Italian Serie A
Roma4Catania0

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

  • 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

  • 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

Match ends, Roma 4, Catania 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Roma 4, Catania 0.

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

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

Foul by Pablo Álvarez (Catania).

Corner, Roma. Conceded by Alexis Rolín.

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

Foul by Fabián Monzón (Catania).

Substitution

Substitution, Roma. Federico Ricci replaces Francesco Totti.

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

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

Foul by Pablo Álvarez (Catania).

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

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

Foul by Nicola Legrottaglie (Catania).

Corner, Catania. Conceded by Maicon.

Substitution

Substitution, Roma. Alessandro Florenzi replaces Miralem Pjanic.

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.

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

Booking

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

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

Foul by Cristiano Biraghi (Catania).

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

Foul by Pablo Álvarez (Catania).

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.

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

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

Booking

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

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

Foul by Pablo Barrientos (Catania).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

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

Corner, Roma. Conceded by Nicola Legrottaglie.

Substitution

Substitution, Catania. Fabián Monzón replaces Sebastián Leto.

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

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

Foul by Mehdi Benatia (Roma).

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

Corner, Roma. Conceded by Alexis Rolín.

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

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