Parma were very fortunate to get away with a point, as Catania played better and hit the woodwork twice.
The Ducali hoped to continue their march on the European places and add a fifth consecutive victory when hosting bottom of the table Catania. Joel Obi and Nicola Pavarini missed out for the hosts, who had January signings Cristian Molinaro and Nicola Pozzi available. Mariano Andujar was in goal for the Elefantini after Alberto Frison’s muscular injury.
Catania had only ever won once at the Stadio Tardini, which was last season. Amauri was inches away from connecting his head to a Marco Parolo cross, then Pablo Barrientos came sliding in at the back post and just failed to turn in the Castro cross.
Giuseppe Bellusci was fortunate to get away with a defensive error, rushing back to catch Marco Marchionni.
Catania were pushing hard and went very close to an equaliser when a Pablo Barrientos wayward cross clipped the crossbar. A Nicolas Spolli header looped inches wide from a corner and Antonio Mirante had to be alert when Castro tried to intercept a poor Alessandro Lucarelli backpass.
Catania went very close again after the restart when Bergessio’s strike thumped the top of the crossbar.
Biabiany had a goal ruled offside and Francesco Lodi tried to chip the goalkeeper from midfield, narrowly missing the target.
Andujar finally had something difficult to do on 65 minutes when he rushed off his line to stop Jonathan Biabiany and Amauri getting on the end of an Antonio Cassano cross.
Catania were dominating, as Rinaudo pulled back from the by-line for Mariano Izco, whose shot was crucially deflected inches wide by Massimo Gobbi.
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