Siena fumbled a 2-0 lead away to Pescara, but snatched a thrilling last-gasp 3-2 victory with Innocent Emeghara.
This was a crunch relegation dogfight between bottom of the table Pescara and Siena, who were in joint penultimate place with Palermo and Genoa despite a six-point penalty. Siena welcomed back Dias Felipe and Francesco Della Rocca from suspension, but the Delfini had to do without banned Giuseppe Rizzo and Birkir Bjarnason, while Vladimir Weiss, Juan Fernando Quintero, Antonio Balzano, Luciano Zauri, Antonio Bocchetti and Uros Cosic were injured.
Before kick-off, a plaque was unveiled naming the away end after Piermario Morosini, the Livorno midfielder who collapsed and died during a Serie B game here in April 2012. The players also laid down flowers on the spot where he fell.
Simone Vergassola went on a mazy run and his angled drive shaved a coat of paint off the base of the far post after eight minutes. Moments later Ivan Pelizzoli needed a reaction save from point-blank range to deny Claudio Terzi’s header.
Alessio Sestu unleashed an absolute rocket from distance that Pelizzoli flew to fingertip on to the crossbar. Play continued and from the resulting corner Sestu curled another splendid effort inches over the bar.
Siena were pouring forward and eventually broke through. A desperate clearance on Sestu fell to Angelo, who nodded in at the near post for his first Serie A goal.
Innocent Emeghara fired over under pressure, then the Swiss striker tried to dribble into the box, but was cut short by a clean Per Kroldrup tackle. Gianluca Caprari had the chance to draw Pescara level, but shinned his volley high and wide, then Matteo Rubin cleared with difficulty to stop Kroldrup tapping in from a corner.
Pescara were notching up a series of corners and Kroldrup was allowed a free header from six yards, but found a fantastic Gianluca Pegolo reaction save.
However, just as the home side were pushing hard, they conceded a second goal from a corner. The Sestu cross was whipped in from the right and went past everyone until it ricocheted into the net off Damiano Zanon’s shin from six yards. It was the third own goal Pescara have scored this season and looked as if it was going to decide their eighth consecutive defeat.
Pegolo had to palm a Gaetano D’Agostino follow-up wide after a free kick, but the Pescara midfielder pulled a muscle during that move and had to make way for Mervan Celik. Ferdinando Sforzini failed to make the most of a lucky ricochet, as Pegolo sprinted off his line to smother the danger.
After the restart home fans were openly mocking their team, but Pescara got back into the game. Pegolo came out to parry at the feet of Giuseppe Sculli, but it fell to Celik for a fierce finish under the bar on the follow-up.
Emmanuel Cascione’s chest and volley was caught by Pegolo, despite a handling offence that was not spotted by the officials.
Eugenio Togni completed the comeback by curling a free kick over the wall and into the near top corner past a stunned Pegolo. Togni celebrated in amusing fashion, as he climbed up the stairs into the stands to hug some of the disabled Pescara fans who were in that section of the stadium.
Pegolo intercepted a Celik cross before it could reach his unmarked teammate, while Emeghara’s audacious overhead kick was plucked out of the air. The Siena goalkeeper palmed a Cascione half-volley round the upright and from that corner Togni fired over, then Caprari curled into Pegolo’s arms and his gloves were stung by a fierce shot.
Siena emerged from their shell and Agra blasted well over, then Pelizzoli was at full stretch to fingertip an Angelo angled drive past the far post. From that corner, the goalkeeper was again called to deny a Nicola Pozzi glancing header.
Sforzini’s diving header whistled wide, as it was end to end stuff in the final 20 minutes. Siena almost won it when substitute Pozzi unleashed a blockbuster from 25 metres that cracked against the crossbar with Pelizzoli rooted to the spot.
Just 60 seconds later it was Pescara’s turn to rattle the woodwork when Sculli hit a fierce drive against the base of the upright.
As Pescara were taking that corner, Siena burst forward on the counter-attack and Agra rolled across for Emeghara to sweep home at the back post, making it 3-2 for the visitors. There were definite suspicions of offside when Agra got the ball.
Pescara kept trying to the bitter end, but could not avoid another defeat.