Despite the heroics of goalkeeper Mattia Perin, Pescara were beaten 1-0 in Catania by Alejandro ‘Papu’ Gomez.
There was precious little to play for in the final Stadio Massimino match of the season, though the Elefantini could celebrate setting a new club record for points in a single Serie A campaign, crushing the 48 set last season. Alexis Rolin and Giuseppe Rizzo were suspended with Giuseppe Sculli, Gaetano D’Agostino, Vladimir Weiss, Juan Fernando Quintero, Gianluca Caprari and Ivan Pelizzoli sidelined. Mariano Andujar and Giuseppe Bellusci returned from three-match bans.
There was only one fan in the Pescara end when they visited Genoa last week and the same man was on his own in Catania this evening.
Gonzalo Bergessio fired inches wide after just five minutes, then Mattia Perin beat away a Papu Gomez cross-shot and Bergessio volleyed the follow-up off target.
It was all Catania early doors and Perin again needed two attempts to smother a Bergessio strike from the edge of the box. The Sicilians lost defender Nicola Legrottaglie after suffering a suspected double fracture of the cheekbone.
An Uros Cosic diving block proved crucial as Gomez was pulling the trigger and Sergio Almiron wasted a free header.
The busy Pescara goalkeeper flew to fingertip a Pablo Barrientos curler round the post, then rushed off his line to narrow the angle when one-on-one with Barrientos again.
Catania finally broke through after the restart when Gomez was left totally unmarked at the back post to meet Bergessio’s assist.
Ferdinando Sforzini tried to get one back, but his header was off target from Di Francesco’s cross, then his shot was well parried by Andujar. At the other end, Nicolas Spolli threw himself at a Barrientos cross and just failed to make contact.
Barrientos almost scored an extraordinary goal at the 67th minute, curling directly from the corner flag to hit the upright.
The hosts kept pushing, but Bergessio scuffed his finish and another Barrientos effort skimmed the woodwork.