Reggina slipped out of Serie A with a draw at home to 10-man Siena this afternoon.
The Amaranto's fate was already sealed as they started the final day of the season four points from safety.
It looked like they might at least bow out with a victory when Christian Stuani gave them the lead from the penalty spot in the 45th minute.
The visitors had Emanuele Calaio sent off midway through the second half, but Reggina could not hold out as Massimo Maccarone fired home the equaliser with 14 minutes remaining.
After escaping relegation by four points last season and just one the campaign before, Reggina have flirted with the drop one time too many.
But while they have only second division football to look forward to next season, there were some good omens in the form of young goalkeeper Pietro Marino.
Marino was in fine form early on as he got down low to the left to save from Calaio in the seventh minute and then got to a Lukas Jarolim shot which was headed for the top right-hand corner.
Lorenzo Del Prete was the next to be denied by Marino as, after being set up by Simone Vergassola, he tried his luck from distance but the goalkeeper saved low to the right.
Siena continued to dominate and former Middlesbrough striker Maccarone shot wide of the right post before again seeing a 25-yard effort kept out by the overworked Marino.
But it was Reggina who took a shock lead on the stroke of half-time.
Siena defender Goncalo Brandao was penalised for a foul in the area on Stuani and the striker himself converted the spot-kick low into the left corner.
Stuani went close to doubling his side's lead nine minutes into the second half as his low right-footed effort from range was saved by Siena stopper Emanuele Manitta.
The hosts, though, continued to rely on the brilliance of Marino to keep their noses in front as first he kept out Maccarone's 30-yard attempt from the right and a minute later saved Douglas Packer's shot from outside the area which was heading towards the left corner.
The Amaranto were, though, posing more of a threat and Franco Brienza forced Manitta into a diving save on the hour mark.
And they received another boost in the 68th minute when Calaio picked up a second yellow card for dissent, leaving the visitors to play out the game a man short.
Pasquale Alessio Viola almost ended Siena's resistance three minutes later but his close-range attempt went wide.
Instead Maccarone finally got the better of Marino to bring them level.
The striker pounced on an assist from Jarolim to plant a shot low into the right corner.
Abdelkader Ghezzal could have completed the turnaround but headed wide, while at the other end Stuani shot off target after neat chest control but the match ended with honours even.