An Italian club based in Ferrara has regained automatic promotion back into Serie A after 49 years absence.

Serie B leaders Spal, which stands for Societa Polisportiva Ars et Labor, last competed in the Italy topflight in 1968 and secured an unbelievable promotion today the despite losing at Terni 2-1 because third-place Frosinone also lost at Benevento.

With one round remaining, Spal hold a two-point lead over Hellas Verona and are four points ahead of Frosinone.

Verona wasted a chance to secure promotion, drawing with Carpi 1-1 while Frosinone are eight points ahead of fourth-place Citadella entering the final round of matches.

In Italy’s second division, the top two finishers are promoted directly while the third-place finisher can be promoted directly if it holds a 10-point lead over the fourth-placed club. Otherwise there is a play-off to determine the third promoted squad.

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