Atalanta back up to second after thrashing of Parma

The team from Bergamo took the lead in the 12th minute through Ruslan Malinovskiy, with substitute Matteo Pessina sweeping home the second seven minutes after the break.

Atalanta's Luis Muriel celebrates after he scored his side's fourth goal during a Serie A match against Parma on Sunday.   -  AP

Atalanta's fantastic season continued as it comprehensively beat already-relegated Parma 5-2 on Sunday to move back up to second in the Serie A standings.

The team from Bergamo took the lead in the 12th minute through Ruslan Malinovskiy, with substitute Matteo Pessina sweeping home the second seven minutes after the break.

Luis Muriel took his Serie A tally to 21 goals for the season with two more for the league's top goalscorers, either side of a Juan Brunetta goal for the hosts, with Simon Sohm adding another for Parma late on.

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There was still time for Aleksey Miranchuk's stoppage-time fifth as Atalanta climbed back above Napoli into second on 72 points, two clear of Gennaro Gattuso's side, and three ahead of Juventus and AC Milan ahead of the pair's clash later on Sunday.

Elsewhere in Serie A on Sunday, Cagliari emerged victorious from a huge relegation clash at Benevento, winning 3-1 to climb to 16th, four points clear of its opponents who is still very much in the relegation mire in 18th.

Torino in 15th also boosted its survival bid by earning a 1-1 draw at Hellas Verona to pull four clear of the bottom three, while Sassuolo won 2-1 at Genoa.

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