Chievo ended their nine-match winless streak and Catania’s revival in this relegation six-pointer.
This was a desperate relegation dogfight and the Elefantini’s tails were up after a shock 3-1 victory over Lazio. They had rediscovered their form since Rolando Maran returned to the bench and this was a real six-pointer for them. Pablo Barrientos missed out through injury, but the Flying Donkeys were decidedly grounded after scraping only three draws in their last nine games.
Catania had never won here in Serie A, managing just three stalemates and as many defeats. Mariano Andujar smothered at the feet of Alberto Paloschi in the opening minutes, then Michael Agazzi parried from Mariano Izco and was fortunate Lucas Castro couldn’t keep the follow-up on target.
Agazzi also flew to palm a Francesco Lodi curler out from under the bar, while Paloschi fired across the face of goal.
Perparim Hetemaj should’ve scored when set up by Cyril Thereau, but he aimed a weak finish straight at the legs of Andujar.
Pablo Alvarez moved his arm towards the ball when blocking a Nicolas Frey cross, so was penalised with a penalty, the first Chievo have been awarded this season. Thereau stepped up and converted with power despite Andujar guessing the right angle.
Keko had the opportunity to equalise, but fired just over the bar from an Alvarez assist. Lodi also went close with one of his trademark curlers. Gennaro Sardo was sent off from the Chievo bench for dissent before half-time.
After the restart Alvarez couldn’t get enough power to the header from a flicked-on Lodi free kick, allowing Agazzi to catch from point-blank range.
Chievo doubled their advantage with a looping Luca Rigoni header from a free kick that swung over a stranded Andujar into the far top corner.
Sent off: Sardo 42 (Ch – from the bench)