Palermo beat misfiring Lecce
Palermo moved up to seventh place in Serie A tonight thanks to a 2-0 win over Lecce, condemning their opponents to the bottom three.
The result was quite harsh on Lecce, however, who, only days after throwing away a 3-0 lead to lose 4-3 to AC Milan, wasted numerous chances when they should have at least picked up a draw at the Stadio Renzo Barbera.
The game started better for Palermo, though, before Lecce found their footing in the second half. Eros Pisano went close to giving the home side the lead in the 22nd minute when he met a left-wing corner with his head, but a combination of Massimiliano Benassi and Chris Obodo managed to prevent the ball from crossing the goal-line.
Five minutes later, a foul by Nenad Tomovic on Abel Hernandez inside the penalty area left the referee little choice but to offer the Rosaneri a penalty and Pinilla opened the scoring from the spot.
Obodo tested Palermo goalkeeper Alexander Tzorvas for the first time with a shot from 35 yards out in the 32nd minute and Daniele Corvia lifted the rebound over the crossbar.
Lecce were not going to accept defeat without a fight, though, as they showed early in the second half when Ignacio Piatti shot just wide of the post. However, as they committed men forward in search of an equaliser, the home side were able to find more room on the counter-attack and Eran Zahavi set up Hernandez for the second goal in the 77th minute.
Substitute Fabrizio Miccoli wasted a one-on-one with Benassi in the 80th minute when he curled his shot wide of the far post and both Hernandez and Zahavi were denied by the Lecce custodian shortly afterwards.
But even at 2-0 down, Lecce continued to attack with Andrea Bertolacci curling a shot just over the crossbar in the 89th minute and coming close again in stoppage time, but the Apulian side failed to find even a consolation to go with their spirited performance.