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Angelo Massimino (ATT 13,000) 11th May 2013 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: Fabrizio Pasqua

Catania Catania vs Pescara Pescara

Catania 1

A Gomez (52)

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Pescara 0

Catania move into top eight

Last Updated: 11/05/13 11:11pm

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Catania celebrate the game's only goal

Catania celebrate the game's only goal

Catania climbed into the top eight of the Serie A standings after beating already-relegated Pescara 1-0 thanks to a second-half goal from Alejandro Gomez.

The Argentinian winger struck the only goal of the game six minutes after half-time to help Catania move above stuttering Inter Milan in the table.

The Rosazzurri, who even before the match had already picked up more points than in any previous top-flight campaign, bossed the first half but a mixture of poor finishing and good goalkeeping from Pescara's Mattia Perin keep the teams level.

Francesco Lodi fired inches wide early on before Perin did well to keep out efforts from Gonzalo Bergessio, Marco Biagianti and Sergio Almiron.

Pescara, who are only playing for pride having seen their relegation to Serie B confirmed weeks ago, barely threatened before the break with their best effort seeing Ferdinando Sforzini fire well over from inside the box.

Catania finally made their dominance count in the 51st minute when they took the lead following a rapid counter-attack. Almiron started the move and it finished with Bergessio sending over a perfect pass for Gomez to tap in at the back post.

That proved to be the match-winner as although Catania continued to push for a second in the remainder of the match, they were thwarted once more.

Perin again proved their biggest obstacle, the 20-year-old saving from Sforzini and twice from Bergessio (twice), while on the occasion he was beaten, direct from Pablo Barrientos' corner, the ball came back off a post.

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Table

Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 19 46
2 Roma 19 41
3 Lazio 20 34
4 Napoli 19 33
5 Sampdoria 19 33
6 Fiorentina 19 30
7 Genoa 19 28
8 Palermo 19 26
9 Inter Milan 19 26
10 AC Milan 20 26
11 Sassuolo 20 25
12 Udinese 19 24
13 Torino 19 22
14 Verona 19 21
15 Atalanta 19 20
16 Cagliari 20 19
17 Empoli 19 19
18 Chievo 19 18
19 Parma 19 10
20 Cesena 19 9