Catania turned around this game to beat Vincenzo Montella’s Fiorentina 2-1 after Alberto Aquilani saw red.
Vincenzo Montella returned to face his former club and admitted to feeling “emotional” about the experience. He had to do without David Pizarro again, while the Sicilians missed Sergio Almiron, Giovanni Marchese and banned duo Francesco Lodi and Gonzalo Bergessio.
In the opening minute, Pablo Alvarez shinned a volley wide from a promising position, then Lucas Castro couldn’t get decent contact on a Capuano cross.
Fiorentina took the lead with their first real opportunity. A Manuel Pasqual corner was not cleared effectively and put back into the middle where Giuseppe Bellusci completely missed the ball, allowing Giulio Migliaccio to come diving in.
Bellusci had penalty appeals for a push from Pasqual as he jumped for a header, but was only booked for simulation.
An Adem Ljajic solo run was cut short by Nicola Legrottaglie. The veteran defender proved decisive at the other end straight after the restart, as Legrottaglie got a glancing header to a free kick from nine yards, as Neto was caught in no man’s land.
Juan Cuadrado really should’ve scored with a diving header from six yards moments later, but it went into the ground and up on to the underside of the crossbar with the goalkeeper well beaten.
Fiorentina rattled the woodwork again soon after, as a Ljajic free kick smacked against the bar and Alberto Aquilani couldn’t get the rebound on target.
Mariano Andujar flew to palm a Cuadrado dipping strike round the post, while Neto spilled a Castro effort for a corner.
Aquilani was shown a straight red card for dissent 12 minutes from time, as he took his protests too far after a challenge in midfield.
They were made to pay for that, as in the final stages Catania went in front for the first time. Pablo Barrientos burst away down the right and crossed for a towering Castro header above Facundo Roncaglia.
Sent off: Aquilani 78 (F)