A Nicola Legrottaglie own goal gifted Gian Piero Gasperini a point on his return to the Genoa bench in Catania.
This was a very special game, as Gasperini replaced Fabio Liverani for his return to the Grifone almost three years after his exit. He wasn’t the only emotional one, as ex-Catania star Francesco Lodi also faced his former teammates and fans at the Stadio Massimino, though he was jeered at every touch.
Luca Antonelli was still injured for the visitors, while Nicolas Spolli had not recovered for the hosts. Gasperini’s return meant a switch to his favoured 3-4-3 system.
Mattia Perin struggled to parry a Lucas Castro snapshot under pressure from Gonzalo Bergessio, while Mariano Andujar needed a splendid fingertip save to turn the Juraj Kucka header round the base of the upright.
Francelino Matuzalem drilled just wide and Mario Alberto Santana’s snapshot skimmed the woodwork. Thomas Manfredini failed to get his header on target from a trademark Lodi free kick and Alberto Gilardino had the ball in the net after he was flagged offside.
Straight after the restart Jaroslav Plasil’s free kick found Castro for a header on to the crossbar.
Catania did find a way through with Barrientos, who pounced on a Luca Antonini defensive error to waltz clear on goal. Antonini tried to acrobatically intercept Castro’s cross, but only managed to send it into the striker’s path. Bergessio has now scored four career goals against Genoa.
Fetfatzidis and Daniele Portanova threatened, but Genoa eventually got their equaliser thanks to an own goal.
Nicola Legrottaglie was desperate to intercept an Adrian Stoian cross for Gilardino at the near post and ended up nodding it past his own goalkeeper.