Pescara win battle of Serie A’s bottom-two

Relegated Pescara picked up just their third win of the Serie A season as they beat fellow strugglers Palermo 2-0 at Stadio Adriatico on Monday.

The rock-bottom club came into the match winless in their last 11 league outings, having lost the previous five, while Diego Bortoluzzi's side were unbeaten in three games – too late to save them from the drop.

The hosts broke the deadlock early on and managed to hold out until the death when a second goal sealed a first win since February for the Serie B-bound Delfini.

Both teams had chances in the opening stages but it was Zdenek Zeman's men who broke the deadlock when Gianluca Caprari did well on the left to create space for a cross that Robert Muric steered past Andrea Fulignati from just ouside the six-yard box.

The visitors looked to respond as Ilija Nestorovski tested Vincenzo Fiorillo three minutes later with a shot from inside the area on the left, while at the other end Fulignati was called into action to deny Gaston Brugman from distance midway through the first half.

Pescara survived a late scare just before the interval when Ivaylo Chochev headed wide a delivery from Alessandro Diamanti, as they took a one-goal lead into the break.

Chochev again squandered an opportunity to restore parity as he failed to test Fiorillo with a header from close range on 61 minutes, although the keeper was required to make a save seven minutes later from Diamanti 's long-range effort.

Palermo were made to pay in the final stages when Alexandru Mitrita connected with a fantastic through-ball from Brugman on the left to slot past Fulignati from a few yards out.