Bologna absolutely dominated their trip to Siena this evening, but emerged 1-0 losers due to a deflection and the heroics of Gianluca Pegolo. It puts the Tuscans in the black for the first time, as they rise to two points.
This was an early relegation dogfight between teams who already caused upsets this season. Robur were fresh from a shock 2-0 win over Inter at San Siro, while the Rossoblu beat Roma at the Olimpico last week. The only change from the line-up that upset Inter was Ribair Perez Rodriguez in for Gaetano D’Agostino. Alessandro Diamanti was only fit for the Bologna bench due to a thigh problem, so Robert Acquafresca partnered Alberto Gilardino.
There was more pressure on Siena, as they started the season from -6 due to the betting scandal.
Panagiotis Kone had the first effort with a screamer from 25 metres that Gianluca Pegolo fingertipped out from under the crossbar.
Soon after, Pegolo was again tested by a Gilardino free header, while from the corner Niccolò Cherubin nodded wide.
The only chances were coming from Bologna and Pegolo performed a stunning reaction save to deny Archimede Morleo’s long-range free kick, the goalkeeper readjusting his position mid-air to beat it away with a trailing fist.
Emanuele Calaiò was incorrectly flagged offside to ruin a good Siena opportunity, but they were visibly more fired up after the break, as Cosmi must’ve shaken the locker room walls.
Yet Pegolo was called upon again with his palms stung by a splendid Marco Motta curler towards the top corner.
Incredibly, Siena took the lead without ever really testing the Bologna goalkeeper, as Calaiò hit a hopeful effort from outside the box that took a massive deflection off Mikael Antonsson’s toe to leave Federico Agliardi stranded.
Kone couldn’t get enough on his glancing header, while Gilardino went down under a Felipe nudge from behind, but the referee waved play on. Coach Stefano Pioli took his protests too far and was sent off.
Pegolo denied substitute Manolo Gabbiadini at the near post after a defensive error and Agliardi finally made his first real save after 87 minutes on Andrea Sestu’s rising angled drive.