Bologna - Catania, Final score 1-2; Catania and Bologna say goodbye to Serie A together

Maurizio Lagana

Bologna was too nervous to get the win that would give them chance to fight for their life in the last round. Catania get their first away win of the season, but it was too little too late.

Bologna and Catania went against each other hoping to prolong their stay in Serie A for another week. The home team was favoured (sort of)  - if nothing for the simple fact that the elefanti haven't had a single success away this season. That and they haven't won in Bologna for 53 years. To be fair, they haven't played there too often either..

The felsinei were far more aggressive throughout the whole match, attacking as if their future depended on it - which it did. But they were far too nervous and impatient. Panagiotis Kone and Rolando Bianchi did create many problems for the visitors. Kone's runs down the right flank and good crosses were many, just as many as Bianchi's misses.

In the 23rd minute, Fabian Rinaudo was fouled on the edge of Bologna's box. Gonzalo Bergessio went for the freekick - or so it seemed. He left the ball for Fabian Monzon, whose powerful low shot ended in the far right corner of Gianluca Curci's goal.

Only seven minutes later, it seemed like it was going to get easier for the rossoblu, when Gino Peruzzi got his second yellow card for the foul on Lazaros Christodoupoulos near the center of the pitch. Bologna's coach Davide Ballardini reacted quickly. He took off defender Frederik Sørensen, bringing Jonathan Cristaldo on in his place. Bologna did create more chances, but they couldn't finish.

The hosts hit the post twice. They were constantly in their opponent's penalty box, but had nothing to show for it. They wanted a penalty in the 63rd minute, when Robert Acquafresca's shot hit Norbert Gyomber in the hand, but the referee didn't point to the spot. Instead, only a corner was given.

When it seemed that the tempo has slowed down, that Bologna's players were losing strength, they equalized. After the corner, the ball got to Archimede Morleo on the edge of the box - almost the exact same spot from which Monzon scored for Catania. Morleo sent a curling ball into the left corner, making it 1-1 with 10 minutes to go. The felsinei started believing again, but almost at the same time, Chievo scored in Cagliari. That, and Sassuolo's goals against Genoa meant that both Bologna and Catania were facing Serie B football next season, no matter the result.

Five minutes before full time, the Sicilians retook the lead. Morleo was fouled by Rinaudo deep inside Catania's half, but the referee waved to play on. The Argentine ran with the ball for 40 meters on the left flank, before sending it to Gonzalo Bergessio on the right, whose left footed strike from inside the area flew past Curci. Catania's winner meant nothing. Both teams have relegated to Serie B. Goodbye Bologna and Catania.

Bologna (3-5-1-1): Curci; Sorensen (Cristaldo 36'), Natali, Antonsson, Garics; Friberg, Krhin (Ibson 46'), Christodoulopoulos, Morleo; Kone, Bianchi (Acquafresca 68')

Goal: Morleo 80'

Catania (4-3-3): Frison; Peruzzi, Gyomber, Rolin, Monzon; Izco, Rinaudo, Barrientos (Plasil 56'); Leto (Belusci 66'), Bergessio, Castro (Biraghi 77')

Goals: Monzon 23', Bergessio 85'

Red card: Peruzzi 30'

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