Siena twice fought back to snatch a draw in this four-goal thriller against Atalanta.
These two sides were promoted from Serie B in the summer and have given a good account of themselves so far. The Orobici were particularly impressive considering they started from -6 due to a betting scandal, while Siena were on a run of three consecutive home victories.
Atalanta had Andrea Masiello and Luca Cigarini suspended, so had to reshuffle the midfield. Siena missed Simone Vergassola, top scorer Emanuele Calaio and goalkeeper Zeljko Brkic.
After just four minutes Marcelo Larrondo had a fantastic chance to put Siena in front from a corner, but his header was denied by an equally-impressive Andrea Consigli save on the line.
Atalanta were awarded a penalty when German Denis got the touch before Gianluca Pegolo came tearing out and clattered into his legs. It was avoidable, as Tanque was probably going out of play anyway. Denis got back up to take the spot-kick and converted low into the near bottom corner, his eighth goal matching his Serie A seasonal best.
Siena fought back immediately with a double chance from Mattia Destro charged down by Daniele Capelli. The home side was denied a cast-iron penalty for Peluso’s shirt-tug on Larrondo, stopping him from reaching the loose ball after another splendid Consigli save on Luca Rossettini’s header.
Atalanta lost Capelli to an ankle injury and the referee finally gave Siena a penalty for another Tomas Manfredini shirt-tug on Larrondo. This time Gaetano D’Agostino stepped up to convert and equalise.
Destro really should’ve turned the game around 90 seconds into the second half. Larrondo set up the Under-21 international on the counter-attack, but his meekly side-footed finish was parried by Consigli in a one-on-one.
The tension exploded on 50 minutes, as a large scuffle broke out between players when Stefano Lucchini accused Destro of diving to earn a free kick and they went aggressively forehead to forehead. At the end of it all, Destro and Lucchini were booked.
Denis kept his cool, though, and restored Atalanta’s lead by completing his brace. The Argentine jumped over the two Siena centre-backs for a powerful header on a sweeping cross from the right.
Manfredini’s crucial sliding tackle blocked Franco Brienza’s shot from point-blank range.
Siena continued to push and got their equaliser with four minutes left on the clock. A corner was not dealt with and Reginaldo’s shot deflected, but Alessandro Gazzi was quickest to react by tapping in the loose ball from four yards.