Catania absolutely dominated the second half to earn their first away victory of the season, leaving Siena bottom of the table.
Although the Sicilians were eight points clear of their opponents going into the weekend, Coach Rolando Maran warned this was “a relegation dogfight.” In truth, Siena would be only two adrift of Catania without the six-point penalty imposed in the betting scandal, but as things stood they were level bottom with Pescara.
The visitors had Pablo Barrientos and Giuseppe Bellusci suspended, plus Nicolas Spolli, Alessandro Potenza, Mariano Izco, Adrian Ricchiuti and Marco Biagianti sidelined. Siena missed Ze Eduardo, Angelo and goalkeeper Andrea Campagnolo.
Francesco Lodi decided the tie last season and went close to the opening goal with a screamer that skimmed the bar.
Siena took the lead with Alessandro Rosina, who ran on to Francesco Valiani’s assist to curl into the far bottom corner from just inside the box. It was his first goal of the season.
Massimo Paci deflected an Alejandro Gomez strike out for a corner, then another of his interventions almost resulted in an own goal, as he had to thank Gianluca Pegolo for quick reactions.
Emanuele Calaio couldn’t get his head to a very dangerous cross at the near post, then Valiani just failed to get on the end of Francesco Bolzoni’s assist.
Lucas Castro went round the goalkeeper only for his lob to be cleared off the line by Paci.
Straight after the restart Sergio Almiron’s daisy-cutter clipped the outside of the upright, then moments later Pegolo needed a stunning save to deny Gomez.
Catania got their deserved equaliser eventually, as Castro ran on to a Gonzalo Bergessio through ball and drilled past a helpless Pegolo.
Alexis Rolin went very close from a corner to putting Catania in front, a goal that did eventually arrive when Bergessio sprung the offside trap from Lodi’s pass and smartly chipped the on-rushing Pegolo from eight yards.
Catania were in absolute control during the second half and made it 3-1 from a corner, which was not dealt with at all, allowing Bergessio to turn in at the back post undisturbed.