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Brescia promoted back into Serie A after 8 seasons

ROME (AP) — Brescia has been promoted back into Serie A after eight seasons in the second division. Brescia beat Ascoli 1-0 Wednesday to secure a top-two finish with two rounds remaining in Serie B. Brescia has 66 points, three ahead of Lecce, which wasted a chance to secure promotion as it lost 2-1 at Padova. Palermo is third with 59 points.

The top two finishers are promoted directly to Serie A, while the third- through eighth-place finishers enter a playoff to determine the other promoted club. Daniele Dessena scored in the first half for Brescia.

Brescia last played in Serie A in 2010-11. Of its 22 seasons in Serie A, Brescia's best finish was eighth in 2000-01 during Roberto Baggio's first season with the club. Brescia forward Alfredo Donnarumma leads Serie B with 25 goals.

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