SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 18 - 21 Dec 2012 (17.00 UK)
2 - 1 Catania
Celik 23 (P) Togni 94 (P); Barrientos 36 (C)
Stadio Adriatico

Eugenio Togni scored a last minute free-kick to give Pescara a 2-1 home win against Catania.

Mervan Celik partnered Elvis Abbruscato up front as Cristiano Bergodi's side looked for the three points that would take them out of the relegation zone.

For the away team meanwhile, they opted for their usual 4-3-3 formation with Alejandro Gomez, Pablo Barrientos and Lucas Castro leading the line.

And it was the Elefanti who started the brighter of the two sides. The attacking triumvirate were causing a host of problems and perhaps should have scored inside three minutes – a cross from Castro went to Gomez, but the 24-year-old could only fire over the bar.

Rolando Maran's side continued to dominate the ball, and also maintained their pressure on the opposition area. It was the forward three who were doing all the damage, and this time it was Castro who went closest shooting across goal, but hitting the post.

However, midway through the half, and completely against the run of play, the Delfini scored the opening goal. A cross from Vladimir Weiss found Celik, and the Swede struck his effort first time from the edge of the area and in.

On 36 minutes though, normal service was resumed as the visitors equalised. Great play by Mariano Izco down the right saw the former Tigre man pull the back to Barrientos, who lashed home.

After the break, the hosts came out a rejuvenated side with Celik and Abbruscato hassling the Catania backline as well as carving out half-chances for themselves.

Despite that, it was the Rossazzurri who could have taken the lead midway through the second period. A parried save from Mattia Perin ended at the feet of Giovanni Marchese who tapped in, but the linesman’s flag was up for offside.

Both teams looked for the winner late on, but it was Pescara who got it as Togni scored a 25 yard free-kick right at the end of the match to give the Delfini this three points.


: Perin; Capuano, Modesto (Zanon 68), Balzano, Terlizzi; Bjarnason, Nielsen, Togni, Weiss (Caprari 80); Celik; Abbrusato
Catania: Andujar; Spolli, Legrottaglie, Marchese, Alvarez (Bellusci 43); Almiron, Lodi, Izco; Castro, Gomez (Morimoto 76), Barrientos
Ref: Romeo