ngonge 6.5, Suslov 6 (29′ st Bonazzoli 6), Mboula 5 (16′ st Lazovic 6); Djuric 7. All. Baroni. Position: Berardi, Perilli, Doig, Henry, Cruz, Hongla, Saponara, Suat Serdar, Kallon, Cabal, Charlys.

LECCE (4-3-3) – Falcone 7.5; Gendrey 6, Pongracic 6, Baschirotto 5.5, Dorgu 5 (1′ st Gallo 6); Gonzàlez 6.5, Blin 5.5, Oudin 6.5 (42′ st Rafia sv); Banda 6 (45′ st Venuti sv), Krstovic 5 (20′ st Piccoli 6), Sansone 5.5 (20′ st Strefezza 6). All. D’Aversa. Available: Brancolini, Samooja, Berisha, Listkowski, Faticanti, Dermaku, Touba.

Referee: The pen.

Markers: 30′ Oudin (L), 41′ Ngonge (V), 23′ st Gonzalez (L), 32′ st Djuric (V).

Warned: Doubt (V), Dorgu (L), Banda (L).


Lecce have never won in nine away games against Verona in Serie A: four draws and five defeats, the yellow-blue team is the team faced the most times by the Salento away from home in the top tournament without ever winning.

Verona has remained unbeaten in the last eight matches against Lecce in Serie A (5W, 3D): against any team the Scaligeri have a longer open streak of consecutive matches without defeat in the top division.

In all seven matches in which Verona scored at the Bentegodi against Lecce in Serie A, the Venetians always scored at least two goals per match: 15 goals in total (2.2 per match).

Verona have not won in 11 championship matches (3D, 8L) (the Venetians’ last success in the tournament dates back to the second day, against Roma).

After winning three of the first five matches in this championship, Lecce have not found success in any of the following eight matches (5N, 3L).

In 2023, only Antonio Candreva has scored more goals from outside the box (four) than Remi Oudin (three) in Serie A.

Cyril Ngonge has been involved in four (three goals, one assist) of Verona’s last five league goals: as many as in all the previous 16 goals scored by the Gialloblù since his debut in the top tournament (excluding play-offs).

Cyryl Ngonge is just one of five players born from 2000 onwards to have scored at least six goals in Serie A in 2023 (excluding play-offs), with Vlahovic, Kvaratskhelia, Højlund and Soulé.

Only Khvicha Kvaratskhelia is younger (2001) than Cyril Ngonge (2000) among the players who have taken part in at least 10 goals (including play-offs) in Serie A in 2023: 18 for the Georgian, 10 for the Verona striker.

Joan González had not scored since 11 September 2022 (1-1 draw against Monza); in general the last participation in a goal in the top championship dates back to February 4th (assist vs Cremonese).

Milan Djuric has scored seven of his ten Serie A goals with headers, including all of the last six. Since the start of the 2021/2022 season, only Olivier Giroud (eight) and Victor Osimhen (15) have scored more headed goals than the Scaliger forward.

Milan Djuric provided a goal and an assist in the same match for only the second time in 101 Serie A games: the first in February 2015, with Cesena, against Juventus.

2023-11-27 19:33:10
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