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Italian Serie A

Angelo Massimino (ATT 19,028) 4th May 2014 - Kick off 14:00 Ref: Luca Banti

Catania Catania vs Roma Roma

Catania 4

M Izco (26, 34)
G Bergessio (56)
P Barrientos (79)


Roma 1

F Totti (37)

Roma's title tilt ended

Last Updated: 04/05/14 4:12pm

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Mariano Izco fires home Catania's second goal

Mariano Izco fires home Catania's second goal

Relegation contenders Catania decided the final destination of the Serie A title with a 4-1 victory over Roma that confirmed Juventus as champions.

Rudi Garcia's second-placed Roma travelled to Sicily eight points behind Juve and knowing only victory here would maintain their slim hopes of denying the Turin giants their third straight championship.

Two first-half goals from Mariano Izco and later strikes from Gonzalo Bergessio and Pablo Barrientos sealed Roma's fate, while lifting Catania, who for the majority of their dismal campaign were rooted to the bottom of the table, to within three points of safety with two games remaining.

At the age of 37, Roma captain Francesco Totti did manage to score his first ever league goal against Catania, but his club's defeat allowed Juve to celebrate before they host Atalanta on Monday night.

Roma have not won at the Stadio Angelo Massimino since April 2007 and, with that added weight of expectation, the Giallorossi were clearly nervous in the opening exchanges.

Alessio Romagnoli headed wildly over the bar from Totti's pinpoint cross, while Alessandro Florenzi shot straight down Alberto Frison's throat.

Catania fired a loud warning shot across the bow as Bergessio stormed into the area to rattle a low drive at Morgan De Sanctis and, in the 26th minute, the Elefanti grabbed the opening goal.

It was a precise left-footed finish from Izco - the Argentinian was put through by Sebastian Leto's backheel - and Roma's aspirations to Scudetto glory began to fade.

Eight minutes later the dream slipped further into the ether as Izco doubled up for Catania.

This time he seized on the ball from Bergessio's pass from the right before burying it beyond De Sanctis with a fierce finish.

Roma needed three goals in Sicily to stay alive for another day and Totti made a timely contribution to the cause only three minutes after Izco's second was picked out of the net.

Daniele De Rossi's chip over the top found Florenzi, who headed the ball towards the penalty spot and on to the end of a thunderous half-volley from veteran marksman Totti.

Gervinho might even have dragged Roma back into contention on the stroke of half-time, but he was closed down by Frison before he could pull the trigger at the end of a swift counter-attack.

The Ivorian lived to regret the wasted opportunity as Catania pulled further clear 10 minutes after the break.

Bergessio reacted quickly when De Sanctis parried his first attempt to clip home and Roma's title challenge looked dead.

It was, however, finally over 10 minutes from full-time at the Massimino as Barrientos buried the dream with a splendid twisting finish off his left boot.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 28 67
2 Roma 28 53
3 Lazio 28 52
4 Sampdoria 28 48
5 Napoli 28 47
6 Fiorentina 28 46
7 Torino 28 39
8 AC Milan 28 38
9 Genoa 27 37
10 Inter Milan 28 37
11 Palermo 28 35
12 Udinese 27 33
13 Empoli 28 33
14 Sassuolo 28 32
15 Chievo 28 32
16 Verona 28 32
17 Atalanta 28 26
18 Cagliari 28 21
19 Cesena 28 21
20 Parma 26 9