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Italian Serie A

Stadio Olimpico 18th January 2014 - Kick off 17:00 Ref: C Russo

Roma Roma vs Livorno Livorno

Roma 3

M Destro (6)
K Strootman (36)
A Ljajic (79)

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Livorno 0

Roma keep title hopes alive

Last Updated: 18/01/14 8:21pm

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Gervinho in action for Roma

Gervinho in action for Roma

Roma kept their Serie A title hopes alive and well as they recorded a 3-0 win over basement side Livorno on Saturday.

Goals from Mattia Destro, Kevin Strootman and Adem Ljajic marked a dominant performance from the Giallorossi, who kept up the pressure on league leaders Juventus with the result.

Livorno, however, failed to get going at the Stadio Olimpico and remain four points from safety after a fifth successive defeat.

With almost the entire length of the table separating the two sides, it was no surprise when Roma took the lead after just six minutes.

Ljajic raced down the right wing before whipping a cross into the six-yard box for a waiting Destro, who had the easiest of finishes from close range.

That sparked a spell of domination which saw Mehdi Benatia and Ljajic shoot over before Destro's effort was saved by a diving Francesco Bardi.

The Livorno goalkeeper came to the rescue again on the half-hour with another fine stop to deny Miralem Pjanic and Roma wasted a further chance within seconds as Benatia headed the corner over the bar from a few yards out.

However, Strootman showed his team-mates how it was done after 36 minutes, turning home the rebound after defender Nahuel Valentini had cleared Destro's chip off the line.

Roma had the ball in the back of the net once more as the interval approached but Destro's effort was disallowed with team-mate Leandro Castan in an offside position.

Livorno mustered a rare chance early in the second half with Leandro Greco firing over the bar from distance.

But Roma quickly reasserted their authority and Pjanic was only denied a goal on the hour mark by a timely intervention from on-loan defender Ibrahima Mbaye.

Ljajic then saw two more chances go begging but he made the most of his third opportunity in the 76th minute, capping a fine home performance with a neat drive into the bottom left corner.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 34 79
2 Roma 34 64
3 Lazio 34 63
4 Napoli 34 59
5 Fiorentina 34 52
6 Sampdoria 34 51
7 Genoa 34 50
8 Inter Milan 34 49
9 Torino 34 48
10 Palermo 34 43
11 AC Milan 34 43
12 Udinese 34 41
13 Empoli 34 41
14 Chievo 34 41
15 Verona 34 40
16 Sassuolo 34 37
17 Atalanta 34 33
18 Cagliari 34 27
19 Cesena 34 24
20 Parma 34 16