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Siena down fellow minnows Pescara

Siena move out of Serie A's relegation zone edging struggling Pescara in a 3-2 thriller.

Last Modified: 13 Apr 2013 20:18
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The result moves Siena provisionally out of the relegation zone, three points clear of Palermo and Genoa, who play Sunday [GALLO/GETTY]

A late goal gave Siena a 3-2 win at fellow strugglers Pescara in Italy’s Serie A on Saturday to spoil a second-half comeback from the home side.

Innocent Emeghara scored the winner four minutes from time to prevent Pescara from picking up just their second point in 13 matches after rallying from 2-0 down.

Both teams also hit the woodwork in a frantic finale.

Big win

Angelo headed Siena in front in the 14th minute with his first Serie A goal, shortly after Pescara goalkeeper Ivan Pelizzoli had fingertipped Alessio Sestu's fierce long-range strike onto the bar.

The visitors doubled the lead in the 33rd when the unfortunate Damiano Zanon turned Sestu's corner into his own net.

Pescara pulled one back seven minutes after the interval. Siena goalkeeper Gianluca Pegolo saved from Giuseppe Sculli at point-blank range, but the rebound fell to substitute Mervan Celik whose effort was deflected into the top right corner.

Eugenio Togni equalised with an unstoppable free kick into the top left corner, and then raced into the stands to celebrate with the fans.

But Siena then decided the game following a swift counter attack after Salvador Agra collected the ball and slotted across for Emeghara, although replays suggested he was offside.

Siena, who started the season with a six-point penalty for match-fixing, moved provisionally out of the relegation zone, three points clear of Palermo and Genoa, who play Sunday.

Pescara remain rooted to the bottom of the table, nine points below Siena.

There was a tribute before the match to Piermario Morosini, the Livorno midfielder who collapsed and died during a Serie B game at Pescara a year ago.

A plaque was unveiled naming the away end after Morosini, while players laid down flowers on the spot where he fell on April 14, 2012.

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