Atalanta draws 1-1 at Roma to remain third in Serie A

Atalanta extends its unbeaten streak to six matches; Napoli beats visiting Lazio 5-2 to move to within two points of Champions League.

Roma's Bryan Cristante (centre) celebrates after scoring his side's first goal in the contest against Roma. - AP

Ten-man Atalanta wasted a chance to move into second place in Serie A with a 1-1 draw at Europa League semifinalist Roma on Thursday.

MATCH CENTRE

Still, Atalanta extended its unbeaten streak to six matches.

Also, Napoli beat visiting Lazio 5-2 to move to within two points of the Champions League places.

Former Atalanta midfielder Bryan Cristante equalised with a long-range shot midway through the second half — shortly after Atalanta fullback Robin Gosens picked up his second yellow card. Ruslan Malinovskyi had given Atalanta an early lead.

Third-place Atalanta remained one point behind second-place AC Milan and moved level on points with fourth-place Juventus, which it beat last weekend.

Roma also finished with 10 men when Roger Ibañez picked up his second yellow in the final seconds of stoppage time.

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Atalanta has qualified for the Champions League the past two seasons, reaching the quarterfinals and the round of 16. The success of the small Bergamo-based club has been cited as one of the reasons why the failed Super League proposal wouldn't have been fair.

“Atalanta represent the antithesis to the Super League,” Atalanta general manager Umberto Marino said. “Football is about dreams, about earning your results.”

Roma, which faces Manchester United in the Europa League semifinals, remained seventh.

INSIGNE DOUBLE

At the Diego Maradona stadium, Italy forward Lorenzo Insigne scored twice and Matteo Politano, Dries Mertens and Victor Osimhen also found the target for Napoli, which extended its unbeaten run to nine games. Ciro Immobile and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic scored late for sixth-place Lazio, which ended its run of five straight wins.

Mertens' drew level with Antonio Vojak for most goals by a Napoli player in Serie A — with 102.

ALL RESULTS

1. Roma 1-1 Atalanta

2. Napoli 5-2 Lazio

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