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Immobile's hat trick helps Torino beat Livorno 3-1

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 22, 2014 at 5:45 pm •  Published: March 22, 2014

MILAN (AP) — Ciro Immobile netted a hat trick to help Torino beat relegation-threatened Livorno 3-1 and make him Serie A's top scorer on Saturday.

Meanwhile, second-place Roma eased to a 2-0 win at struggling Chievo Verona. Roma was 11 points behind leader Juventus and six ahead of third-place Napoli.

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 coach Cesare Prandelli's World Cup squad.

"I'm proud and happy with this hat trick, I didn't even do it at Pescara and I'm taking the match ball home," Immobile said. "Prandelli knows me, he knows how I work and if he calls me up I'll be ready."

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