HT: Atalanta annihilate Lazio | Football Italia
Atalanta have completely and utterly dominated Lazio, leading 3-0 at half-time in Rome with Papu Gomez and a Luis Muriel brace.
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This was a head-to-head for European places, with the Bergamo boys winning both home and away last season, but losing the Coppa Italia Final here 2-0 in May. Marco Parolo replaced suspended Lucas Leiva, while Manuel Lazzari pulled out in the warm-up, so Adam Marusic stepped in. Duvan Zapata picked up an injury on international duty and made way for fellow Colombian Luis Muriel.
Ruslan Malinovskyi blasted just over, while Sergej Milinkovic-Savic's effort was deflected for a corner after dribbling past four players.
A great passing move from Atalanta should've ended in a goal, but Mario Pasalic scuffed his finish from five yards, allowing Strakosha a desperate parry with his foot. Moments later, Muriel sprung the offside trap to drill wide, as it was a total domination from the visitors.
They broke the deadlock in trademark style, as Pasalic's back-heel flick sent Robin Gosens forward from midfield, his slide-rule pass found Muriel to curl right-footed into the far bottom corner from 14 yards.
Muriel fired another off target and Lazio were on the ropes, as the Colombian's left-footed free kick flew past everyone for 2-0, helped by Andrea Masiello's attempted - and failed - flick at the near post, putting Strakosha off.
Papu Gomez blasted wide and Strakosha got down for a one-handed save on Malinovskyi's free kick, but the third goal was Lazio's afternoon in a nutshell. Luis Alberto had no passing options, it was intercepted and Muriel's dummy let Gomez go clear to beat Strakosha one-on-one.
Lazio 0-3 Atalanta (Half-Time)
Muriel 23, 28 (A), Gomez 37 (A)
Lazio: Strakosha; Luiz Felipe, Acerbi, Radu; Marusic, Milinkovic-Savic, Parolo, Luis Alberto, Lulic; Correa, Immobile
Atalanta: Gollini; Toloi, Palomino, Masiello; Hateboer, Freuler, Pasalic, Gosens; Malinovskyi; Gomez, Muriel
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