Roma edge thriller to stay in hunt for Europe

MILAN - Christian Panucci's stoppage-time header helped sixth-placed AS Roma move closer to a spot in the Europa League with a 4-3 home win over Catania on Saturday. Last season's Serie A runners-up went five points clear of nearest rivals Palermo, who have three games left to try to catch them. Lazio won the Italian Cup on Wednesday to snap up one of Italy's three berths in the new version of the UEFA Cup with fifth and sixth in the league taking the other two. Genoa in fifth are four above Luciano Spalletti's Roma side. Roma, who said on Friday that a Swiss company had shown interest in a takeover, were 3-1 up at halftime through Simone Perrotta's double but Catania stormed back only for Panucci to nod in a free kick.