Siena left the bottom three of Serie A and pushed Pescara even closer to relegation with a dramatic 3-2 win at the Stadio Adriatico.
Angelo and a Damiano Zanon own goal gave the Bianconeri a two-goal cushion at the interval, but Pescara launched a spirited fightback in the second half to level through goal from Mervan Celik and Eugenio Togni. However, Siena regained the lead of a pulsating relegation battle four minutes to spare with Innocent Emeghera taking them out of the relegation zone and leaving their hosts nine points in their wake.
Siena began brightly with Simone Vergassola going close to giving them the lead within ten minutes before Claudio Terzi's hit was saved by Ivan Pelizzoli. Pelizzoli turned Alessio Sestu's curling effort onto the crossbar before the same Siena player went close again during a furious start to the game for the Tuscan side.
Their pressure paid off in the 15th minute when Angelo headed in after Sestu's third shot in as many minutes was blocked. Emeghara should have made it two shortly afterwards, but he sent his shot over the crossbar from a good position. Pescara had a good spell of pressure of their own before Siena doubled their lead in the 33rd minute when Sestu's cross was turned past his own goalkeeper by Zanon.
The second half started in a similar vein with Emeghara and Sestu wasting chances before Celik grabbed a lifeline for the hosts. Giuseppe Sculli's shot was saved by Gianluca Pegolo, but the ball fell out to Celik, whose shot deflected in off Felipe. The goal transformed the game and Pescara levelled just seven minutes later with a fine free-kick from Togni which grazed the underside of the crossbar on its way past Pegolo.
Suddenly, Pescara were on top and Pegolo did well to deny Emmanuel Cascione. After withstanding the pressure, Siena began to attack again with Angelo and substitute Nicola Pozzi both testing Pelizzoli. Pozzi then hit the crossbar with Sculli hitting the post at the other end as the game swung from end to end with both sides searching for a winner. And it was Siena who found it in the 86th minute with Emeghara completing a counter attack following a Pescara as the home side committed too many men forward.
In the later Serie A match tonight, Fiorentina got back into the hunt for a place in the UEFA Champions League next season thanks to a 2-0 win at Atalanta, who ended the game with ten men.
The hosts faded after a good start and a penalty scored by David Pizarro gave Fiorentina the lead after an hour's play. Marcelo Larrondo then doubled the visitors' lead ten minutes later as Fiorentina reduced the arrears on third-placed AC Milan to three points. Atalanta remain in mid-table, but will have to do without striker German Denis in at least their next game against Genoa after he received a red card in the last minute.
Denis was Atalanta's dangerman in the first half with two efforts saved by Emiliano Viviano as theNerazzurri started brightly. Fiorentina changed tactics in a bid to do some attacking of their own, and the move, with Alberto Aquilani pushed further forwards, worked with a marked improvement towards the end of the first 45 minutes. Aquilani had two chances to put the Viola in front before the break, but Andrea Consigli denied him on both occasions.
Consigli was on guard again early in the second half to repel Mohamed Sissoko's effort from distance as Vincenzo Montella's side began to push. Their efforts were rewarded with a penalty on the hour mark with Guglielmo Stendardo booked for handling the ball inside the area.
Worse punishment followed with Pizarro beating Consigli from the spot to give the visitors the lead. Larrondo made it two in the 72nd minute with a powerful effort which left Consigli no chance, and Atalanta's heads dropped. Adem Ljajic only just missed the target as Fiorentina threatened to add a third late on before Denis lost his temper and received a red card for a foul on Pizarro.