Erjon Bogdani gave bottom of the table Siena a crucial victory over Sampdoria, though it descended into a brawl.
This was a very special game for Siena Coach Beppe Iachini, who took Samp to promotion via the Serie B play-offs last season only to be sacked because he wasn’t a big enough name. His successor, Ciro Ferrara, was also axed in favour of Delio Rossi. Nicola Pozzi completed his transfer to Siena on Friday, but was not ready to make his debut against his former teammates. Enzo Maresca, Juan Antonio and Maxi Lopez were ruled out by injury.
Siena last won this fixture in 2006, followed by three defeats and a goalless draw. Angelo Palombo had to clear up after Sergio Romero fumbled a simple catch.
Rubin threatened for Siena with a cross-shot that flashed across the face of goal with nobody able to get the final touch.
Romero smothered a Reginaldo right-foot strike as he cut in from the left flank. Mauro Icardi failed to make the most of a completely mis-kicked Dias Felipe clearance by blasting wide on the half-volley.
Alessandro Rosina nodded off target and curled wide from distance, while Andrea Poli’s powerful finish was palmed out from under the bar.
Siena broke the deadlock on 71 minutes with substitute Erjon Bogdani. Alessio Sestu burst down the right and his cross found Bogdani’s towering header.
Roberto Soriano had a great opportunity to draw Samp level in the final minute, but slipped as he turned an Icardi assist across the face of goal from six yards.
The tension exploded in stoppages, as Siena Coach Iachini was sent off for a row with Gastaldello. It continued after the final whistle and descended into a brawl with five teammates having to drag goalkeeper Romero back down the tunnel.