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Stadio Olimpico (ATT 40,599) 22nd December 2013 - Kick off 14:00 Ref: A Gervasoni

Roma Roma vs Catania Catania

Roma 4

M Benatia (18, 59)
M Destro (55)
Gervinho (80)

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Catania 0

Roma crush Catania

Last Updated: 22/12/13 4:52pm

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Mehdi Benatia celebrates scoring for Roma

Mehdi Benatia celebrates scoring for Roma

Roma kept the pressure on at the top of Serie A as they routed rock-bottom Catania 4-0 on Sunday.

Mehdi Benatia scored in either half with Mattia Destro and Gervinho also finding the net to give Roma a comfortable win.

Juventus' 4-1 victory at Atalanta means Roma remain five points adrift but this performance was another demonstration of their quality this season.

Catania began brightly with early chances for Tiberio Guarente and Lucas Castro, but that was hardly a sign of things to come.

Instead, Benatia opened the scoring when he met Destro flicked on a corner and he was on hand to finish from close range.

Roma's forwards were forming a queue to shoot at Alberto Frison's goal and the only surprise was that Catania made it to half-time without conceding again as Gervinho, Miralem Pjanic and Adem Ljajic all passed up opportunities to add to the lead.

However, some more clinical finishing in the second half ended the game as a contest before the hour mark.

Francesco Totti and Dodo both went close soon after the restart before the second goal came.

Destro got it in the 55th minute, finishing from close range after Maicon's cross had caused panic in the Catania defence.

Four minutes later, Ljajic whippped in a free-kick and Benatia got the touch to head it home.

It was left to Gervinho to add the cherry on top with a left-footed strike 10 minutes from time, giving Roma a comprehensive victory.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 32 73
2 Lazio 32 59
3 Roma 32 58
4 Napoli 32 56
5 Sampdoria 32 50
6 Fiorentina 32 49
7 Genoa 32 47
8 Torino 32 47
9 Inter Milan 32 45
10 AC Milan 32 43
11 Palermo 32 41
12 Verona 32 39
13 Udinese 32 38
14 Chievo 32 37
15 Sassuolo 32 36
16 Empoli 32 35
17 Atalanta 32 31
18 Cagliari 32 24
19 Cesena 32 23
20 Parma 32 16