Despite a costly blunder from goalkeeper Etrit Berisha, struggling Serie A team Empoli successfully pulled themselves out of the relegation zone in their recent game against Lecce. The Albanian international was left embarrassed after being skillfully bypassed by a remarkable long-range shot from Lameck Banda, resulting in the visitors taking the lead shortly after the hour mark.
Nevertheless, Empoli swiftly recovered and leveled the score when defender Hamza Rafia inadvertently redirected a cross into his own goal. Rafia’s leg inadvertently redirected the ball into the net off the crossbar, providing the much-needed stroke of luck for the Azzurri. They had controlled the ball for the majority of the match at Stadio Carlo Castellani and had an impressive tally of 18 shots on target.
In the last 20 minutes, Empoli persistently sought a winning goal, but Lecce goalkeeper Wladimiro Falcone thwarted their attempts by saving five shots on target. Despite their tireless endeavors, they were ultimately unable to secure a victory and had to accept a draw. Nevertheless, this outcome proved sufficient to elevate them beyond the lowest three positions, offering a faint glimmer of optimism for their survival in the highest division.
Conversely, Lecce, managed by Roberto D’Aversa, has been encountering difficulties in securing triumphs, as they have now registered four successive draws and remain without a victory in their previous 10 league games. This frustrating streak has resulted in their descent to the 13th spot in the rankings.
All in all, it was a fiercely contested match for both sides, yet Empoli can breathe a sigh of relief for evading the threat of relegation, even if it was only by a solitary point.