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MILAN---Roma moved within
five points of Serie A leader
Juventus as Mattia Destro scored
his first-ever hat-trick in a 3-1
win at Cagliari yesterday.
Destro reinforced his case for a
place in Italy s World Cup squad
as well as bolstering Roma s title
hopes ahead of Juventus home
match against relegation-threat-
ened Livorno today.
Fiorentina maintained its charge
to a Europa League spot with a 2-
1 win over Udinese, while Torino
reignited its European hopes as
Ciro Immobile moved back to the
top of the goalscoring table with
the winner in a 2-1 victory at Cata-
Torino is three points behind
Lazio, which eased to a 2-0 win
over Sampdoria, and one behind
Atalanta, which fell to a 2-0 loss
at home to lowly Sassuolo.
Parma hosts Napoli later, looking
to move level with fifth-placed
Destro scored his first goal
shortly after the half hour, firing
home Gervinho s cross from close
range after he had started the
The 23-year-old Destro doubled
his tally 15 minutes into the second
half, beating the offside trap to run
onto a ball from on-loan Cagliari
midfielder Radja Nainggolan and
slot past Vlada Avramov.
Destro completed his hat-trick
in the 73rd, tapping in Alesandro
Florenzi s cross.
Mauricio Pinilla netted a late
consolation from the spot after he
had been tripped by Mehdi Bena-
tiaIt was Roma s first win at
Cagliari since 1995, excluding the
3-0 victory it was awarded last
season when the Serie A game was
postponed for safety reasons after
Cagliari defied orders to play in
an empty stadium.
In Florence, Juan Cuadrado
scored and earned a penalty against
his former club.
Cuadrado opened the scoring in
the 25th minute with a long-range
effort which was deflected by Udi-
nese defender Danilo past goal-
keeper Simone Scuffet.
Danilo s luck got worse as a soft
penalty was awarded against him
for a nudge on Cuadrado, and
Gonzalo Rodriguez converted.
Bruno Fernandes got Udinese
back into the match eight minutes
from time with a cross-shot which
flew into the top corner.
Cuadrado should have sealed
the result but his effort crashed
off the crossbar.
Atalanta lost ground in the chase
for a Europa League spot as it saw
its club record run of six successive
wins end following a double from
Sassuolo moved three points
from safety, while Atalanta was
leapfrogged by Lazio.
Antonio Candreva gave Lazio
the lead three minutes from half-
time when he slotted home from
close range after impressive work
down the right flank from teenage
forward Keita Balde.
Lucas Biglia was dismissed fol-
lowing a second booking shortly
before the hour mark but Lazio
doubled its advantage in the 73rd
minute when Senad Lulic smashed
Stefano Mauri s pullback under
At bottom club Catania, the
home side needed less than two
minutes to go in front through
However, Alexander Farnerud
eventually levelled 11 minutes from
time, before Immobile scored his
18th goal of the season. (AP)
schweig grabbed a lifeline in its
fight against Bundesliga relega-
tion with a 3-0 win over rival
Hannover in the Lower Saxony
"They were three very important
points from a game of high emo-
tions," Braunschweig coach
Thorsten Lieberknecht said.
"We ve shown that we want to
hang on like limpets (in the Bun-
Domi Kumbela got the home
side off to a good start in the 14th,
scoring after Hannover goalkeeper
Ron-Robert Zieler could only parry
Ken Reichel s cross to his feet.
Havard Nielsen made it 2-0
with a fine finish inside the far
post in the 21st, and Hannover s
fate was effectively sealed when
Andre Hoffmann was sent off for
kicking Mirko Boland from behind
in the 62nd.
Hannover supporters responded
by calling for the club s manage-
ment to step down.
Hannover president Martin Kind
had already described his side s
performance as "unacceptable"
during the halftime break.
Jan Hochscheidt completed an
afternoon to forget for the visiting
fans by scoring in the 89th, after
Orhan Ademi eluded two defenders
and Karim Bellarabi laid the ball
Braunschweig is still bottom but
within touching distance of
Nuremberg, Hamburger SV and
Stuttgart with five games of the
"We ve simply found our way,"
Lieberknecht said after his side s
fifth consecutive home game with-
out defeat. "We re last, we ve made
up a bit on the others, but nothing
Hannover is just two points clear
of Stuttgart after four consecutive
defeats with the club s manage-
ment under pressure following the
decision to release Mirko Slomka
as coach in December.
Slomka returns with current
club Hamburg next week.
Hertha Berlin and Hoffenheim
drew 1-1 in the German capital.
Bundesliga champion Bayern
Munich s record 53-game unbeaten
run ended in a 1-0 loss at Augsburg
on Saturday, when second-placed
Borussia Dortmund came from
behind to defeat Wolfsburg 2-1.
Roma moves closer to
Juventus with 3-1 win
Lifeline for Bundesliga's Braunschweig
Roma's Mattia Destro celebrates after scoring during a Serie A soccer
match between Cagliari and Roma in Cagliari, Italy, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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