Morocco defender Mehdi Benatia scored twice as Roma won for only the second time in seven Serie A games to remain within five points of leaders Juventus.

The 26-year-old gave Rudi Garcia's side an early lead against bottom-of-the-table Catania before Mattia Destro doubled the lead after the interval.

Benatia added the third before former Arsenal striker Gervinho scored as Roma extended their unbeaten start.

Champions Juventus are their next opponents on 5 January.

19 not out for Roma in Serie A

Roma are now unbeaten in 19 Serie A games - their last defeat was a 1-0 loss at home to Chievo on 7 May

Roma, whose last title came in 2001, had gone into the game on the back of a frustrating spell on five draws in six matches.

But there was little doubt about the outcome once Benatia found the net for the hosts in the Olympic Stadium.

There was further good news for manager Garcia as influential captain Francesco Totti made his first start after more than two months out with a hamstring injury.

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Roma

  • 26 De Sanctis
  • 13 Maicon
  • 03 Dodô
  • 15 Pjanic (Florenzi - 81' )
  • 17 Benatia
  • 05 Leandro
  • 27 Gervinho
  • 04 Bradley Booked
  • 22 Destro (Taddei - 59' )
  • 10 Totti (Ricci - 87' )
  • 08 Ljajic

Substitutes

  • 01 Lobont
  • 07 Marquinho
  • 11 Taddei
  • 24 Florenzi
  • 28 Skorupski
  • 29 Burdisso
  • 33 Jedvaj
  • 35 Torosidis
  • 46 Romagnoli
  • 94 Ricci
  • 95 Mazzitelli
  • 96 Di Mariano

Catania

  • 01 Frison
  • 02 Peruzzi Booked (Biraghi - 45' Booked )
  • 22 Sebastián Álvarez
  • 17 Guarente
  • 06 Legrottaglie
  • 05 Rolín
  • 13 Izco
  • 08 Plasil
  • 11 Leto (Monzón - 67' )
  • 28 Barrientos Booked
  • 19 Castro Booked (Bergessio - 60' )

Substitutes

  • 09 Bergessio
  • 18 Monzón
  • 20 Freire
  • 21 Andujar
  • 23 Boateng
  • 26 Gontán Gallardo
  • 33 Capuano
  • 34 Biraghi
  • 35 Ficara
Ref: Andrea Gervasoni
Att: 40,599

Match Stats

Shots

21 10

On target

10 1

Corners

9 3

Fouls

11 19

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Roma 4, Catania 0.

90:00 +1:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Roma 4, Catania 0.

90:00 +0:15

Attempt missed. Adem Ljajic (Roma) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

88:30

Alessandro Florenzi (Roma) wins a free kick on the left wing.

88:30

Foul by Pablo Álvarez (Catania).

88:01

Corner, Roma. Conceded by Alexis Rolín.

87:13

Leandro Castán (Roma) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:13

Foul by Fabián Monzón (Catania).

86:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Roma. Federico Ricci replaces Francesco Totti.

85:50

Attempt missed. Mariano Izco (Catania) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Fabián Monzón.

85:17

Francesco Totti (Roma) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85:17

Foul by Pablo Álvarez (Catania).

83:52

Attempt missed. Alessandro Florenzi (Roma) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

82:10

Mehdi Benatia (Roma) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

82:10

Foul by Nicola Legrottaglie (Catania).

81:36

Corner, Catania. Conceded by Maicon.

80:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Roma. Alessandro Florenzi replaces Miralem Pjanic.

79:30 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Roma 4, Catania 0. Gervinho (Roma) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Adem Ljajic.

78:26

Offside, Roma. Maicon tries a through ball, but Gervinho is caught offside.

76:57 Booking

Booking Cristiano Biraghi (Catania) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

76:53

Adem Ljajic (Roma) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

76:53

Foul by Cristiano Biraghi (Catania).

76:35

Rodrigo Taddei (Roma) wins a free kick on the left wing.

76:26

Foul by Pablo Álvarez (Catania).

76:15

Attempt saved. Gervinho (Roma) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Francesco Totti.

74:39

Gervinho (Roma) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

74:37

Attempt saved. Francesco Totti (Roma) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Gervinho.

73:05 Booking

Booking Pablo Barrientos (Catania) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

73:01

Rodrigo Taddei (Roma) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

73:01

Foul by Pablo Barrientos (Catania).

69:02

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

68:59

Delay in match Maicon (Roma) because of an injury.

67:30

Corner, Roma. Conceded by Nicola Legrottaglie.

66:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Catania. Fabián Monzón replaces Sebastián Leto.

66:07

Attempt missed. Francesco Totti (Roma) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Maicon.

65:07

Attempt saved. Sebastián Leto (Catania) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Pablo Álvarez.

64:49

Foul by Mehdi Benatia (Roma).

64:49

Gonzalo Bergessio (Catania) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:57

Corner, Roma. Conceded by Alexis Rolín.

61:52

Attempt blocked. Adem Ljajic (Roma) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Francesco Totti.

59:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Catania. Gonzalo Bergessio replaces Lucas Castro.

58:46 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Roma 3, Catania 0. Mehdi Benatia (Roma) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Adem Ljajic with a cross following a set piece situation.

58:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Roma. Rodrigo Taddei replaces Mattia Destro.

57:52

Adem Ljajic (Roma) wins a free kick on the right wing.

57:52

Foul by Tiberio Guarente (Catania).

56:29

Foul by Mattia Destro (Roma).

56:29

Jaroslav Plasil (Catania) wins a free kick on the left wing.

54:38 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Roma 2, Catania 0. Mattia Destro (Roma) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.

52:49

Attempt missed. Dodô (Roma) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Gervinho.

52:01

Attempt missed. Francesco Totti (Roma) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Maicon.

50:39 Booking

Booking Lucas Castro (Catania) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

50:35

Hand ball by Lucas Castro (Catania).

49:16

Offside, Roma. Maicon tries a through ball, but Mattia Destro is caught offside.

48:20

Adem Ljajic (Roma) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

48:20

Foul by Pablo Álvarez (Catania).

47:54

Attempt missed. Sebastián Leto (Catania) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

47:53

Attempt blocked. Sebastián Leto (Catania) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Pablo Barrientos with a cross.

47:29

Corner, Catania. Conceded by Leandro Castán.

46:28

Corner, Roma. Conceded by Alberto Frison.

46:23

Attempt saved. Adem Ljajic (Roma) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Francesco Totti.

45:48

Hand ball by Sebastián Leto (Catania).

45:00

Second Half begins Roma 1, Catania 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Catania. Cristiano Biraghi replaces Gino Peruzzi.

44:59 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Roma 1, Catania 0.

44:26

Offside, Roma. Francesco Totti tries a through ball, but Gervinho is caught offside.

42:40

Hand ball by Francesco Totti (Roma).

42:00 Booking

Booking Michael Bradley (Roma) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

41:59

Foul by Michael Bradley (Roma).

41:59

Tiberio Guarente (Catania) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:39

Adem Ljajic (Roma) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:39

Foul by Pablo Álvarez (Catania).

38:42

Attempt blocked. Mehdi Benatia (Roma) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Miralem Pjanic with a cross.

38:13

Corner, Roma. Conceded by Alexis Rolín.

38:11

Attempt blocked. Maicon (Roma) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Miralem Pjanic.

37:17

Corner, Roma. Conceded by Alexis Rolín.

37:15

Attempt blocked. Mattia Destro (Roma) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Francesco Totti.

36:53

Francesco Totti (Roma) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

36:53

Foul by Pablo Barrientos (Catania).

36:15

Attempt missed. Mariano Izco (Catania) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jaroslav Plasil.

35:39

Foul by Leandro Castán (Roma).

35:39

Pablo Barrientos (Catania) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:02

Francesco Totti (Roma) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:02

Foul by Nicola Legrottaglie (Catania).

31:57 Booking

Booking Gino Peruzzi (Catania) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

31:53

Gervinho (Roma) wins a free kick on the left wing.

31:53

Foul by Gino Peruzzi (Catania).

30:41

Attempt missed. Miralem Pjanic (Roma) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Michael Bradley.

29:27

Foul by Mehdi Benatia (Roma).

29:27

Sebastián Leto (Catania) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

28:02

Attempt blocked. Alexis Rolín (Catania) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jaroslav Plasil.

27:23

Corner, Catania. Conceded by Maicon.

26:29

Foul by Francesco Totti (Roma).

26:29

Tiberio Guarente (Catania) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:43

Offside, Catania. Pablo Barrientos tries a through ball, but Lucas Castro is caught offside.

24:49

Hand ball by Lucas Castro (Catania).

22:42

Foul by Mattia Destro (Roma).

22:42

Gino Peruzzi (Catania) wins a free kick on the right wing.

22:12

Attempt saved. Gervinho (Roma) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mattia Destro with a headed pass.

20:58

Corner, Roma. Conceded by Alberto Frison.

20:54

Attempt saved. Mattia Destro (Roma) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Maicon.

20:18

Leandro Castán (Roma) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:18

Foul by Sebastián Leto (Catania).

17:51 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Roma 1, Catania 0. Mehdi Benatia (Roma) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mattia Destro with a headed pass following a corner.

17:26

Corner, Roma. Conceded by Nicola Legrottaglie.

17:13

Attempt saved. Adem Ljajic (Roma) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Francesco Totti.

16:21

Attempt missed. Lucas Castro (Catania) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Sebastián Leto with a headed pass.

15:57

Attempt blocked. Tiberio Guarente (Catania) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

15:21

Attempt missed. Sebastián Leto (Catania) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left from a direct free kick.

14:17

Foul by Dodô (Roma).

14:17

Pablo Barrientos (Catania) wins a free kick on the right wing.

13:42

Foul by Dodô (Roma).

13:42

Pablo Barrientos (Catania) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

12:17

Dodô (Roma) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:17

Foul by Sebastián Leto (Catania).

9:58

Corner, Roma. Conceded by Alexis Rolín.

8:52

Attempt missed. Tiberio Guarente (Catania) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a set piece situation.

8:11

Foul by Michael Bradley (Roma).

8:11

Pablo Barrientos (Catania) wins a free kick on the left wing.

0:57

Adem Ljajic (Roma) wins a free kick on the left wing.

0:57

Foul by Gino Peruzzi (Catania).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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