Cagliari secured a fourth consecutive victory in a highly entertaining match with six goals, a red card and two saved penalties.
The Sardinians had won all three of their games with clean sheets since new Coach Ivo Pulga took charge and were hoping to keep up the amazing turnaround, having been without a single victory under Massimo Ficcadenti. They were without Lorenzo Ariaudo and substitute goalkeeper Vlada Avramov, while Siena missed Alessandro Rosina, Matias Martinez and Ribair Rodriguez. The Tuscans held Palermo at the weekend to stall their run of three consecutive defeats.
Cagliari took only six minutes to break the deadlock at the Is Arenas, as Daniele Conti’s corner kick found Nene’ totally unmarked for a free header into the far corner. It was his second goal of the season, but bizarrely was the first time in the current campaign that Cagliari have found the net in the first half.
The Sardinians doubled their lead with Nene completing his brace, the Brazilian’s fierce free kick curling over the wall and under the bar to surprise Gianluca Pegolo.
It was one-way traffic and Marco Sau made it 3-0 with a wonderful individual effort, springing the offside trap and drawing out the goalkeeper for a delicate chip.
Siena got a foothold back into the game as Davide Astori brought down Simone Vergassola with a very clumsy two-footed tackle. Emanuele Calaiò took the penalty duties, but Michael Agazzi was at full stretch to save!
The visitors did get a goal, but a very controversial one, as Calaiò flicked it over the goalkeeper and Erjon Bogdani bundled over the line with his shoulder from a couple of yards after jumping on top of his marker.
Cagliari had an amazing scoring opportunity on 59 minutes, but Felipe’s attempt was deflected on to the upright, then the rebound fell to Rossini who also struck the woodwork from point-blank range.
Neto received a second yellow card for his foul on Mauricio Pinilla, reducing Siena to 10 men.
Thiago Ribeiro fired straight at the goalkeeper, but then scored the fourth moments later with another counter-attack and angled drive.
Pinilla had the chance to make it 5-1 in stoppages when Bolzoni brought down the Chilean, but the penalty was saved.
Instead, Calaiò made up for his earlier penalty error by getting a consolation goal, nodding in Francesco Valiani’s cross.
Saved penalties: Calaiò 33 (S), Pinilla 91 (C)
Sent off: Neto 76 (S)