Catania-Roma ended the way it was suspended on January 14, with a 1-1 scoreline after Fabio Borini and Cristian Llama had great chances.
This match was rained off at the 64th minute with the scores at 1-1 on January 14. Under Serie A rules, the game simply resumed from where it left off, with a throw-in for the Sicilians. The line-ups changed, but players substituted in the original (Daniele De Rossi and Francesco Totti) could not get back into the game, while Catania’s suspended Giovanni Marchese and Marco Biagianti couldn’t take part either. Players signed after January 14 couldn’t be included, but the yellow cards from that opening 65 minutes continued to stand.
There were still 16,000 fans in the Stadio Massimino to watch the 25-minute encounter, helped by the fact tickets were sold for €1. Roma gave Gianmaria Piscitella his first ‘start.’
Pablo Barrientos went close to scoring at the 67th with a strong run fired just wide under pressure from Juan.
At the other end, Nicola Legrottaglie deflected an Aleandro Rosi shot for a corner, then Fabio Borini threw himself at a wayward Juan shot, but was just unable to make contact.
Cristian Llama hit a poorly-cleared corner with the outside of his left boot for a sensational curler that Maarten Stekelenburg flapped out from under the crossbar.
Moments later a well-worked Roma move saw Rosi roll across for Borini, but the daisy-cutter was desperately palmed off the line by Kosicky.
A cross flashed inches past the head of Barrientos, but there were no more goals and the original 1-1 result was confirmed.
Catania: Kosicky; Bellusci, Legrottaglie, Spolli; Gomez, Izco, Almiron, Lodi, Llama; Barrientos, Bergessio
Roma: Stekelenburg; Rosi, Heinze, Juan, Taddei; Gago, Greco, Pjanic; Lamela, Piscitella, Borini
Original Match Report
Catania-Roma was suspended after 65 minutes due to a waterlogged pitch with the result at 1-1.
The Giallorossi had won their last four consecutive games in all competition, but hadn’t conquered the Stadio Massimino since 1970. Daniele De Rossi and Simon Kjaer recovered to start, while Bojan Krkic again completed the trident attack with Francesco Totti and Erik Lamela. Catania had Giovanni Marchese and Marco Biagianti suspended, while Maxi Lopez was only fit for the bench. It was a special game for Vincenzo Montella, who spent most of his playing career and started his coaching experience at Roma.
Curiously, there was a five-minute delay when starting this match because both goalkeepers had the same colour jersey, so Maarten Stekelenburg had to change. All Serie A games this weekend begin with a minute’s silence for the three people who died in the Costa Concordia cruise ship crash last night, while dozens are still unaccounted for.
Juan slipped in the pouring rain and sent Gonzalo Bergessio clear on goal, but De Rossi performed a decisive sliding tackle to intercept. A Pablo Barrientos header was wide, while Aleandro Rosi had penalty appeals for a clumsy Pablo Alvarez challenge.
Catania thought they had taken the lead on 23 minutes when a lucky ricochet left Bergessio unmarked in the box, but Kjaer was ready for a crucial goalline clearance.
It was only a warning, though, as from a Francesco Lodi free kick moments later Nicola Legrottaglie nodded in with Stekelenburg rooted to the spot.
However, Roma equalised with another dead ball situation. The corner found De Rossi for a free header at the back edge of the six-yard box, having got away from Potenza.
Bojan tried to chest down a chipped Totti pass, but lost his balance under pressure. A Catania counter-attack was accidentally sparked by a ricochet off goalkeeper Paolo Tagliavento, but the Giallorossi defenders were able to crowd out Bergessio.
The Elefantini had a fantastic chance on 41 minutes. The inspired Gomez pass over the top sent Barrientos running, but he rolled it across for the tap-in and Bergessio came sliding in a fraction of a second too late.
They threatened again moments later in a move inspired by Gomez. Barrientos delightfully chipped up the final pass for Bergessio, who hesitated for a moment and allowed Kjaer to charge down the shot for a corner from six yards.
Before half-time there was another amazing opportunity, as Gomez turned Rosi inside out only to flash his shot across the face of goal, skimming the far post.
The rain intensified in Sicily and the pitch became increasingly waterlogged as the second half kicked off. Juan discovered the state of the turf when his backpass became jammed in a puddle just inside the box, but he was able to hoof it clear at the second attempt. A long-range Alvarez snapshot skimmed the crossbar with Stekelenburg somewhat off his line.
After nine minutes of the second half, the referee asked the two captains whether they were alright to continue in the worsening conditions.
Bergessio’s pass flashed across the face of goal with Barrientos inches away from nodding in. Bojan also found space, but the strike was slowed considerably by the standing water. Stekelenburg smothered a Bergessio effort and play was halted again to test the bounce of the ball, but at the third attempt after 65 minutes it became clear the game could not continue in these circumstances.
The match has been postponed and the final 25 minutes will be played on another date.
See the latest Serie A predictions and betting tips with Eurotips.co.uk