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Novakovich, Frosinone fall in Serie B Playoff Final

Andrija Novakovich and Frosinone’s push for Serie A promotion came to a heartbreaking end on Thursday.

Novakovich registered one assist in the 1-0 second leg win for Frosinone at Spezia, but ultimately fell short of promotion due to Spezia finishing as the higher seed coming into the match. The teams finished level 1-1 on aggregate after 180 minutes of action over two legs.

The 23-year-old Novakovich got the start for Frosinone and made the most of it as he set up the lone goal of the match. Novakovich flicked a pass ahead of the Spezia backline allowing Marcus Rhoden to race on and rifle a shot past Simone Scuffet.

It was Novakovich’s fifth league assist of the season.

He was eventually substituted in the 67th minute and ultimately watched his team fall short of scoring a second goal. Scuffet made two saves for Spezia which was enough to see them promoted as the final team for the upcoming Serie A season.

Novakovich’s season comes to an unfortunate end after scoring four goals and adding five assists in 33 league matches this season.

The club will now head into a short break before beginning the new campaign in September.


  1. Nova actually had the hockey assist, he headed and another player made the pass to the goal scorer.
    La Spezia is wonderful city to visit. I spent a couple days there last year. It’s a short train ride up the coast to Cinque Terra, five small villages tucked into coastal cliffs. It’s known as the home of focaccia bread, and be prepared for lots of anchovies.

    • Does sound like a beautiful place. And besides, how can you begrudge their gloriously named manager, “Vincenzo Italiano”

      • Right, that must be like what Italians call a John Doe right? La Spezia isn’t very touristy so it’s a nice change of pace from Florence or Rome. Cinque Terra’s pretty overrun with tourists but it’s worth it just beautiful.

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