CATANIA BACK ON WINNING TRAIL
Catania boosted their hopes of clinching Europa League football next season with an impressive 2-0 victory over Atalanta.
Alejandro Gomez set the hosts on their way with the opening goal after half an hour and Felipe Seymour made sure of the points five minutes from time.
The win marked a return to winning ways for Vincenzo Montella's side, who had lost some ground in recent weeks after a fine campaign, and lifted them within four points of fifth-placed Roma.
Both sides struggled to find their rhythm in the opening stages, with long-range attempts from Atalanta's Maximiliano Moralez and Catania's Davide Lanzafame - both off target - the best either side could muster early on.
The breakthrough arrived in the 30th minute, though, when Gomez latched onto Francesco Lodis pass and fired a right-footed shot from the edge of the box into the top-right corner.
Manolo Gabbiadini tried to respond for the visitors but his speculative left-footed blast never looked likely to test Catania goalkeeper Pedro Terracciano.
In fact it was the hosts who went closest to adding to the scoresheet before the break, Nicola Legrottaglie's header from Lodi's free-kick kept out by the post.
Atalanta goalkeeper Andrea Consigli had to be alert to keep his side in the game 12 minute after the restart, saving well from Gonzalo Bergessio's left-footed drive.
The best the visitors offered as an attacking force failed to unduly worry Terracciano - Giacomo Bonaventura's shot blocked, Moralez and Federico Pelusi lashing high over the bar and substitute Simone Tiribocchi sending his attempt well wide.
Bergessio and Gomez both saw shots fly just wide for Catania in the final quarter-hour before the hosts sealed the victory, Seymour despatching a left-footed shot into the bottom-left corner after good work from substitute Andrea Catellani.
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