Catania are practically in Serie B after throwing away an early lead for this 2-1 home defeat to Torino.
The Elefantini were at the Last Chance Saloon, propping up the Serie A table with just 20 points from 31 games. On the other hand, Toro were comfortably mid-table with Ciro Immobile and Alessio Cerci eager to keep banging in goals so they could earn World Cup calls.
Fabian Rinaudo sat out a ban for Catania, while Marcelo Larrondo, Giovanni Pasquale and Salvatore Masiello didn’t make the trip.
The deadlock was broken before the second minute was up, as Omar El Kaddouri lost the ball in midfield and then Emiliano Moretti slipped in the box, giving Gonzalo Bergessio all the time and space he needed to fire in.
The Granata kept a lot of possession, but were ineffective, as Alessio Cerci blasted a free kick into the wall. Toro also lost Jasmin Kurtic to injury.
Monzon’s screamer was over the bar, but Coach Rolando Maran wisely substituted Gino Peruzzi, who was on a yellow card and risked a second.
Nikola Maksimovic had the ball in the net in first half stoppages, but play had already been stopped for a Cerci push in the build-up.
Straight after the restart, Immobile’s header was straight at the goalkeeper from an El Kaddouri cross. A corner came to Kamil Glik, but again Mariano Andujar was ready for a fantastic reaction save from point-blank range.
Cerci went on one of his trademark runs and skipped past Alexis Rolin, but the finish was weak.
It was all Torino after the very early goal and they got a deserved equaliser when El Kaddouri went on a mazy run and rolled across for Alexander Farnerud to side-foot home.
Catania seemed shell-shocked and even more so after Toro turned the game around. El Kaddouri’s cross was flicked on for Immobile, who controlled and saw his finish deflected into the near bottom corner for his 18th goal of the season.
It still wasn’t over, though, as Daniele Padelli needed a spectacular reaction save to keep out the Mariano Izco free header from a corner.
With this defeat and other results, Catania are practically in Serie B.