Atalanta squanders 3-0 lead against Lazio, misses chance to go top

Seemingly heading top of Serie A at the start of a big week, Atalanta collapsed from 3-0 up at Lazio on Saturday, with Ciro Immobile scoring a brace.

Lazio forward Ciro Immobile in action against Atalanta.   -  Getty Images

Atalanta collapsed from 3-0 up to draw at Lazio on Saturday, missing the chance to move to the top of the Serie A table.

Gian Piero Gasperini's side has made a superb start to the domestic season, despite suffering consecutive defeats to begin its debut Champions League campaign.

The Bergamo outfit could have climbed to the Serie A summit with victory in Rome - at least until champion Juventus played later on Saturday - and was cruising at half-time.

Atalanta, which faces Manchester City away on Tuesday, led as Luis Muriel scored twice in quick succession midway through the first half.

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Captain Alejandro Gomez then stretched its advantage further heading into the break.

But the visitor fell apart in quite spectacular fashion, with its lead cut thanks to two goals in two minutes from Ciro Immobile and Joaquin Correa.

Atalanta still looked to have held on until Immobile, who won and dispatched a penalty for his first, again went down in the area and converted from the spot in the 92nd minute.

The Italy striker then comically failed in his attempts to take his shirt off in celebration, falling over but still earning a yellow card.

The moment of hilarity was of little comfort to Atalanta ahead of a daunting European trip to the Etihad Stadium.

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