Catania completed their comeback to beat Sampdoria 3-1 with a trio of Argentine goalscorers.
The Elefantini had to do without Alejandro ‘Papu’ Gomez, Marco Biagianti and the suspended Sergio Almiron. Samp welcomed back Eder, but Daniele Gastaldello sat out a ban with Maxi Lopez, Gianni Munari and Juan Antonio sidelined.
Amidu Salifu didn’t get off to a good start, as he was booked in the opening minute for a foul on Enzo Maresca and then limped off after 14.
Mariano Izco charged forward and unleashed a shot that skimmed the woodwork and a spectacular Lucas Castro overhead kick was charged down in the box. Rossini’s awful clearance should’ve given away a goal, but Gonzalo Bergessio fired over the bar.
Sampdoria had their first chance with Mauro Icardi blasting over. The teenage Argentine then earned a penalty with a wonderful slalom between three defenders until he was eventually tripped by Nicola Legrottaglie. Enzo Maresca stepped up and buried the penalty, sending Mariano Andujar the wrong way.
Icardi should’ve made it 2-0 when running on to a Fernando Tissone through ball, but drilled wide with only the goalkeeper to beat after he had got past Giuseppe Bellusci.
Goalscorer Maresca picked up a thigh problem and limped off to make way for Eder, himself returning from injury.
There was chaos in the Sampdoria box when Sergio Romero called for the ball, but mistimed his run and ended up taking down Gonzalo Bergessio. The referee waved away penalty appeals. The move continued and substitute Eder went on the counter to test Andujar.
Catania thought they had equalised in first half stoppages with Bergessio, but Gaetano Berardi sprinted back for a desperate goalline clearance. It was all in vain anyway, as Bergessio had been flagged offside.
A Francesco Lodi free kick skimmed the woodwork, but Catania did get a deserved equaliser with Mario Paglialunga’s debut Serie A goal. The striker let a Bergessio pass bounce in the D and thumped on the volley for a shot that went in off the inside of the post.
The comeback was completed by Bergessio, who rose at the back post to turn in Giovanni Marchese’s cross from the by-line. There was a Samp player down injured in midfield, but the move was allowed to continue.
Bergessio almost made it 3-1, as his header from Lodi’s free kick skimmed the upright. The third goal went to another Argentine, Castro, who waltzed on to a through ball after Rossini’s defensive error to side-foot past Romero.