Francesco Lodi made the perfect Catania comeback with a goal and an assist to beat Bologna.
This was a desperate relegation dogfight and Bologna Coach Stefano Pioli described their situation in a rather unique way: “Our backsides are on the barbecue.” The Sicilians were rock bottom and the Rossoblu only five points better off, one clear of the drop zone. Alessandro Diamanti and Gyorgy Garics sat out bans for the visitors with Frederik Sorensen injured, while Catania missed Giuseppe Bellusci and Sergio Almiron, but had Francesco Lodi back in midfield after his six-month spell at Genoa.
Lodi made an immediate impact, as he chipped the free kick over the wall for Gonzalo Bergessio’s looping header into the far top corner. However, there were several players offside, including Bergessio.
Lucas Castro, Lodi and Vratislav Plasil all had chances in the first half, but failed to find the target.
Another Lodi free kick came out to Alexis Rolin, whose strike skimmed the base of the upright. Lodi also drilled wide from the edge of the penalty area and his free kick was palmed round the post.
The referee pointed to the spot after Archimede Morleo intercepted a cross with his hand during a sliding tackle. Lodi scored on his Catania comeback, confidently converting the penalty at the Stadio Massimino.
Pablo Barrientos could not have gone closer to 3-0 on another Lodi assist, but this time only found the base of the upright to Gianluca Curci’s left.
Bergessio also failed to make the most of a defensive error in the final stages.