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Gervinho scores, sets one up as Roma tops Verona

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The Canadian Press
1/26/2014 11:51:33 AM
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ROME -- Ivory Coast forward Gervinho set up one goal and scored another as Roma moved within six points of Serie A leader Juventus with a 3-1 victory at Hellas Verona on Sunday.

Gervinho provided the cross for Adem Ljajic's goal in the 45th minute then scored himself on the hour mark after Iceland international Emil Hallfredsson had equalized in the 49th.

Roma's 37-year-old captain Francesco Totti added a penalty in the 82nd.

"Winning 3-1 away against a Verona squad that is having a solid season is a good result," Roma coach Rudi Garcia said. "Especially after the draws by Juve and Napoli."

Gianluigi Buffon was sent off and Juventus was held to a 1-1 draw at Lazio on Saturday, ending the two-time defending champion's 12-match winning streak.

Also on Saturday, Napoli drew 1-1 at home with Chievo Verona.

Elsewhere Sunday, AC Milan came back with two late goals for a 2-1 win at Cagliari and Inter Milan was whistled off the San Siro pitch after being held to a 0-0 draw by Catania.

Inter remained fifth. Milan, which recently replaced Massimiliano Allegri with Clarence Seedorf as manager, moved up to a tie for ninth with Lazio.

After Marco Sau had put Cagliari ahead in the 28th, Mario Balotelli equalized with a free kick in the 87th and substitute Giampaolo Pazzini scored the winner with a header in the 89th.

"This was a very important goal for me and for the squad," said Pazzini, who has been slowed by injuries for most of the last year. "We are a squad that can do much better. Seedorf is definitely someone with a lot of experience and charisma and he transmits a lot of serenity."

In the late match, Alberto Aquilani scored a hat trick for fourth-place Fiorentina in a 3-3 draw with Genoa. Alberto Gilardino, Luca Antonini and Sebastian De Maio got the goals for Genoa.

In other matches, it was: Livorno 3, Sassuolo 1; Parma 1, Udinese 0; Sampdoria 1, Bologna 1; and Torino 1, Atalanta 0.

Gervinho (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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