Soccer-Imperious Juventus close year five points clear

(Adds quotes) By Terry Daley ROME, Dec 22 (Reuters) - Juventus will end 2013 five points clear at the top of Serie A after a 4-1 victory at Atalanta stretched their winning league run to nine games on Sunday. AS Roma remain their closest pursuers as they closed their year with a 4-0 crushing of bottom club Catania with two goals coming from defender Mehdi Benatia. Carlos Tevez's 11th league goal of the season after six minutes and goals from Paul Pogba, Fernando Llorente and Arturo Vidal tightened Antonio Conte's side's grip on top spot with 46 points from 17 games. Roma, still unbeaten, have 41 points after they dispatched the Sicilians with goals also coming from Mattia Destro, his third in as many games, and Gervinho.

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