Francesco Lodi’s penalty and a great performance by goalkeeper Juan Pablo Carrizo earned Catania a surprise 1-0 win away to Siena.
This Week 21 Serie A match was originally snowed off on February 1. Siena were without Zeljko Brkic, Reginaldo and the suspended Cristiano Del Grosso. The Elefantini gave goalkeeper Juan Pablo Carrizo his debut for the club, missing Pablo Barrientos, David Suazo, Andrea Campagnolo, Ciro Capuano, Alessandro Potenza and banned Marco Motta.
Carrizo didn’t make the most confident start, fumbling a corner, while Sergio Almiron scuffed wide from a Francesco Lodi free kick.
Siena began to step up the pressure and Carrizo had to smother an Emanuele Calaiò header from close range. On 20 minutes the former Lazio goalkeeper flew to palm a Gaetano D’Agostino screamer out from the top corner of the net.
However, Catania were awarded a penalty moments later. A Lodi free kick was chipped to the back post, where Alessandro Gazzi clearly stuck out an arm to deflect the ball. Lodi stepped up and buried the penalty in off the inside of the near post, even though Gianluca Pegolo got the right angle.
Siena continued to pour forward, but penalty appeals for a Bellusci nudge on Franco Brienza were waved away. A free kick from the edge of the box was knocked on for Brienza, whose daisy-cutter was redirected inches wide by Calaiò.
Calaiò went down in the area, but only received a yellow card for simulation. At the other end, Almiron drilled past the far post from a Gonzalo Bergessio assist.
After the restart, Andrea Catellani’s finish was too weak to trouble the goalkeeper and Almiron’s blockbuster was charged down, but Mariano Izco went off with a calf problem.
Catania wanted another penalty on 62 minutes when substitute Seymour pounced on a defensive error and was tripped for a free kick on the very edge of the area, although replays suggest if there was contact, then it was inside the box. From that outside corner position, Lodi’s free kick skimmed the crossbar.
Siena wanted a spot-kick too for an apparent Bellusci handling offence, but the referee waved play on amid loud protests from fans and Coach Giuseppe Sannino.
The move continued and Gazzi hit a spectacular half-volley from the D that Carrizo flew to fingertip out from under the crossbar in a wonderful save. From that corner, Claudio Terzi eventually got another shot away that the debutant Catania goalkeeper smothered. A long Gazzi pass sent Bogdani through, but again Carrizo was alert to the danger.
On 82 minutes Carrizo palmed a deflected Mattia Destro header off the line, although it wouldn’t have counted as he was offside anyway. Brienza was onside and Carrizo was at full stretch to palm away the angled drive.
A wonderful Gonzalez shot on the bounce whistled just wide of the upright and another attempt by the Siena striker was deflected past the far post, as it turned into a siege.
In stoppages, a Gonzalez volley flew over the bar and Catania managed to cling to their 1-0 victory at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.
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