Novara beat 10-man Padova 2-0 in a playoff Sunday and returned to Serie A for the first time in 55 years.

Pablo Andres Gonzalez scored from a free kick to put Novara ahead in the 16th minute and Marco Rigoni doubled the lead in the 70th.

Padova defender Cesare was sent off with a direct red card in the 14th for a last-man foul.

The opening leg Thursday in the playoff for the third and final Serie A promotion finished 0-0.

Atalanta and Siena were already promoted after finishing first and second in Serie B.

Novara finished third in the second division and Padova placed fifth.

Last season, Novara was in Serie C.

Novara is located between Milan and Turin.