Cesena clung on to a point despite playing for over an hour with 10 men, while Catania also had a player controversially sent off.
This match was originally snowed off on February 4, though at the time it was Daniele Arrigoni picking the Cesena team. It was now Mario Beretta, though their fortunes had not really improved under their third Coach of the campaign. Adrian Mutu returned to the side after he was dropped against Fiorentina due to being “not 100 per cent,” but Steve Von Bergen was still on the treatment table.
Catania were fresh from a 2-2 draw at San Siro against Inter, where they had been 2-0 up until the final stages, and Vincenzo Montella was leading them to potentially a push for European qualification. Marco Biagianti, Andrea Campagnolo and Alessandro Potenza missed out.
Cesena had a bright start, as Alejandro Gomez got back into defence to stop Vincenzo Iaquinta tapping in the Mario Alberto Santana cross. A trademark Francesco Lodi free kick was deflected on to the roof of the net.
Gonzalo Bergessio ran on to a smart through ball and Francesco Antonioli sprinted off the line to close down at his feet.
Gianluca Comotto went on a blazing foray forward and his screamer was well palmed round the post by an alert Carrizo. From the resulting corner, Mutu’s header whistled wide.
However, there was controversy moments later, as Cesena went down to 10 men. Daniel Pudil was booked, then received a second yellow card immediately afterwards for insulting the referee when he took his protests too far. Coach Beretta also insulted the referee about this decision and was sent off from the touchline.
Marco Motta’s right-foot shot from the edge of the box was charged down by substitute Rossi, while Giovanni Marchese volleyed straight at the goalkeeper at the near post. Gomez also aimed too centrally from a promising position.
Marco Parolo went in late on Sergio Almiron and really ran the risk of a second yellow card before half-time. From that Lodi free kick, Marco Motta just failed to get the final touch from six yards.
Beretta made a very surprising change at half-time, removing Mutu for 17-year-old Tommaso Arrigoni. There was a huge risk as Carrizo fumbled a cross and was fortunate that Rodriguez was unable to tap in from six yards.
There was controversy on 49 minutes, as substitute Arrigoni pulled back Gomez and was booked for a free kick on the edge of the area. It was extremely tight, as they were inches away from the box and therefore a penalty.
An Almiron half-volley flashed across the face of goal, but Cesena were still in it and Giuseppe Bellusci did well to take a Santana cross off the head of Iaquinta.
Catania wasted a great chance, as Gomez pulled back from by-line for Pablo Barrientos, who deposited a tame shot into the arms of Antonioli. Parolo blasted over the bar from distance and Santana limped off.
Barrientos wasted another golden opportunity, this time clipping the edge of the post practically from the penalty spot. Llama fired wide from another Lodi pull-back, as Catania were peppering the Cesena box with efforts.
Catania also went down to 10 men, as Almiron went head to head with Comotto, who collapsed to the ground as if headbutted. The red card completely infuriated the Argentine, who then tried to chase after Comotto, but was held back by teammates.
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Sent off: Pudil 21 (Ce), Almiron 93 (Ca)