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Angelo Massimino (ATT 14,000) 14th December 2013 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: A Damato

Catania Catania vs Verona Verona

Catania 0

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Verona 0

Catania stay at the bottom

Last Updated: 14/12/13 10:20pm

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Alessandro Agostini tries to keep the ball in play.

Alessandro Agostini tries to keep the ball in play.

Catania remain rooted to the foot of Serie A after being held at home to a 0-0 draw by Hellas Verona, who missed the opportunity to break into the top five.

In a tight and tense game at the Stadio Massimino, the hosts carved out the better chances but a blend of bad finishing and bad luck denied them what would have been only their third win of the season.

Hellas, who could have moved level with fourth-placed Inter Milan with a win, only managed to test Alberto Frison in the Catania goal once as they drew for only the second time this season.

Catania were full of life as an initiative offering a free additional ticket to all season ticket holders ensured a larger than usual crowd at the Cibali.

Pablo Barrientos created a glorious opportunity for Sebastian Leto in the 18th minute, but with only Rafael to beat, he shot too close to the Hellas goalkeeper.

The ball fell out for Gino Peruzzi, but he contrived to miss the target from close range.

A Barrientos free-kick was then flicked by Alvarez towards goal, but Rafael reacted well to the slight deviation to keep the header out.

Emil Hallfredsson tried his luck from 25 yards early in the second half, but Frison appeared to get his fingertips to the ball to touch it over the crossbar, even if only a goal kick was given.

It was the first time the Catania goalkeeper had been called into action, and it was practically the last too.

He raced off his line to reach a ball which was slightly overhit by Juan Iturbe in the dying minutes of a game which remained deadlocked at 0-0 in spite of five minutes of stoppage time being played.

Catania tried right to the very end, but there was no way through as Hellas frustrated them right up to the final whistle, which was met with more whistles from the fans.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 36 83
2 Roma 36 67
3 Lazio 36 66
4 Napoli 36 63
5 Fiorentina 36 58
6 Genoa 36 56
7 Sampdoria 36 54
8 Inter Milan 36 52
9 Torino 36 51
10 Palermo 36 46
11 AC Milan 36 46
12 Verona 36 44
13 Sassuolo 36 43
14 Chievo 36 42
15 Udinese 36 41
16 Empoli 36 41
17 Atalanta 36 36
18 Cagliari 36 28
19 Cesena 36 24
20 Parma 36 17