Siena secure slender advantage
Siena rode their luck to earn a 2-1 win over Napoli in the first leg of their Coppa Italia semi-final
Last Updated: 09/02/12 10:21pm
Siena rode their luck to earn a 2-1 win over Napoli in the first leg of their Coppa Italia semi-final.
Visitors Napoli dominated proceedings but Siena, one place above the relegation zone in the league, took a two-goal lead through Reginaldo's and Gaetano D'Agostino's strikes either side of half-time.
Napoli finally got one back through an own goal from Emanuele Pesoli four minutes before the end, but it could have been better for the visitors with Hugo Campagnaro twice hitting the woodwork.
Siena took the lead against the run of play three minutes before half-time.
Daniele Mannini hooked the ball on from the left flank, Reginaldo ran on to it and lifted a shot over the out-rushing Morgan De Sanctis and tapped home.
Siena went 2-0 up after 66 minutes when, after a quick break down the left, captain Andrea Rossi sent in a low cross to D'Agostino, who finished low past De Sanctis.
With six minutes to go, Napoli appealed for a penalty after what looked like a blatant handball from Matteo Contini, but no decision was forthcoming.
Campagnaro hit the right post from Lavezzi's free-kick, before Napoli finally caught a break when Pesoli slid in and diverted a low cross into his own net with Cavani lurking.
But there was still time for another moment of bad luck for Napoli when Campagnaro headed against the bar in the fifth minute of stoppage time.