Siena ran quite a few risks, but were decisively more efficient in front of goal, beating Cagliari 3-0.
This was a relegation dogfight at the Stadio Franchi, but both sides missed important players. Siena had to do without Gaetano D’Agostino, Francesco Bolzoni, Zeljko Brkic and Nicola Belmonte, but dropped Emanuele Calaio. Cagliari left behind the suspended Michele Canini, while Mauricio Pinilla, Moustafa El Kabir, Rui Sampaio and Sebastian Eriksson were sidelined.
The Sardinians had never conquered Siena’s stadium before, managing only four draws from nine visits.
Gianluca Pegolo needed tough saves in the opening stages, as he was at full stretch to palm away both a Thiago Ribeiro header and Lorenzo Ariaudo effort.
Daniele Conti nodded off target from a corner, but it was Siena who broke through with their first real chance of the game.
Erjon Bogdani was a surprise starter in this match and showed the decision paid off. Luigi Giorgi gathered a through ball that was beaten away by Michael Agazzi, but only into the path of Bogdani for an emphatic finish.
Siena had a great chance to make it 2-0 on 52 minutes, as Mattia Destro burst through a gap in the Cagliari defence and his angled drive was brilliantly palmed just wide of the far post by an alert Agazzi.
Victor Ibarbo rolled across for Radja Nainggolan to fire wide of the near stick, while Andrea Cossu’s powerful angled drive flashed across the face of goal.
Franco Brienza’s curler skimmed the crossbar for Siena, but less than a minute later the Tuscans did double their lead with substitute Emanuele Calaio. A Vitiello cross-field pass was allowed to bounce and he thumped a fantastic half-volley into the far top corner that left the Cagliari goalkeeper rooted to the spot.
Moments later it was 3-0, as Cristian Del Grosso sprung the offside trap down the left side of the box and picked his spot with a powerful angled drive in at the near post.