Serie A round-up
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Roma hit a magnificent seven as Luciano Spalletti's side walloped nine-man Catania.
Roma hit a magnificent seven as Luciano Spalletti's side walloped nine-man Catania at Stadio Olimpico.
Christian Panucci got the ball rolling for the hosts in the 12th minute, and the visitors caved in just three minutes later when Giuseppe Mascara got his marching orders for violent conduct.
Alessandro Mancini doubled his side's lead in the 19th minute and a brace from Simone Perrotta (24 & 40) saw the visitors trailing by four goals at the interval.
Panucci got his second goal of the game too two minutes after the interval, before strikers Vincenzo Montella (59) and Francesco Totti (70) got in on the act.
Catania's misery was complete when Davide Baiocco received his team's second red card for a second bookable offence a minute from time.
The Giallorossi continue to breathe down the necks of leaders Internazionale, who earned their ninth win of the season against Reggina - courtesy of Hernan Crespo's fourth minute strike.
Chievo Verona appeared to be on their way to a first victory of the season at the 12th attempt, but were pegged back by Atalanta.
The hosts claimed a two-goal lead through Andrea Zanchetta (24) and Sergio Pellissier (56) and were odds on to record a much-needed win.
But two goals in two minutes just after the 70 minute mark drew the visitors level - Riccardo Zampagna (71) and Simone Loria (73) broke the home supporters' hearts.
Livorno are fourth following a comprehensive 3-0 win over ten-man Parma. Marc Pfertzel scored first in the 26th minute and Igor Budan's 51st minute dismissal for foul and abusive language, coupled with Damiano Ferronetti's own goal (71) broke the visitors' resistance.
Free-scoring striker Cristiano Lucarelli rounded off the victory eight minutes from time.
Udinese were also victors by three goals following victory over Siena.
Gyan Asamoah scored first for the hosts in the 19th minute and a penalty from Vincenzo Iaquinta (44) and another goal from the same player ten minutes from time completed the win.
Fiorentina missed the opportunity to climb out of the relegation zone after conceding a late goal to fourth-from-bottom Ascoli.
Luca Toni gave the Viola a 1-0 lead a minute after the interval, but Sasa Bjelanovic rescued Ascoli six minutes from time.
Lazio are up into 10th following a 4-1 win over Messina. Stefano Mauri struck first for the visitors in the 10th minute but Christian Rigano's penalty shortly before the hour levelled up affairs.
Parity lasted just two minutes as Goran Pandev shot Lazio into a 2-1 lead and the win was confirmed late on by Mauri (82) again and Stephen Makinwa (84).
In the day's late game, Alessandro Rosina scored a penalty after 80 minutes to secure a 1-0 win for Torino over Sampdoria.
Click below for a match summary:
Ascoli 1-1 Fiorentina
Chievo Verona 2-2 Atalanta
Internazionale 1-0 Reggina
Livorno 3-0 Parma
Messina 1-4 Lazio
Roma 7-0 Catania
Udinese 3-0 Siena
Torino 1-0 Sampdoria