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Roma keep European push on track

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First half goals by Gervinho and Mattia Destro gave Roma a 2-0 win against struggling Chievo to keep their push for an automatic Champions League spot on track in the Serie A on Saturday.

Roma opened up a six-point lead on third-placed Napoli, who host Fiorentina on Sunday, but are 11 points behind leaders Juventus who travel to Catania in Sicily.

Roma's hopes of ending their 13-year wait for the scudetto have taken a knock recently.

With Juve showing little sign of slipping on the road to a third consecutive title, Roma are also under pressure from Napoli in the fight to secure the runners-up spot and an automatic Champions League qualifying place.

Gervinho opened the scoring after 17 minutes when he picked up Bostjan Cesar's pass and Destro added a second three minutes before the break.

Ivorian Gervinho could have scored a second only for a last-gasp save from goalkeeper Michael Agazzi on the line two minutes from time.

Earlier Ciro Immobile netted a hat-trick to put himself top of the Serie A goalscorer standings with 16 goals in a 3-0 win against struggling Livorno.

The Italian striker overtook Juventus' Argentinian striker Carlos Tevez, to end a series of four straight defeats by his side, who move up to ninth.

Immobile, 24, headed the hosts ahead after 25 minutes off a free-kick as the visiting Tuscans found it hard to contain their northern rivals.

His second came on the hour mark, and seven minutes later had got a third past Francesco Bardi in the Livorno goal.

Livorno grabbed a late consolation goal from substitute Luca Siligardi to sit just one point above the drop zone.

First half goals by Gervinho and Mattia Destro gave Roma a 2-0 win against struggling Chievo to keep their push for an automatic Champions League spot on track in the Serie A on Saturday.

Roma opened up a six-point lead on third-placed Napoli, who host Fiorentina on Sunday, but are 11 points behind leaders Juventus who travel to Catania in Sicily.

Roma’s hopes of ending their 13-year wait for the scudetto have taken a knock recently.

With Juve showing little sign of slipping on the road to a third consecutive title, Roma are also under pressure from Napoli in the fight to secure the runners-up spot and an automatic Champions League qualifying place.

Gervinho opened the scoring after 17 minutes when he picked up Bostjan Cesar’s pass and Destro added a second three minutes before the break.

Ivorian Gervinho could have scored a second only for a last-gasp save from goalkeeper Michael Agazzi on the line two minutes from time.

Earlier Ciro Immobile netted a hat-trick to put himself top of the Serie A goalscorer standings with 16 goals in a 3-0 win against struggling Livorno.

The Italian striker overtook Juventus’ Argentinian striker Carlos Tevez, to end a series of four straight defeats by his side, who move up to ninth.

Immobile, 24, headed the hosts ahead after 25 minutes off a free-kick as the visiting Tuscans found it hard to contain their northern rivals.

His second came on the hour mark, and seven minutes later had got a third past Francesco Bardi in the Livorno goal.

Livorno grabbed a late consolation goal from substitute Luca Siligardi to sit just one point above the drop zone.

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