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4 vs 0
Played
December 22, 2013 7:30 PM IST
Stadio Olimpico — Roma
Referee:‬ A. Gervasoni‎
Attendance:‬ 40599‎
 
 
 
 
80′ Gervinho
 
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Mehdi Benatia
Mehdi Benatia
AS Roma
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Roma 4-0 Catania: Two-goal Benatia shines in Giallorossi romp

Rudi Garcia's side kept in touch with Juventus at the top of Serie A with a routine win at Stadio Olimpico

By Alec Fenn

Mehdi Benatia Roma Serie A 12222013
AFP
Mehdi Benatia scored twice as Roma ran out 4-0 winners over Catania on Sunday.

The centre-back opened the scoring as early as the 18th minute, as the Giallorossi dominated from start to finish at the Stadio Olimpico.

A Francesco Totti corner found the head of Mattia Destro and his flick-on was headed home by Benatia, who gave goalkeeper Alberto Frizon no chance.

The goal was the cue for a spell of dominance from the home side as they laid siege to the visitors' goal, with Frizon keeping out Destro, Gervinho and Maicon to leave the scoreline at 1-0 at half-time.

But it was only a matter of time before the home side extended their lead and Destro doubled Roma's advantage on 55 minutes with the simplest of goals, after the Catania keeper fumbled a Maicon cross into his path.

With the visitors on the ropes, two goals soon became three, with Benatia heading home his second of the afternoon and his fourth for his new club.

The game was all but over as a contest, but there was still time for Rudi Garcia's charges to round off the scoring with 10 minutes remaining, as Gervinho fired home to extend Roma's unbeaten run in Serie A to 19 games.




AS Roma

26
Morgan De Sanctis
Goalkeeper
3.00
3
Dodô
Defender
3.00
5
Leandro Castán
Defender
3.50
13
Maicon
Defender
4.00
17
Mehdi Benatia
Defender
18′ 59′
4.50
4
Michael Bradley
Midfielder
43′
3.00
15
Miralem Pjanic
Midfielder
81′
3.50
8
Adem Ljajic
Striker
59′ 80′
4.00
10
3.50
22
Mattia Destro
Striker
18′ 55′ 59′
4.00
27
Gervinho
Striker
80′
3.00

Catania

2.50
1
Alberto Frison
Goalkeeper
2.00
2
1.50
5
2.50
6
2.50
22
2.00
8
2.00
11
2.00
13
2.00
-
2.00
19
Lucas Castro
Midfielder
51′ 60′
2.00
28

Substitutes

1
Bogdan Lobonţ
Goalkeeper
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28
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-
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33
Tin Jedvaj
Defender
 - 
35
 - 
46
 - 
-
Marquinho
Midfielder
 - 
11
Rodrigo Taddei
Midfielder
59′
3.00
24
 - 
94
Federico Ricci
Midfielder
87′
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-
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-
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Substitutes

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21
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34
2.50
18
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33
2.50
34
 - 
-
2.50
9
 - 
23
 - 
26
Keko
Striker

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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
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Striker
Torino
19 0
Carlos Tévez Carlos Tévez
Striker
Juventus
18 1
Gonzalo Higuaín Gonzalo Higuaín
Striker
Napoli
17 5
Luca Toni Luca Toni
Striker
Hellas Verona
17 2
Rodrigo Palacio Rodrigo Palacio
Striker
Inter
15 0