Genoa paid the price for poor finishing and even worse defending, as Catania earned their first top flight Marassi victory in 50 years!
The Grifone were still in the relegation zone and desperate to break out, but had to do without the suspended Eros Pisano and Felipe Seymour, while Juan Manuel Vargas was injured. Ruben Olivera was given his debut after completing a transfer from Fiorentina. Catania had even more absentees, as Francesco Lodi and Nicola Legrottaglie sat out bans with Sergio Almiron and Giovanni Marchese sidelined.
The Sicilians last won a Serie A game at Marassi in 1963, managing only two draws and five losses. There was a strong, cold wind whipping around the Stadio Luigi Ferraris and it got colder for the home fans when Catania broke the deadlock after just four minutes.
Alejandro Gomez sprung the offside trap down the left on a long ball over the top and rolled across for the unmarked Gonzalo Bergessio to side-foot home.
It should’ve been 1-1 moments later, but Marco Borriello incredibly shinned a Ciro Immobile cross over the bar from six yards!
Mariano Andujar palmed a Borriello header round the base of the upright, while Immobile’s right-foot strike skimmed the post.
Just 70 seconds into the second half, Immobile was unlucky to see his shot ricochet off a Catania player and thump the base of the upright.
Moments later a Mario Sampirisi defensive howler sent Gomez clear, forcing a desperate Sebastien Frey save at the near post. Young defender Sampirisi looked nervous and was substituted moments later.
Genoa introduced another January signing, striker Antonio Floro Flores, but Bergessio really should’ve made it 2-0 for Catania on the counter-attack when firing straight at the goalkeeper.
Adrian Ricchiuti fired inches over the bar and Catania’s second goal was in the air. It arrived when Pablo Barrientos aimed a low angled drive from the right that squirmed under Frey and Granqvist.