Bari brush aside Brescia
Brescia's three-match winning run came to an end today as they lost 2-1 at Bari. Bari showed they had suffered no lingering effects from the 4-0 beating they received at Inter Milan in midweek by storming into a 16th-minute lead through Emmanuel Rivas.
Brescia's Panagiotis Kone equalised on the half-hour mark before Paulo Barreto converted from the penalty spot in the 55th minute after being brought down by Brescia defender Gilberto Martinez.
The home side held on without major scares to record their first triumph since their opening win of the Serie A season at Juventus on August 29. The outcome dropped Brescia to fourth in the standings, one point behind joint leaders Inter and Lazio, while Bari climbed to eighth.
Bari started strong and took a deserved lead when Sergio Almiron fed Rivas inside the area and he fired past Sereni. Brescia hit back in what was their first real chance of the game. Davide Possanzini served Kone inside the area and he struck a left-footed shot from the heart of the area past Bari goalkeeper Jean Francois Gillet.
Bari should have put the hosts back in front a minute later, but his powerful header from Andrea Raggi's cross was met with a fine save from Sereni.
Brescia had the first chance of the second half with Nicolas Cordova's 30-yard strike going high and wide. Martinez gave away the penalty shortly after and Barreto made no mistake with his spot-kick, coolly finding the bottom corner to put his team back in front.
Bari dominated from then on and Barreto had numerous chances to increase his tally only to be denied by great saves from Sereni.