Christian Terlizzi's late goal gave ten-man Catania victory at home to bottom side Bari today. Beaten 3-1 in last weekend's Sicilian derby by Palermo, Catania bounced back to maintain their unbeaten run at the Angelo Massimino stadium this season.
Catania had Maxi Lopez sent off after he picked up his second yellow card 12 minutes from the end, but Bari failed to take advantage of their numerical superiority. Catania now sit in tenth place in Serie A, six points clear of the relegation zone, while Bari lost for the seventh time in eight games and are three points from safety after 13 games.
Terlizzi threatened early on when getting his head to a cross from Giuseppe Mascara, but nodded the ball past the post. At the other end, Edgar Alvarez's 25-yard attempt went wide. In the 17th minute, Bari goalkeeper Jean Francois Gillet had to make his first save when Mascara's shot was heading for the far corner. On the half-hour mark, Macara crossed into the box again but Terlizzi headed wide. Before half-time, Mascara nearly broke the deadlock but his powerful header from Pablo Alvarez's cross was saved by Gillet.
Catania continued to press forward after the restart and missed another chance when Lopez headed wide from a good position. In the 76th minute, Gillet did well to clear Adrian Ricchiuti's effort from six yards. A late foul on Bari's Marco Rossi meant a second yellow card for Lopez, but his absence did not prove costly. Catania were finally rewarded for their attacking play with eight minutes remaining when Terlizzi's close-range header from substitute Cristian Llama's cross beat Gillet.