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Italian Serie A

Angelo Massimino (ATT 14,653) 8th March 2014 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: N Rizzoli

Catania Catania vs Cagliari Cagliari

Catania 1

G Bergessio (62)


Cagliari 1

M Vecino (53)
D Avelar (S/O 73)

Catania still in drop zone

Last Updated: 08/03/14 10:55pm

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Fabian Rinaudo (left) of Catania battles with Daniele Dessena

Fabian Rinaudo (left) of Catania battles with Daniele Dessena

Catania's late surge was not enough to snatch victory over Cagliari as they remained inside the Serie A relegation places following a 1-1 draw.

The Sicilians fell behind to Matias Vecino's 53rd-minute strike, but were unlucky not to take all three points once Gonzalo Bergessio headed in a Francesco Lodi free-kick soon after.

Catania built up a head of steam as Danilo Avelar was red-carded on 73 minutes, but Alexis Rolin's header against the crossbar was as close as they came to a win that would have lifted them out of the bottom three.

Cagliari created the majority of the chances in a goalless first half.

Marco Sau beat the offside trap after four minutes, with Catania goalkeeper Mariano Andujar making the save.

Davide Astori headed a Daniele Conti free-kick over and while the Sardinians started well, they were lucky not to go one down after 26 minutes when Lodi missed with his head from close range.

The on-loan Genoa midfiedler, back at Catania for a second spell, ran onto Gino Peruzzi's right-wing cross and should have scored.

Lodi would end up playing a vital role from the set-piece, and served notice shortly after as he fizzed a free-kick that Vlada Avramov clawed out of the top-right corner.

Cagliari ended the half strongest as Sau's shot on the turn was inches wide before Vecino saw a shot blocked close to the line by Nicolas Spolli.

Avramov had to make one last save before the whistle after a goalmouth scramble that saw him deny Pablo Barrientos after Sergio Keko's effort was blocked by Davide Astori.

Cagliari took the lead eight minutes after half-time when Sau passed for Vecino to score after a quick turn and shot.

Catania took 10 minutes to hit back, with Lodi's wicked free-kick touched in by Bergessio to signal the start of the hosts' dominance.

Avramov punched away a Gino Peruzzi cross-shot before Avelar was given his second caution for pulling at Sebastian Leto's shirt.

Catania pushed on and Leto shot wide of the left post before Rolin had the best chance, heading against the frame of the goal, after another pin-point Lodi free-kick.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 21 50
2 Roma 21 43
3 Napoli 21 39
4 Lazio 21 34
5 Sampdoria 21 34
6 Fiorentina 21 32
7 Palermo 21 30
8 Genoa 21 29
9 AC Milan 21 29
10 Sassuolo 21 28
11 Torino 21 28
12 Udinese 21 28
13 Inter Milan 21 26
14 Verona 21 24
15 Atalanta 21 23
16 Empoli 21 20
17 Cagliari 21 19
18 Chievo 21 18
19 Cesena 21 15
20 Parma 21 10