Palermo had the best chances in this bottom of the table clash at Siena, as Fabrizio Miccoli wasted a golden opportunity and there was a strong penalty shout, but it ended 0-0.
This was a relegation dogfight between the two bottom clubs, though Palermo would be propping up the table were it not for Siena’s six-point penalty. Serse Cosmi also faced the club that fired him after just four games in charge last year.
Gaetano D’Agostino, Javier Martinez and Andrea Campagnolo missed out for the home side, while Abel Hernandez and Milan Milanovic failed to make the trip to Tuscany. Fabrizio Miccoli was back in the starting XI for the Rosanero, sending Paulo Dybala to the bench, and Alessandro Rosina returned from injury.
Josip Ilicic was linked with a £5m bid from Liverpool today and seemed to be eager to please with a series of early flicks and back-heels, not all of them successful.
Miccoli and Ze Eduardo had shots charged down, while the Pocket Striker attempted an audacious lob that didn’t surprise Gianluca Pegolo.
Emanuele Calaiò had penalty appeals for a push from Massimo Donati, but the referee waved play on and as the move continued Francesco Bolzoni forced a corner.
Ilicic again tried to be spectacular with an overhead kick on Andrea Mantovani’s cross that was way off target.
Francesco Valiani came off the bench for the second half and immediately drilled over the bar, then his cross set up Calaio for a glancing header that flashed across the face of goal.
Edgar Barreto also tried to fire up Palermo, as he sprinted back to stop a dangerous counter-attack from their own corner, then his fierce strike from the edge of the box skimmed the crossbar.
Miccoli did get the ball in the back of the net after 56 minutes, but play had already been halted for an offside position.
Valiani was single-handedly trying to revive Siena after a soporific first half performance from his teammates. The substitute again went close with a left-foot effort that whistled just over the bar.
However, Miccoli really should’ve put the Sicilians in front moments later. Donati provided the ideal assist and the veteran ballooned over when one-on-one with Pegolo.
Miccoli tried to send Barreto through instead, but he slipped at the crucial moment and the chance went begging.
Palermo were stepping up the pressure and Bertolo exchanged passes with Miccoli, forcing a save out of Pegolo.
In the final minute Donati had a good shout for a penalty when he seemed to be pushed by Massimo Paci as a corner came in, but the referee waved play on. Deep into stoppages Dybala also threatened, but Pegolo came to the rescue.