Alberto Gilardino bagged a brace as Bologna took their chances well for a 4-0 victory despite Catania’s decent performance.
The Rossoblu were still smarting from Thursday’s incredible 1-0 defeat to Siena, which they had dominated with numerous chances. On the other hand, Catania showed great spirit to hold out Napoli despite playing with 10 men for 88 minutes, then fighting back to beat Atalanta 2-1.
In the opening minute Bologna goalkeeper Gianluca Curci mistimed his rush off the line, forcing Mikael Antonsson to desperately clear from Gonzalo Bergessio and Pablo Barrientos in the six-yard box.
Cesare Natali’s dangerous header from a corner was palmed away by Mariano Andujar.
Tiberio Guarente broke the deadlock when Alessandro Diamanti knocked on a cross and Pablo Alvarez anticipated Alberto Gilardino, but by doing so only set up Guarente’s strike on the volley from the edge of the box.
More bad news for Catania, who lost Nicolas Spolli to injury, while Castro should’ve done better with his free header wide from a free kick and Bergessio’s half-volley was off target.
Gilardino sprung the offside trap from a ball over the top and held off Bellusci to beat Andujar with a low finish at the near post to double Bologna’s lead.
Catania were unlucky and smacked a shot against the top of the near post with Ciro Capuano before the break.
Bologna goalkeeper Curci felt a right thigh problem and had to be replaced by Federico Agliardi in first half stoppages.
Castro hit the side-netting and Capuano’s header from a corner was comfortably held after the restart. Sergio Almiron got a header in from the by-line, but was marginally offside.
Agliardi then leapt to palm a Francesco Lodi left-foot screamer out from under the bar.
Bologna held out under pressure and added a third to their tally with Gilardino’s precise header from six yards.
Catania continued to have more of the ball, but couldn’t do much with it and late on Capuano saw red.
Bologna made it 4-0 with the last kick of the game, as Andujar flapped away a Diamanti lob, but only into the path of Panagiotis Kone.
Sent off: Capuano 83 (C)