Lazio completed a remarkable comeback from 1-0 down to beat Catania 2-1 in the space of 120 seconds.
This was a surprising head-to-head for Europe, as only two points separated them going into the Stadio Olimpico. The Elefantini also had a strong record here, undefeated since November 2008 and beating Lazio 4-0 earlier this season.
Hernanes returned from suspension, but Michael Ciani missed out with Sergio Floccari, Abdoulay Konko, Andre Dias and Cristian Brocchi. Miroslav Klose was back on the bench after a two-month lay-off, but the Biancocelesti had lost three on the bounce and gave Louis Saha his first Serie A start. Catania duo Nicolas Spolli and Alessandro Potenza sat out bans with Sergio Almiron sidelined.
Antonio Candreva stung the palms of Mariano Andujar when one-on-one, but Saha really should’ve scored when a shot was deflected and the goalkeeper down, but he came sliding in and incredibly fired wide from four yards, turning it back across the face of an empty net.
Candreva’s cross was heading towards Saha before Andujar’s crucial interception to punch clear, as Lazio continued to pile forward.
They went so close after 28 minutes when the crossbar was rattled by a deflected Lorik Cana effort, which was charged down from point-blank range by Giovanni Marchese.
It was still 0-0 at the break despite numerous Lazio opportunities and non-stop pressure, particularly from Candreva, while Hernanes drilled just wide.
All the pressure with no goals proved costly, as Catania took the lead with their first real chance of the game. The ball ricocheted around the box until Stefan Radu cleared it on to the shin of Mariano Izco, which ricocheted into the net.
Hernanes blasted over from a promising position, while Lazio incredibly failed to score when Ederson went on a mazy run to set up Libor Kozak, whose finish from four yards was crucially intercepted by Marchese.
Lazio were furious after Kozak went down in the box and replays suggest he was tugged back by Pablo Alvarez, though the striker really did make the most of it by falling much later than the original contact.
Miroslav Klose made his comeback after two months out with a knee injury.
It was Nicola Legrottaglie who allowed Lazio an equaliser, as his sliding interception to stop Radu’s ball reaching Kozak instead prodded it past his own goalkeeper from six yards.
Moments later the referee simply had to point to the spot for an appalling Giuseppe Bellusci tackle on Ederson that sent the Brazilian flying. Candreva took penalty duties and coolly converted by sending the goalkeeper the wrong way. The Biancocelesti turned the game around completely in 120 seconds.