Siena’s hopes of survival took a hammering with this shock home defeat to Chievo and they had a goal controversially disallowed.
The Tuscans are on the verge of completing a remarkable comeback to survive despite a six-point penalty and last week clambered out of the bottom three. Chievo were also looking good for safety, as Francesco Acerbi and Bostjan Jokic returned to the side.
Gianluca Pegolo got down quickly to palm a fierce Isaac Cofie snapshot round the base of the near post. Pegolo clattered into Cyril Thereau when trying to flap at a cross and he was lucky Boukary Drame’ turned the follow-up over the bar.
Christian Puggioni flew to pluck an Alessandro Rosina free kick out from the top corner, then had another great save on his long-range attempt.
It was Chievo who surprisingly took the lead with a classic counter-attack. Sergio Pellissier sprung the offside trap on a Perparim Hetemaj through ball and flicked it over the on-rushing goalkeeper.
Simone Vergassola had the chance to draw level straight after the restart, but fired over from close range. They thought they had equalised on the hour mark when Massimo Paci nodded in a Rosina corner, but after a very long time the referee halted celebrations to disallow it. This was an extremely controversial and harsh decision, as replays show Paci did put his hand on Bostjan Cesar’s shoulder, but that first he was having his shirt pulled.
Paci was again allowed a header from a free kick soon after, but this time Puggioni parried. From another corner, Innocent Emeghara’s finish flashed inches past the far post.
Erjon Bogdani knocked down a cross for Michele Paolucci, who forced Puggioni to parry with his stomach at the near stick from point-blank range.
Pegolo desperately held up a hand to block Thereau’s header at the back post from a couple of yards. Deep into stoppages, Siena almost snatched a point, but Claudio Terzi’s header was inches off target.