Genoa and Siena are still deep in the relegation mire after a thrilling 2-2 draw that saw tempers flare.
This was a pure relegation play-off, as only one point separated these teams going into the Easter weekend. It was particularly crucial for Genoa, as the gap from the next side above them was already seven points, so it looks like one of these two will go into Serie B.
Andrea Bertolacci was suspended for Genoa, joining the injured Antonio Floro Flores, Juan Manuel Vargas, Marco Rossi and Nadarevic in the stands. Siena still couldn’t count on ex-Sampdoria striker Nicola Pozzi. Last season Siena won 4-1 at Marassi, but amid huge controversy as the Genoa fans stopped the game to demand the players hand over their jerseys, as they were ‘not fit to wear them.’
This match kicked off under driving rain and it was very windy.
Genoa took the lead after six minutes when a free kick was touched on for Marco Borriello and took a huge deflection off Massimo Paci in the wall to wrong-foot the goalkeeper.
Juraj Kucka fired over and Borriello’s backheel flick for Luca Antonelli was crucially intercepted as he was pulling the trigger. Sebastien Frey smothered an Alessio Sestu long-range effort and Bosko Jankovic volleyed inches wide from a Borriello assist.
Siena drew level just before half-time, as a corner was knocked down by Paci for Innocent Emeghara’s shot that took Frey by surprise, as the goalkeeper appeared to slip on the mud.
After the restart there were penalty appeals when Emiliano Moretti took Emeghara’s cut-back off the feet of Sestu from eight yards.
Just six minutes into the second half, Cesare Bovo jumped behind Sestu and used his arm on his neck for leverage, which the referee considered to be a penalty offence. Alessandro Rosina stepped up and put the spot-kick right into the bottom corner to turn the game around completely.
An angry brawl broke out moments later after Emeghara went down, as Daniele Portanova tried to pick him up off the floor.
Genoa equalised when Ciro Immobile burst down the left and rolled across for Bosko Jankovic to tap in, as Pegolo had mistimed his interception.
Pegolo made up for it with a great save to deny Jankovic’s header. Borriello was furious deep into stoppages when he felt Angelo had handled in the box, but his hand was right next to his torso when the cross hit him.