Siena, Parma draw 2-2

Siena rallied from two goals down Saturday to hold visiting Parma 2-2 in Italy's Serie A and stretch its unbeaten run to eight games.

updated: February 25, 2007 11:37 IST
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Siena rallied from two goals down Saturday to hold visiting Parma 2-2 in Italy's Serie A and stretch its unbeaten run to eight games. Striker Erjon Bogdani scored both goals for the hosts in the 77th and 90th minutes. Siena remained in fourth place but improved to 16 points, five fewer than co-leaders Inter Milan and Palermo, and one fewer than AS Roma. Parma now has eight points. Parma dominated for much of the game and deservedly went ahead in the 35th off midfielder Domenico Morfeo's close-range shot. Forward Igor Budan doubled the visitors' lead in the 70th, after a powerful run from midfield. However, Siena was energized after Bogdani tapped in substitute Enrico Chiesa's assist seven minutes later. Christian Molinaro almost equalized off Christian Molinaro's 82nd-minute free kick, but Parma goalkeeper Alfonso De Lucia tipped the ball over the crossbar. Bogdani equalized seconds before the final whistle with another tap in, after De Lucia parried midfielder Francesco Cozza's powerful shot into the striker's path. Siena's only loss this season was 3-1 against Roma on September 17. "If we want to take home the points and the results, we've got to play with more guts. Otherwise we're going straight to Serie B," Morfeo said. Parma has only won twice this season and has the league's worst defensive record, conceding 20 goals in 10 games. Catania victorious In the day's only other Serie A game, Catania won 1-0 at Reggina, with a 69th-minute goal by midfielder Giorgio Corona. In Reggio Calabria, Corona scored from a tight angle off midfielder Davide Baiocco's cross. "We expected a difficult game and we were a little fortunate. But we did well," Corona said. Catania goalkeeper Armando Pantanelli made four diving saves, denying Giacomo Tedesco from range in the 20th and from five meters (yards) in the 62nd, and goal-bound efforts from Nicola Amoruso and Rolando Bianchi with his fingertips. "We made too many mistakes tonight. We didn't make it difficult enough for them. And Pantanelli stopped everything. He was excellent," Reggina coach Walter Mazzari said. Bianchi should have scored in the 29th minute, but the striker's header missed the target from in front of goal. Catania now has 13 points, while Reggina stayed with minus-three, after starting the season with a 15-point penalty from the Italian match-fixing scandal. Among Sunday's games, Inter hosts winless Ascoli, while Palermo plays Sampdoria. (AP)