Benevento Calcio reserve the premium rights to dine with the bests of Italy
On Thursday, Benevento Calcio earned promotion to Serie A for the first time in their 88-year history. It was a magical moment in Benevento and a sensational turnaround for a club that was refounded because of the company F.C. Sporting Benevento S.r.l. being folded as recently as 2005.
Benevento beat Carpi 1-0 in a playoff on Thursday to win promotion into Italy’s elite division for the first time in their history. After drawing the first leg by 0-0, Benevento could have won even with another draw, since it finished ahead of Carpi in the standings.
George Puscas, who is on loan from Inter Milan, scored in the 32nd minute by redirecting a cross to give Benevento the premium rights to dine with the best clubs of Italy. Wing-back Lorenzo Venuti brilliantly got past his man and drove in along the byline to pick Puscas near the near-post and the Romanian forward did the rest of the job with ease.
Benevento beat Spezia and Perugia in the previous rounds of the playoffs after finishing the regular season in fifth place.
It’s the second consecutive promotion for Benevento, which was playing in the third division last season.
Head coach Marco Baroni claimed his side “deserved all of this” and that they earned their promotion.
“I feel infinite joy, truly,” Baroni told Sky Sport Italia. “It’s all incredible, but we deserved all of this. “We fought hard in these play-offs and we earned our promotion.”
Ferrara-based SPAL and Hellas Verona had already been promoted. On the other hand, Empoli, Palmero and Pescara are relegated from Serie A.