It was end to end stuff at the Massimino, as Catania fought back to snatch an exciting 3-2 victory over Genoa.
Both sides had an impressive start to the campaign, as the Elefantini held Roma to a 2-2 draw at the Olimpico after twice taking the lead, while Genoa beat Cagliari. Marco Borriello joined the Rossoblu on transfer deadline day, making his return to the club after five years, but it was Juan Manuel Vargas who started as part of the attacking trident.
A Gonzalo Bergessio angled drive shaved a coat of paint off the far post, while Francesco Lodi set up Papu Gomez to test Sebastien Frey. Bergessio’s acrobatic overhead kick whistled just wide from seven yards and Sergio Almiron also failed to find the net.
However, it was Genoa who scored against the run of play to silence the Stadio Massimino. Newcomer Vargas burst down the flank to spark the move and Ciro Immobile rolled across for Juraj Kucka to tap in from a couple of yards, timing his run to surprise the Catania defenders.
Almiron’s right-foot finish skimmed the upright, then Bergessio nodded a Lodi free kick over.
Lodi really should’ve equalised before the break, but he hesitated and allowed Andreas Granqvist to come sliding in for a deflection.
Mariano Andujar kept the Elefantini in it with a sensational diving save on Cristobal Jorquera’s right-foot finish.
Catania got their thoroughly deserved equaliser on 65 minutes when Castro’s through ball allowed Bergessio to spring the offside trap and fire in an angled drive as the goalkeeper came rushing out.
That goal opened the floodgates, as moments later Catania had turned the game around completely. Lodi’s corner was curled into the six-yard box for a Bergessio free header.
Bosko Jankovic got Genoa back on level terms with a powerful right-foot angled drive from distance that flew past Andujar.
It was a wide open and hugely entertaining game, as Lodi then restored Catania’s lead with one of his trademark free kicks.
In stoppages substitute Borriello forced a very difficult save out of Andujar, then incredibly Sampirisi’s header from a corner was palmed on to the crossbar as Catania held on for dear life.
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