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Angelo Massimino (ATT 15,000) 4th November 2012 - Kick off 14:00 Ref: P Mazzoleni

Catania Catania vs Lazio Lazio

Catania 4

A Gomez (8, 28)
F Lodi (pen 25)
P Barrientos (69)


Lazio 0

Lazio thumped by Catania

Last Updated: 04/11/12 7:05pm

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Alejandro Gomez: Inspired form for Catania

Alejandro Gomez: Inspired form for Catania

Alejandro Gomez was in inspired form as Catania pulled off a remarkable 4-0 thumping of Lazio.

Gomez opened the scoring as early as the eighth minute to set Rolando Maran's men on their way before Francesco Lodi netted from the spot midway through the first-half.

Catania were out of sight after 28 minutes when Gomez netted from close range and the Argentinian teed up Pablo Barrientos to seal the rout after the interval.

The victory was Catania's fourth victory from six matches at the Stadio Angelo Massimino while Lazio's wretched run continues.

Having been among the early leaders, Lazio's Serie A title challenge had been undermined by three games without a win before Sunday but the result in Sicily must heavily damage morale within the camp.

They fell behind in the eighth minute when Gomez dribbled into the box before drilling past compatriot Albano Bizzarri.

The Lazio keeper kept the deficit to just one goal by saving from Barrientos' low effort but the visitors then did themselves no favours when Andre Dias was adjudged to have handled inside the area in the 25th minute.

Lodi made no mistake with his spot-kick, slotting in the bottom right and Lazio's afternoon went from bad to worse when Gomez converted from Giovanni Marchese's left-wing cross three minutes later.

To their credit, the Biancocelesti refused to let their heads drop and midfielder Antonio Candreva was denied by Catania keeper Mariano Andujar.

They continued to attack after the interval and although Sergio Floccari went past defender Nicola Legrottaglie, Andujar collected the ball from the striker's feet.

Gomez was continuing to cause all sorts of problems and he picked out Souleymane Doukara, whose flick-on produced a fine save from Bizzarri.

There was nothing the Lazio keeper could do, however, when Gomez found Barrientos, who fired low into the net in the 69th minute.

Andujar produced a marvellous save from Candreva's effort outside the area to deny Vladimir Petkovic's men a consolation while their misery was nearly compounded in the final minute but Legrottaglie's header skimmed the bar.

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Italy Serie A

Italy Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 33 87
2 Roma 33 79
3 Napoli 33 67
4 Fiorentina 33 58
5 Inter Milan 33 53
6 Parma 33 51
7 Torino 33 48
8 AC Milan 33 48
9 Lazio 33 48
10 Verona 33 46
11 Atalanta 33 46
12 Sampdoria 33 41
13 Genoa 33 39
14 Udinese 33 38
15 Cagliari 33 33
16 Chievo 33 30
17 Bologna 33 28
18 Livorno 33 25
19 Sassuolo 33 25
20 Catania 33 20