ROME -- Verona earned itself another
season in Serie A on Sunday with a goal four minutes from the
end of a 2-1 relegation playoff victory against Reggina.
The away goals rule kept Verona, which had won the first leg
1-0, in the top-flight and consigned Reggina to Serie B after
Michele Cossato's 86th-minute strike.
Verona had looked the sharper side for most of the first
half, only to concede two goals just before the break from
Andrea Zanchetta and Francesco Cozza.
The second half was more balanced, with both teams creating
scoring chances. Verona's efforts finally were rewarded when
Cossato headed home a goal.
Reggina, which only joined Serie A for the first time in the
club's history in the 1999-2000 season, had defender Jorge
Vargas sent off in the 90th minute.
The two sides had finished the regular season level with
Lecce at 37 points.
A playoff, rather than goal difference, is used to decide
relegation in Italy. Lecce stayed up because of its better
head-to-head results against their rivals during the season.