Catania Vs. Parma: Final Score 2-0, Tempers Flare In Sicily

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A total of nine yellow cards were distributed at the Stadio Angelo Massimino, primarily to a Parma side frustrated at Catania's dominance of the match.

It was almost too easy for Catania, as their 2-0 victory over Parma maintained their unbeaten run at the Stadio Angelo Massimino. The win moves the rossazzurri into seventh, even on points with Fiorentina and AS Roma.

It took less than two minutes for Alejandro Gómez to secure the opening goal. Catania broke free with one of their signature counter-attacks, allowing Gómez the chance to get on the end of a through-ball from Pablo Barrientos to fire home.

The attacks kept coming. Barrientos tried his own luck with a header that was blocked by the quick reflexes of Antonio Mirante. Parma responded in a rather cynical fashion, throwing out fouls that would eventually result in the side picking up eight yellow cards.

Even worse for the visitors, Yohan Benalouane, who'd received a yellow card for a bicycle kick that knocked Barrientos in the head, received his marching orders with twenty minutes left to go. This time it was simply foolishness, as the defender took out his frustration with Gómez by smacking him upside the head.

Barrientos also let his temper get to him. Substituted in the 74th minute, Pitu took revenge on an innocent water bottle, giving it a sharp kick it likely didn't deserve.

Their opponents down to ten, it was only a matter of time before Catania struck again. Mariano Izco got free down the right, rolling the ball over for Gonzalo Bergessio, who tapped it into an empty net. Bergessio should have had another in stoppage time, but it was ruled out as offside.

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