Super Eagles 2018 World Cup star Simeone Nwankwo continued his impressive scoring form after netting two goals in Crotone’s 5-1 away bashing of relegated Livorno in Friday’s Serie B game, to ensure that the Giovanni Stroppa’s side bagged their promotion to Serie A with two rounds of games remaining in the campaign Completesports.com reports.
The win stakes Crotone to an unassailable 65 points that guarantees them a second-place finish behind runaway champions, Benevento, in the Serie A table.
Corotone’s promotion confirmation on Friday was aided by Spezia’s failure to beat Cremonese later same night. It ended goalless at the Stadio Giovanni Zini, leaving the challengers for promotion hopeless on 56 points.
Nwankwo, 28, scored Crotone’s third goal in the 35th minute and fifth goal in the 59th minute from the penalty spot.
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Crotone’s other scorers were Niccolo Zanellato (31st minute) and Alberto Gerbo (40th minute).
Mattia Trovato had given Livorno the lead just 12 minutes into the game.
Nwankwo now tops the Serie B scorers chart on 20 goals and has scored seven goals in his last five games.
Crotone are second (one of two automatic promotion spots) on 65 points and an unassailable eight points ahead of Spezia, rendering the results of the two sides’ remaining games inconsequential.
Benevento, led by former Italy and AC Milan striker Filippo Inzaghi, on 83 points, have already secured promotion to Serie A as Serie B champions.
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By James Agberebi