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Roma 4-0 Catania

Roma's Mehdi Benatia celebrates scoring against Catania

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.

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.

Line-ups

Roma

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 26De Sanctis
  • 13Maicon
  • 3Pires Ribeiro
  • 15PjanicSubstituted forFlorenziat 81'minutes
  • 17Benatia
  • 5Castan da Silva
  • 27Yao Kouassi
  • 4BradleyBooked at 42mins
  • 22DestroSubstituted forTaddeiat 59'minutes
  • 10TottiSubstituted forRicciat 87'minutes
  • 8Ljajic

Substitutes

  • 1Lobont
  • 7de Mattos Filho
  • 11Taddei
  • 24Florenzi
  • 28Skorupski
  • 29Burdisso
  • 33Jedvaj
  • 35Torosidis
  • 46Romagnoli
  • 94Ricci
  • 95Mazzitelli
  • 96Di Mariano

Catania

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Frison
  • 2PeruzziBooked at 32minsSubstituted forBiraghiat 45'minutesBooked at 77mins
  • 22Sebastián Álvarez
  • 17Guarente
  • 6Legrottaglie
  • 5Rolín
  • 13Izco
  • 8Plasil
  • 11LetoSubstituted forMonzónat 67'minutes
  • 28BarrientosBooked at 74mins
  • 19CastroBooked at 51minsSubstituted forBergessioat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Bergessio
  • 18Monzón
  • 20Freire
  • 21Andujar
  • 23Boateng
  • 26Gontán Gallardo
  • 33Capuano
  • 34Biraghi
  • 35Ficara
Referee:
Andrea Gervasoni
Attendance:
40,599

Match Stats

Home TeamRomaAway TeamCatania
Possession
Home67%
Away33%
Shots
Home21
Away10
Shots on Target
Home10
Away1
Corners
Home9
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away19

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Roma 4, Catania 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Roma 4, Catania 0.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Pablo Álvarez (Catania).

  6. Post update

    Corner, Roma. Conceded by Alexis Rolín.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Fabián Monzón (Catania).

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Roma. Federico Ricci replaces Francesco Totti.

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Pablo Álvarez (Catania).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Nicola Legrottaglie (Catania).

  16. Post update

    Corner, Catania. Conceded by Maicon.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Roma. Alessandro Florenzi replaces Miralem Pjanic.

  18. 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.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Booking

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

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 22nd December 2013

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