It was goalless in Bergamo, as the finishing let both Atalanta and Catania down.
The Orobici got themselves back on track last week by conquering Palermo, ending a run of one win from 10 games. However, they were still under pressure and missing Luca Cigarini, Gianpaolo Bellini, James Troisi, Daniele Capelli, Stefano Lucchini and Guido Marilungo. Catania had everyone back except for Fabio Sciacca and just one defeat in 2013 against title-chasing Napoli, as Lucas Castro and Pablo Alvarez bans expired.
Catania had never won away to Atalanta in Serie A, drawing six and losing six visits, though four of the last five were stalemates. The pitch in Bergamo was in a terrible state, as there were visible patches of sand.
Giacomo Bonaventura was hacked down on the edge of the box and Gonzalo Bergessio’s finish was straight at the goalkeeper, but Catania lost Ciro Capuano to injury after just 22 minutes.
Lucas Castro at full stretch just failed to get on the end of a Bergessio ball across the face of goal. Cristiano Del Grosso and Bergessio got into a wrestling match that was verging on boxing at one stage as they waited for a corner to be played, earning both a booking.
Giuseppe Bellusci hesitated and his opportunity went begging, while Castro just failed to get on the end of a Bergessio assist.
Atalanta took control in the final 20 minutes and poured forward, but Bonaventura’s acrobatic effort was charged down for a corner.