SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 36 - 4 May 2014 (14.00 UK)
4 - 1 Roma
Izco 26, 34 (C), Totti 37 (R), Bergessio 56 (C), Barrientos 79 (C)
Stadio Angelo Massimino

Roma handed the Scudetto to Juventus with a 4-1 humiliation at bottom of the table Catania, who could still survive.

The Giallorossi would mathematically hand the Scudetto to Juventus if they failed to win here, while a defeat would doom the Sicilians to Serie B after eight consecutive years in the top flight.

Mattia Destro and Radja Nainggolan were suspended with Rafael Toloi, Kevin Strootman and Federico Balzaretti injured. Mehdi Benatia wasn’t fit to start, so Alessio Romagnoli moved into central defence. Catania were without Mariano Andujar, Sergio Almiron and Giuseppe Bellusci. They were also without most of their fans, who stayed outside the stadium to protest their imminent relegation.

The Elefantini were fired up and Dodo received an early yellow card for taking down Mariano Izco on the counter-attack.

Alessandro Florenzi combined with Miralem Pjanic, but scuffed his finish for Alberto Frison to smother. Romagnoli also nodded a Francesco Totti cross over the bar, while Morgan De Sanctis had to block a Gonzalo Bergessio effort.

Catania seemed considerably more motivated and took the lead on the counter-attack. De Sanctis could do little as Mariano Izco fired in at the near post after a well-worked team move, because the Roma defence was static.

The Giallorossi looked as if they were already on vacation, as Catania doubled their advantage. A cross was flicked on by Gonzalo Bergessio for Izco, who fired across De Sanctis from a tight angle down the right side of the box.

Roma were shaken into life by their captain, who got a goal back. Florenzi nodded down a Daniele De Rossi chipped pass for Totti’s half-volley from the penalty spot.

Rudi Garcia then threw on Gervinho for Rodrigo Taddei in a more attacking line-up. The Ivorian almost scored, but tried to chip Frison and the goalkeeper made himself big at the near stick to charge it down.

Catania extended their advantage to 3-1 after the restart, as De Sanctis did very well to beat away a Sebastian Leto strike, but could do nothing on Gonzalo Bergessio’s follow-up.

A powerful Michel Bastos snapshot from distance was parried by Frison, while Gyomber’s header from a corner bounced off the ground to go over the bar.

Catania got their fourth late on, as Pablo Barrientos unleashed a rocket from the edge of the box that flew across De Sanctis, but he was under no pressure from the Roma defence whatsoever.


: Frison; Monzon, Gyomber, Rolin, Peruzzi; Rinaudo (Lodi 87), Izco, Castro (Biraghi 82); Barrientos, Bergessio, Leto (Plasil 65)
Roma: De Sanctis; Maicon, Romagnoli, Castan (Benatia 57), Dodò; Pjanic, De Rossi, Taddei (Gervinho 38); Florenzi, Totti, Ljajic (Bastos 57)
Ref: Banti