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Angelo Massimino (ATT 12,487) 16th February 2014 - Kick off 11:30 Ref: M Mazzoleni

Catania Catania vs Lazio Lazio

Catania 3

M Izco (1)
N Spolli (48)
G Peruzzi (58)

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Lazio 1

S Mauri (45+1)

Catania end Lazio run

Last Updated: 16/02/14 3:37pm

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Nicolas Spolli celebrates for Catania

Nicolas Spolli celebrates for Catania

Lazio suffered their first defeat in six games and their first under coach Edy Reja as they went down to a surprise 3-1 defeat away to Catania.

The relegation-threatened Sicilian outfit ended a run of three straight draws to ease the pressure on coach Rolando Maran.

The defeat also dealt a blow to the European qualification hopes of Reja's side.

Mariano Izco opened the scoring for the home side after just one minute, but Stefano Mauri drew the Roman club level on the stroke of half-time.

Further goals from Nicolas Spolli and Gino Peruzzi ensured the home side claimed all three points.

Catania shocked their higher-placed visitors early on when Lucas Castro crossed from the right and Izco fired the ball into the top right corner.

Catania nearly extended their lead when as shot from Pablo Barrientos forced Etrit Berisha into a fine save.

Lazio's Lucas Biglia shot just wide of the Catania goal before the home side's Gonzalo Bergessio forced Berisha into another save before Lucas Castro's right foot shot was just off target.

Lazio's Antonio Candreva fired wide before Catania's Spolli headed wide from a Francesco Lodi cross.

Lazio drew level in first half injury time when Mauri headed into the top corner of the goal from a cross by Abdoulay Konko.

But Catania were back in front three minutes into the second half when a free-kick from Lodi was met by a diving header from Spolli which found the net from close range.

Five minutes later Catania wrapped up the win when Peruzzi played a one-two with Keko before scoring the home side's third goal from close range.

Berisha then denied Bergessio twice, the second chance coming after good work by Peruzzi.

Christian Ledesma crossed for Miroslav Klose, who headed just wide as Lazio tried to get back into the game.

Berisha easily kept out an shot on the turn from Bergessio before a late effort from Candreva brought a save out of Catania goalkeeper Mariano Andujar.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
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1 Juventus 24 57
2 Roma 24 48
3 Napoli 24 45
4 Lazio 24 40
5 Fiorentina 24 39
6 Sampdoria 24 36
7 Genoa 24 36
8 Inter Milan 24 35
9 AC Milan 24 33
10 Torino 24 33
11 Palermo 24 33
12 Sassuolo 24 29
13 Udinese 23 28
14 Empoli 24 27
15 Verona 24 25
16 Chievo 24 24
17 Atalanta 24 23
18 Cagliari 24 20
19 Cesena 24 16
20 Parma 23 10