Lazio avenges cup defeat by beating Atalanta 3-1 in league

MILAN (AP) — Lazio avenged its Italian Cup defeat by winning 3-1 at Atalanta in Serie A on Sunday.

Adam Marušić, Joaquín Correa and substitute Vedat Muriqi scored for Lazio. Atalanta had threatened a comeback when Mario Pašalić briefly made it 2-1.

Lazio moved a point above Atalanta into sixth place. It is level on points with fifth-place Napoli, which beat relegation-threatened Parma 2-0. Roma moved third with a 3-1 win over Hellas Verona.

It was the second time in a week that Lazio had traveled to Bergamo, following Atalanta’s 3-2 victory on Wednesday in the cup quarterfinals.

Marušić got Lazio off to a perfect start when he curled in a swerving strike in the third minute.

Atalanta goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini managed to tip Sergej Milinković-Savić’s header onto the post but Lazio doubled its lead six minutes into the second half.

Ciro Immobile flicked on a long ball for Correa to spring the offside trap, round Gollini and deposit into an empty net.

Later, Immobile thought he got on the scoresheet himself but his goal was ruled out for offside.

Atalanta got back into the match 11 minutes from time following a moment of magic by Luis Muriel, whose shot came off the right post but Pašalić was there to tap in the rebound.

However, Muriqi restored Lazio’s two-goal advantage three minutes later, firing into an empty net after being unselfishly set up by Andreas Pereira.

RAMPANT ROMA

Roma took firm control of the match with three goals in nine minutes.

Gianluca Mancini headed Roma in front in the 20th and Henrikh Mkhitaryan doubled the lead two minutes later. Borja Mayoral had set up that goal and he got the third in the 29th.

Ebrima Colley netted a consolation for Verona in the 62nd.

Verona beat Roma 3-0 by default earlier in the season after the capital side fielded an ineligible player.

CLINICAL NAPOLI

Napoli could have scored more as it dominated Parma.

Eljif Elmas broke the deadlock in the 32nd with a delightful solo effort, skipping past several Parma players before slotting past Luigi Sepe.

Substitute Matteo Politano sealed the match eight minutes from time when his effort was deflected in by Yordan Osorio.

Napoli also hit the post twice late on through Tiémoué Bakayoko and Lorenzo Insigne.

Parma remained two points from safety.

GENOA REVIVAL

Genoa’s revival continued as it won 3-0 at bottom club Crotone to inch further away from the relegation zone.

Mattia Destro scored twice and Lennart Czyborra netted Genoa’s second.

Genoa has now lost only one of its past seven league matches, winning three of its past four to move six points above the drop zone. Crotone is three points from safety.

Spezia is just three points above the relegation zone after losing 1-0 at home to Udinese. Cagliari came close to moving out of the bottom three but a late equalizer saw it held 1-1 by Sassuolo.

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