Toni helps Verona beat Catania 4-0 in Serie A

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 27, 2014 at 3:52 pm •  Published: April 27, 2014

MILAN (AP) — Luca Toni scored again to help Hellas Verona thrash relegation-threatened Catania 4-0 in Serie A on Sunday to boost its European chances as Parma lost 1-0 at Cagliari.

Verona remained level on points with Torino and Lazio in the race for sixth place and the final Europa League spot.

Torino beat Udinese 2-0 while Lazio won by the same scoreline at relegation-threatened Livorno. The results saw Torino, Lazio and Verona move a point above AC Milan and Parma.

Also, 10-man Sampdoria fought back to beat Chievo Verona 2-1 and Genoa drew 1-1 at Atalanta.

Verona got off to the perfect start when Catania goalkeeper Alberto Frison palmed away Juan Iturbe's shot and Toni fired in the rebound in the sixth minute.

Toni thought he had doubled his tally in the 28th when he headed home for what would have been his 20th goal of the season. However, the Italian league later re-awarded it as an own goal to Frison after watching video evidence which showed the effort had rebounded off the post and in off the goalkeeper.

Marquinho extended Verona's lead on the stroke of halftime with a low drive following Juanito's pass.

Juanito saw a shot turned onto the post by Frison moments later, but the Argentinian did get onto the scoresheet in the 75th with a curled effort into the far corner.

Toni, who was furious at being substituted, was briefly joint top league scorer before Ciro Immobile scored his 21st goal of the season for Torino.

Omar El Kaddouri had given Torino the lead in the 15th when he weaved his way into the left of the area before firing into the near side of goal.

Immobile continued his astonishing run in the 56th, with a side-foot finish into the bottom right corner.

Parma was looking to get back on track after just one win in its past seven matches.

But it was Cagliari which broke the deadlock in the 35th minute after Alessandro Lucarelli took down Daniele Dessena, right in front of the referee who pointed straight to the penalty spot.

Mauricio Pinilla converted, sending Parma goalkeeper Antonio Mirante the wrong way.

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