Italian League — Serie ASunday, March 23, 2014
Roma breezes past Chievo to stay second
ROME — First-half goals by Gervinho and Mattia Destro helped AS Roma strengthen its grip on second place with a 2-0 win at Chievo Verona in Serie A yesterday.
Ivorian attacker Gervinho slid home the opener in the 17th minute after a defensive mix-up.
Destro doubled the lead with his eighth league goal of the season three minutes before the break as Rudi García’s side moved up to 64 points, six clear of third-placed Napoli which hosts Fiorentina today.
Despite a more spirited display by Chievo in the second half it was such a comfortable night for Roma that García could take off 37-year-old captain and talisman Francesco Totti, whose form has led to talk of a World Cup place in Brazil in June, with half an hour left.
Roma is 11 points behind leader Juventus which is clear favourite to win at rock-bottom Catania today.
In Milan, Ciro Immobile netted a hat-trick to help Torino beat relegation-threatened Livorno 3-1 and make him Serie A’s top scorer.
Immobile scored his first in the 25th minute, heading in Cesare Bovo’s free kick, and the second on the hour mark after Francesco Bardi proved staunch in the Livorno goal. Immobile mishit Omar El Kaddouri’s pass but the ball’s bounce deceived Bardi.
The forward, co-owned by Juventus, completed his first Serie A hat trick seven minutes later with a great shot from distance for his 16th goal of the season.
Immobile was given a standing ovation when he was substituted with 13 minutes remaining. He’s a contender for Italy’s World Cup squad. Luca Siligardi volleyed home a consolation for Livorno in the final minute.
Torino reignited its European hopes as it ended a run of four consecutive defeats, although it was provisionally seven points behind sixth spot.
Livorno remained a point above the relegation zone, ahead of the rest of the weekend’s matches.
Chievo is fifth from bottom, level on 24 points with Livorno.
Livorno and Chievo are one point above the drop zone. Third from bottom Bologna takes on Cagliari today.