SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 24 - 19 Feb 2012 (11.30 UK)
4 - 1
Del Grosso 25 (S), Muriel 31 (L), Di Michele pen 68 (L), Cuadrado 82 (L), Brivio 94 (L)
Stadio Via Del Mare

Lecce fought back from an early Siena goal to win 4-1 in this relegation six-pointer, as Juan Cuadrado scored a fantastic solo effort.

This was a dogfight between a side with only one home win all season (albeit against Inter) and a team still looking for its first away victory. Lecce missed Edward Ofere, Carlos Grossmuller, Nenad Tomovic and Julio Sergio. Siena were without Zeljko Brkic and Erjon Bogdani, but chose Reginaldo in place of Mattia Destro in a new 3-4-2-1 system.

Juan Cuadrado’s mazy run was eventually charged down in the box, but Lecce lost Andrea Esposito to a suspected thigh strain almost immediately. Brivio went back into defence, as substitute Di Matteo took over in midfield.

Luca Rossettini pounced on a poor clearance, but was denied by a desperate Massimo Oddo block to force the corner. Franco Brienza finished off a long passing move by firing straight at Massimo Benassi.

Reginaldo sprung the offside trap and burst into the box, but was booked for simulation when he bumped knees with Moris Carrozzieri.

Siena were far more dangerous and took a deserved lead on 25 minutes. Angelo crossed from the by-line for Cristiano Del Grosso’s well-taken volley into the ground that bounced past Benassi at the near post from six yards. It was the defender’s first ever Serie A goal.

Muriel fought back with a solo effort palmed away by Gianluca Pegolo and from that corner Lecce were able to equalise. Pegolo managed to parry the first David Di Michele attempt, but could do nothing on Muriel’s follow-up from a couple of yards.

After the restart Cuadrado went on another strong run to blast just over, but Siena had a great opportunity on the counter. A defensive error left Emanuele Calaio totally unmarked in front of an open goal, but he hesitated and allowed Benassi to rush off his line to charge it down.

Benassi clumsily flapped at a free kick, but was fortunate Mattia Destro couldn’t co-ordinate himself in time to get the volley on target.

Muriel had been going on solo runs all afternoon and dribbled past four Siena players down the right before he was finally pushed over by Alessandro Gazzi in the box. The referee awarded a penalty for the push, which was not particularly powerful, but extremely obvious. Di Michele stepped up to send Pegolo the wrong way and put Lecce in front for the first time in this match.

Benassi had to rush off his line to smother at Brienza’s feet when Calaio knocked down a long ball for his teammate. Angelo rolled across, but again Benassi was quick off his mark to intercept before Giorgi could tap into an empty net.

The saves proved crucials, as Cuadrado added a third for Lecce with a sensational solo run from his own half. The Udinese-owned South American went from practically the edge of his own half, committed Rossettini with some stepovers and then chipped a helpless Pegolo.

Siena had to end the game with 10 men, as Brienza was stretchered off with a knee injury after all three substitutions had been completed.

In stoppages, Lecce also went down to 10, as Manuele Blasi was sent off for kicking out in a reaction foul against Destro.

 

It was 4-1 with the last kick of the game, as Davide Brivio smashed an unstoppable free kick into the far top corner. It arrowed across the defensive wall and past the outstretched hand of Pegolo.


: Benassi; Oddo, Carrozzieri, Esposito (Di Matteo 11); Cuadrado, Giacomazzi, Blasi, Obodo (Bertolacci 59), Brivio; Muriel (Delvecchio 91), Di Michele
: Pegolo; Terzi, Rossettini, Contini (Giorgi 70); Angelo, Vergassola, Parravicini (Gazzi 51), Del Grosso; Brienza, Reginaldo (Destro 57); Calaiò
Ref: Rizzoli

Sent off: Blasi 91 (L)