Alberto Malesani made his debut, but Palermo continue to stutter, fighting back to hold Pescara 1-1 in a relegation dogfight.
The Sicilians wielded the axe yet again this week, sacking Gian Piero Gasperini and prompting director Pietro Lo Monaco’s resignation so Malesani stepped in as their third Coach of the season and former transfer chief Giorgio Perinetti returned. Action was taken because the Rosanero had just three draws from their last 10 official matches.
Steve Von Bergen and Salvatore Aronica returned from suspension, but Fabrizio Miccoli was still suspended, Josip Ilicic, Abel Hernandez and Andrea Mantovani injured. Pescara had to do without Vladimir Weiss, Togni, Marco Capuano, Francesco Modesto and Alessandro Sforzini, but started January signing Milton Caraglio in attack.
Pescara had never won away to Palermo betweeen Serie A, B and the Coppa Italia with seven draws and 10 defeats.
Nelson scored on his Serie A debut last week and nearly did it again, as his cross-shot whistled just over the bar. A smart Paulo Dybala volleyed pass was crucially intercepted before Diego Fabbrini could make the most of it. Fabbrini had penalty appeals for a coming together with Bianchi Arce, but had seemed to make more of the incident than it warranted.
Ezequiel Munoz should’ve scored on 31 minutes, but incredibly turned a diving free header wide of the near post from a corner.
Fabbrini drilled inches past the upright and Caraglio only skimmed a Mervan Celik cross with his head in front of an open goal.
Dybala should’ve scored on the stroke of half-time, but his first touch on the counter was terrible. Mauro Boselli came off the bench and immediately nodded just wide from an Edgar Barreto free kick.
Andrea Dossena was gifted an incredible opportunity when Boselli’s shot was deflected into his path, but the angled drive from 10 yards was so bad it almost went out for a throw-in.
Stefano Sorrentino was finally called into action on the hour mark, as Celik threaded through for Gianluca Caprari and stung the goalkeeper’s palms from close range.
It was a warning, as Pescara took the lead when substitute Birkir Bjarnason flew to nod in a Gaetano D’Agostino free kick. He had only been on the field for eight minutes.
Palermo got back on level terms with Fabbrini’s first goal for the Sicilians, as Nelson’s cross from the right was flicked on by Munoz for the ex-Udinese man’s angled drive.
Fabbrini nearly scored by accident, as he deflected a fierce Jasmin Kurtic strike with his face, so the ball looped on to the roof of the net.