Sergio Almiron’s header proved enough to give Catania victory over Bologna, their first win in six.
The Elefantini were flying high in joint seventh place and could make a push for European qualification, but welcomed a Bologna side striving just to stay in Serie A. Pablo Barrientos and Ciro Capuano missed out for the home side, while Cesare Natali and Saphir Taider didn’t make the trip.
Bologna won 4-0 earlier this season at the Dall’Ara and had beaten Catania in their last four encounters, home and away, without conceding a single goal.
Lucas Castro’s snapshot was smothered and Alejandro Gomez went on a powerful run from a Bologna corner, but eventually the finish was charged down in the box when he should’ve passed it to Castro.
Archimede Morleo’s audacious diving header risked an own goal, while Marchese’s volley hit the side-netting.
Catania were pouring forward and hit the base of the upright with a Gonzalo Bergessio diving header on Gomez’s cross. From that Francesco Lodi corner, Sergio Almiron got the decisive header to give the Sicilians the lead.
After the restart Almiron almost completed his brace, as his bullet header was too central and allowed Gianluca Curci to catch it.
Bologna complained at a Giovanni Marchese handling offence in the box, though his arm was close to his torso. Manolo Gabbiadini came off the bench and volleyed Alessandro Diamanti’s cross on to the side-netting.
Castro tested Curci from outside the box, as did Gabbiadini on Mariano Andujar, but Catania held firm during Bologna’s late siege.