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Angelo Massimino 13th January 2013 - Kick off 14:00 Ref: A Damato

Catania Catania vs Roma Roma

Catania 1

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Roma 0

Roma lose again at Catania

Last Updated: 13/01/13 5:39pm

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Alejandro Gomez scores the only goal of the game

Alejandro Gomez scores the only goal of the game

Roma's European ambitions suffered another blow after they crashed to a third defeat in four Serie A matches after going down 1-0 to mid-table Catania.

Alejandro Gomez's second-half goal proved the difference between the two as Catania followed in the footsteps of Chievo and Napoli by sending sixth-placed Roma to defeat on the road.

There was little sign of any trouble ahead for the visitors as they dominated the first half, with Italy international Mattia Destro looking unstoppable.

He fired inches wide in 11th minute before threatening again 60 seconds later with a shot that was parried by Mariano Andujar. Destro also got to the rebound first but shot just wide again.

The 21-year-old had another opening in the 26th minute and yet again the Catania goal led a charmed life as his superb volley from outside the area skimmed the outside of the left post.

Destro really should have made it 1-0 in the 35th minute but he contrived to miss with the goal at his mercy after the ball had slipped away from Andujar.

That was a remarkable miss from Destro and one that would end up proving costly.

Catania only created a couple of chances in the first half, Gomez firing wide before being denied by a good save from Mauro Goicoechea, but they took the lead in the 61st minute thanks to the Argentinian.

Gonzalo Bergessio's pass put his countryman through on goal and Gomez neatly finished past Goicoechea for what would prove to be the match-winner.

Roma had a late chance to salvage a point but Dodo's 89th-minute effort was somehow kept out by Andujar with a superb diving save.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 25 58
2 Roma 25 49
3 Napoli 25 45
4 Lazio 25 43
5 Fiorentina 25 42
6 Sampdoria 25 39
7 Genoa 24 36
8 Torino 25 36
9 Inter Milan 25 35
10 AC Milan 25 34
11 Palermo 25 34
12 Sassuolo 25 29
13 Udinese 24 28
14 Empoli 25 28
15 Verona 25 28
16 Chievo 25 25
17 Atalanta 25 23
18 Cagliari 25 20
19 Cesena 25 19
20 Parma 23 10