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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 24 57
2 Roma 24 48
3 Napoli 25 45
4 Lazio 25 43
5 Fiorentina 25 42
6 Sampdoria 25 39
7 Genoa 24 36
8 Torino 25 36
9 Inter Milan 25 35
10 AC Milan 25 34
11 Palermo 25 34
12 Sassuolo 25 29
13 Udinese 24 28
14 Empoli 25 28
15 Verona 25 28
16 Chievo 25 25
17 Atalanta 25 23
18 Cagliari 25 20
19 Cesena 25 19
20 Parma 23 10