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Marc' Antonio Bentegodi (ATT 10,000) 14th April 2013 - Kick off 14:00 Ref: Piero Giacomelli

Chievo Chievo vs Catania Catania

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Catania 0

Catania fire blanks at Chievo

Last Updated: 14/04/13 5:01pm

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Cyril Thereau and Giuseppe Bellusci battle for the ball

Cyril Thereau and Giuseppe Bellusci battle for the ball

Catania's hopes of competing in Europe next season suffered a blow as they drew a blank at lowly Chievo.

Rolando Maran's men are chasing a Europa League spot but their failure to win at the Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi means they are now three points behind fifth-placed Lazio, who host Juventus tonight.

In an even encounter, the visitors had the better opportunities to break the deadlock but a combination of poor finishing and Chievo goalkeeper Christian Puggioni making several fine saves proved their undoing.

It was Eugenio Corini's side, who are now eight points clear of the Serie A drop zone, that had the first sight on goal, with Perparim Hetemaj's low cross from the right narrowly just beyond the reach of Cyril Thereau.

The French forward then struck over the bar in the 20th minute as the hosts continued to pour forward.

But Catania nearly took the lead against the run of play when a quick counter-attack led to Alejandro Gomez teeing up Francesco Lodi, whose strike was parried away by Puggioni just before the half hour.

Lodi saw a free-kick sail harmlessly over the bar, while after the interval, the former Empoli midfielder picked out Gonzalo Bergessio with another set piece but the Argentinean forward's header at the far post saw brilliantly kept out by Puggioni.

Chievo reminded Catania of their potential, however, with Boukary Drame forcing Mariano Andujar into action from outside the area, while Sergio Pellissier fired over the bar on the hour.

But the visitors dominated in the closing stages and Bergessio only just failed to get any contact on Pablo Alvarez's low cross from the by-line.

Puggioni comfortably saved Mariano Izco's strike from the edge of the box while Alejandro Gomez failed to hit the target two minutes from time with his effort from distance as the spoils were shared.

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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 15 26
5 Genoa 15 26
6 Lazio 15 26
7 AC Milan 16 25
8 Fiorentina 15 23
9 Udinese 15 21
10 Palermo 15 21
11 Inter Milan 15 20
12 Sassuolo 16 20
13 Verona 15 17
14 Empoli 15 16
15 Torino 15 14
16 Atalanta 15 14
17 Chievo 15 13
18 Cagliari 16 12
19 Cesena 16 9
20 Parma 16 7