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Roma moves 5 points behind Juventus with 3-1 win

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 6, 2014 at 4:54 pm •  Published: April 6, 2014

MILAN (AP) — Roma moved within five points of Serie A leader Juventus as Mattia Destro scored his first hat trick in a 3-1 win at Cagliari on Sunday.

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-threatened Livorno on Monday.

"A club which makes its mark on history is one which wins titles," Roma coach Rudi Garcia said. "The race for first place is not over yet, but it doesn't depend on us. ... The only thing we have in our hands is second spot, and we will try to keep that position until the end of the season."

Fiorentina maintained its charge to a Europa League spot with a 2-1 win over Udinese, while Parma also remained on course after turning around a poor run of form to beat third-place Napoli 1-0.

It moved level on points with Inter, with the two sides occupying the final Europa League places.

"I'm happy for the lads who had a great game, full of suffering and sacrifice, given that we also had important players out," Parma coach Roberto Donadoni said. "When we play like this we manage to get results, now we'll look forward and I think that with certain players coming back we can have our say."

Lazio is two points behind after a comfortable 2-0 win over Sampdoria, while Atalanta lost momentum with a 2-0 loss at home to lowly Sassuolo.

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 Catania, his 18th of the season.

Catania later sacked coach Rolando Maran for the second time this season.

Destro scored his first goal shortly after the half hour, firing home Gervinho's cross from close range after he had started the move.

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 Benatia

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