Fiorentina paid the price for wasting numerous first half chances, as they fell to a Francesco Lodi penalty in Catania.
The Viola (in an all-yellow strip) had the worst away record in Serie A and were also missing Stevan Jovetic, Per Kroldrup, the suspended Valon Behrami and Matija Nastasic. Juan Manuel Vargas faced his former club. Catania had Sergio Almiron out on a ban, joining Andrea Campagnolo, Alessandro Potenza and Marco Biagianti in the stands.
Amauri’s deflected shot was smothered at the near post, while Gonzalo Bergessio’s lob skimmed the bar. Alessio Cerci sprung the offside trap to go clear on goal, but attempted an arrogant lob that was easily held by Juan Pablo Carrizo, wasting a golden opportunity for Fiorentina.
Fiorentina continued to waste, as Andrea Lazzari held off two defenders to turn and force a save from Carrizo, then Cerci followed it up at the near post and again found Carrizo ready.
Carrizo was eventually beaten on 29 minutes when Amauri sprung the offside trap and waltzed round the goalkeeper, but Francesco Lodi got back as last man to clear off the line!
Cerci fired wide with a curler when he perhaps should’ve passed it to a teammate on the counter-attack. In the second half Cerci also failed to make the most of a Nicola Legrottaglie error, but for all their dominance, Fiorentina were clumsy in defence.
Alessandro Gamberini brought down Gonzalo Bergessio for a penalty with his mistimed sliding tackle. Lodi stepped up and converted by firing into the near top corner, his sixth penalty of the season.
Cesare Natali’s header looped just over the bar from a free kick and Marco Marchionni just failed to get on the end of a flicked on Riccardo Montolivo set play.