It was a Halloween thriller at the Friuli, as Udinese were in front, fell behind and Antonio Di Natale grabbed a heart-stopping equaliser.
There were very contrasting moods going into this game, as Udinese were over-joyed at fighting back from 2-0 down to conquer Roma 3-2 on Sunday night. Catania, on the other hand, were still fuming like Mount Etna with rage at their incorrectly disallowed goal in the 1-0 defeat to Juventus.
Nicola Legrottaglie and Giovanni Marchese were suspended for the trip, joining the injured Pablo Barrientos, Pietro Terracciano, Blazej Augustyn and Fabio Sciacca. The Friulani missed Luis Muriel, Mehdi Benatia, Giovanni Pasquale and Gianpiero Pinzi.
Zeljko Brkic needed a great save at full stretch on 25 minutes to keep out the Gonzalo Bergessio angled drive.
There was controversy on 28 minutes when Emmanuel Badu sprinted into the box and Nicolas Spolli went into a sliding tackle for a penalty. Catania were furious and protested, but the replays do show contact with his ankle. Antonio Di Natale stepped up to convert, sending the goalkeeper the wrong way.
Andrea Lazzarri really should’ve made it 2-0 when he trapped a pass and smashed a half-volley into the stands when one-on-one with the goalkeeper.
Udinese went close to a second on the stroke of half-time, but Mariano Andujar performed a crucial reaction save on Maurizio Domizzi’s header.
Straight after the restart Badu stung Andujar’s palms on the half-volley from close range, as the goalkeeper stayed big to parry at the near post.
Catania went so close after the restart, as Bergessio’s angled drive shaved a coat of paint off the base of the far post.
Udinese absolutely gifted Catania the equaliser! The move seemed to be over, but Roberto Pereyra horribly shinned his clearance up into the air and Castro was ready to take advantage with a precise volley from nine yards.
Catania were pushing hard and Bergessio’s glancing header skimmed the upright.
The Elefantini turned the game around completely with a classic Francesco Lodi free kick which split the wall to curl in at the base of the near post.
However, Di Natale snatched an equaliser in stoppages, as the ball was knocked down for the captain’s fierce angled drive from eight yards.