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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.

Parma's hopes of getting back into the game evaporated early in the second half following a moment of madness from Felipe, who was sent off for pushing Luca Rossettini in the face. The Brazilian had to be dragged away by Pinilla and faces a lengthy ban.

Both teams needed points in Livorno, with the home side desperate to avoid relegation and Lazio chasing a Europa League spot.

Livorno gifted Lazio the lead in the 15th minute as goalkeeper Francesco allowed Stefano Mauri's angled volley to squirm between him and the near post.

Lazio doubled its lead six minutes after the break when Antonio Candreva scored a penalty after Leandro Rinaudo was harshly adjudged to have handled. The Italy winger didn't celebrate against his former team.

Livorno remained in penultimate position in the standings, three points off safety.

Chievo remained two points off the drop after 10-man Sampdoria's comeback.

The visitors thought they were on course for all three points after Sampdoria defender Shkodran Mustafi was sent off for tugging down Victor Obinna in the area and Cyril Thereau fired the penalty into the bottom left corner, past the outstretched hand of Vincenzo Fiorillo.

But despite the numerical disadvantage, Sampdoria snatched victory with a stoppage-time winner from Roberto Soriano after Eder had leveled.

In the evening match, Paolo De Ceglie's first goal in more than two years appeared to be enough to secure victory for Genoa and snap a four-match losing streak.

Genoa managed to last most of the second half with 10 men after Daniele Portanova was sent off five minutes after the break for a foul on German Denis. Mattia Perin saved the resulting penalty.

However, Atalanta's pressure finally paid off eight minutes from time. Perin pulled off a stunning save to deny Guglielmo Stendardo but Giuseppe De Luca — who was clearly offside — put the rebound into the empty net with an overhead kick.


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