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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 16 39
2 Roma 16 36
3 Napoli 16 27
4 Sampdoria 16 27
5 Lazio 16 27
6 Genoa 16 26
7 AC Milan 16 25
8 Fiorentina 16 24
9 Udinese 16 22
10 Palermo 16 22
11 Inter Milan 16 21
12 Sassuolo 16 20
13 Verona 16 17
14 Empoli 16 17
15 Torino 16 17
16 Chievo 16 16
17 Atalanta 16 15
18 Cagliari 16 12
19 Cesena 16 9
20 Parma 16 7