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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)


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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Italy Serie A

Italy Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 34 90
2 Roma 34 82
3 Napoli 34 68
4 Fiorentina 34 58
5 Inter Milan 34 56
6 Parma 34 51
7 AC Milan 34 51
8 Torino 34 49
9 Verona 34 49
10 Lazio 34 49
11 Atalanta 34 46
12 Sampdoria 34 41
13 Udinese 34 39
14 Genoa 34 39
15 Cagliari 34 36
16 Chievo 34 30
17 Sassuolo 34 28
18 Bologna 34 28
19 Livorno 34 25
20 Catania 34 23