Chievo ended Catania’s positive streak in a 3-2 thriller and the crucial moment was Nicolas Spolli’s red card after 18 minutes.
Both sides have already secured safety and, in the case of the Sicilians, could even push for a place in Europe. Chievo had Dario Dainelli suspended along with injured Fernando Uribe, Gennaro Sardo, Jokic, Acerbi, Gulan, Davide Mandelli and Davide Moscardelli. The only Catania absentees were David Suazo, Marco Biagianti and Alessandro Potenza.
Michael Bradley opened the scoring for Chievo in the early stages, as he hit a right-foot daisy-cutter past a flailing Juan Pablo Carrizo for his first Serie A goal, set up for him by Alberto Paloschi.
Paloschi again pulled back for Cruzado, but this time his shot was charged down by desperate defending in the box.
It got even worse for Catania, as Nicolas Spolli was last man when blatantly bringing down Sergio Pellissier clear on goal. He had slipped on the wet pitch and in getting back up hauled down the Chievo striker, earning an inevitable red card. Pellissier took the resulting penalty and just about beat Carrizo low at the near post, though the goalkeeper guessed the right angle.
It was all Chievo and Bradley almost got another with a header off target, while Paloschi had the 3-0 correctly ruled offside from a Luciano assist.
Catania were given a way back into the game when Chievo scored an own goal. Marco Andreolli accidentally deflected a Francesco Lodi shot from the edge of the box and it looped over a helpless Stefano Sorrentino into the top corner.
That own goal was the confidence boost the Elefantini needed and, even with 10 men, they started to dominate the rest of the first half with a series of efforts.
However, Chievo added a third after the restart when Pellissier flicked in a pass for Paloschi to spring the offside trap and waltz round Carrizo undisturbed.
Catania would not give up even with 10 men for over an hour and Sergio Almiron pulled one back when Davide Lanzafame’s cross was only cleared into his path.
Sent off: Spolli 18 (Ca)