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Italian Serie A

(ATT 15,000) 25th November 2012 - Kick off 14:00 Ref: A Gervasoni

Pescara Pescara vs Roma Roma

Pescara 0

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Roma 1

M Destro (5)

Pescara sink to the bottom

Last Updated: 25/11/12 4:57pm

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Mattia Destro scored the only goal

Mattia Destro scored the only goal

Cristiano Bergodi got a sense of the task he faces at Pescara after defeat at home to Roma saw his side slip to the bottom of Serie A.

Pescara turned to their former defender after Giovanni Stroppa resigned in the wake of a 1-0 defeat at Siena, a result that saw them drop into the bottom three.

And another 1-0 loss today, coupled with Siena's 0-0 draw at Chievo, means Pescara prop up the table on goal difference.

Roma got off to the perfect start at the Stadio Adriatico, with Michael Bradley curling a shot just wide after four minutes.

And the visitors were in front seconds later when Francesco Totti's shot from outside the area was well saved by Mattia Perin, only for Mattia Destro to be left with a simple tap-in.

Totti then tried his luck with a long-range free-kick which Perin opted to punch clear, before Pescara threatened for the first time with 25 minutes on the clock.

Juan Quintero beat several Roma defenders before shooting from outside the area, but watched as his shot went wide and failed to trouble goalkeeper Mauro Goicoechea.

At the other end, Destro almost had his second of the game from close range only to be denied by a superb reflex save from Perin, while Totti fired over the bar with the last chance of the first half.

Roma also had the first chance of the second period as Alessandro Florenzi fired inches wide, and they should have been 2-0 up on 49 minutes after two good chances for Destro went begging.

There was precious little respite for the home side as Totti's 57th-minute shot skimmed the post, while 10 minutes later Miralem Pjanic fired over the bar from long range.

Pescara finally managed to summon up a late rally and Elvis Abbruscato shot narrowly wide on 83 minutes and brought a good save from Goicoechea four minutes later, but Roma deservedly held on for the win.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 28 67
2 Roma 28 53
3 Lazio 28 52
4 Sampdoria 28 48
5 Napoli 28 47
6 Fiorentina 28 46
7 Torino 28 39
8 AC Milan 28 38
9 Genoa 27 37
10 Inter Milan 28 37
11 Palermo 28 35
12 Udinese 27 33
13 Empoli 28 33
14 Sassuolo 28 32
15 Chievo 28 32
16 Verona 28 32
17 Atalanta 28 26
18 Cagliari 28 21
19 Cesena 28 21
20 Parma 26 9