Soccer-Venezia return to Serie A after 20-year absence


FILE PHOTO: Lazio's Inzaghi and Venezia's De Franceschi jump for the ball during their Serie A match in Rome's Olympic stadium March 3, 2002. REUTERS/Alessia Pierdomenico/File Photo

(Reuters) - Venezia will play in Serie A for the first time in 20 years next season after a stoppage-time equaliser earned them a 1-1 draw with Cittadella in the Serie B playoff final on Thursday to secure a 2-1 aggregate win.

The Venice club came into the home second leg with a 1-0 advantage but went behind to a Federico Proia goal after 26 minutes and had Pasquale Mazzocchi sent off 10 minutes later.

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