Alejandro Gomez got the decisive goal, as Catania got the better of a decimated and wasteful Roma.
There is bad blood between these teams, only exacerbated after the Elefantini saw a 2-0 lead slip for a last-gasp draw at the Olimpico in Week 1. Francesco Lodi and Miralem Pjanic were suspended, while the Giallorossi also missed Pablo Daniel Osvaldo, but surprisingly benched Daniele De Rossi. Roma were without a win in their last six visits to the Stadio Massimino.
Francesco Totti picked up a muscular problem in the warm-up, so made way for Marquinho.
After just three minutes Mauro Goicoechea spilled a Papu Gomez cross and was rescued by Leandro Castan. Mattia Destro fired off target from a promising position, then he turned wide after a crucial sliding tackle from Nicolas Spolli. Destro was also booked for a blatant handling offence.
Catania were furious with the referee after Gomez was stopped when clear on goal for an incorrect offside position.
Both sides had chances in the space of 60 seconds, as Destro’s daisy-cutter was inches past the past and moments later Gomez drilled wide from Gonzalo Bergessio’s assist.
Goicoechea had to palm a Gomez strike out for a corner in an unorthodox fashion, while at the other end Mariano Andujar spilled an Alessandro Florenzi shot only for Destro to poke the follow-up wide.
Florenzi only skimmed a Tachtsidis cross with his head. Michael Bradley should’ve scored, but incredibly volleyed over the bar from six yards on Destro’s assist from the left.
Sergio Almiron added to Catania’s midfield problems by limping off. Marquinho wasted another Roma opportunity, ending good build-up work with a wayward strike. Ivan Piris went off injured.
Catania finally got the opening goal with Papu Gomez, who was kept onside by Nicolas Burdisso and sprinted into the box, beating the on-rushing Goicoechea with a delicate angled lob.
Castan risked a straight red for his mistimed tackle on Gonzalo Bergessio, but got away with a yellow card on 64 minutes.
Roma struggled to make an impact and risked going 2-0 down, as Bergessio burst past Marquinhos to fire inches over, then Adrian Ricchiuti’s angled drive was parried.