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Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009

Morimoto on target in Catania loss

UDINE, Italy (Kyodo) Takayuki Morimoto scored his second goal of the season Sunday but the striker was unable to stop Catania from crashing to a 4-2 defeat away to Udinese in the Italian Serie A.

Morimoto, forced to pull out of Japan's recent friendlies in the Netherlands because of a sore left thigh, rifled Catania in front with a shot that deflected off Maurizio Domizzi before finding the bottom corner on 12 minutes.

However, Antonio Di Natale stole the show with a second-half hat-trick to condemn Catania to its third defeat in a row and give Udinese its first three points of the campaign.

"We lost so I can't really be happy about my goal," said Morimoto. "We can't afford to lose our next game. I really want to win."

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