Napoli beats Atalanta 3-1 to go top of Serie A

Rome, Lorenzo Insigne scored one and set up another to help Napoli win at Atalanta 3-1 and move level with AC Milan at the top of Serie A on Sunday, said AP

Insigne, who is leaving Napoli at the end of the season after 15 years to join Toronto FC in Major League Soccer, converted a penalty and provided the assist for Matteo Politano to give them a comfortable halftime lead.

Marten de Roon got Atalanta back into the match in the 58th minute but Eljif Elmas sealed the result nine minutes from time.

Napoli is below Milan on head-to-head record. Milan hosts Bologna on Monday.

Fourth-placed Juventus could move above defending champion Inter Milan with a victory in the eagerly anticipated Derby d’Italia later.

Atalanta had the better of the early play in Bergamo but Napoli took the lead in the 14th minute after home goalkeeper Juan Musso tripped Dries Mertens and Insigne fired in a powerful spot kick.

It was his first goal against Atalanta and he provided the second, too, from a free kick which Politano volleyed in.

De Roon headed in Aleksej Miranchuk’s cross to reduce the deficit in the second half and Atalanta laid siege to the Napoli goal but was caught out on the counterattack. Hirving Lozano ran onto a fantastic ball from Kalidou Koulibaly and rolled it across for Elmas to slot in and secure the points.

Atalanta’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League for a fourth straight season appear to be all but over as it slipped eight points behind Juventus.

José Mourinho’s Roma moved to within five points of the top four after winning at struggling Sampdoria 1-0.

Beto bagged a hat trick to help Udinese recover to beat Cagliari 5-1 in a relegation fight.

Udinese moved 11 points above the relegation zone. Cagliari, whose midfielder Alberto Grassi was sent off, remained three points above the drop.

Fiorentina beat 10-man Empoli 1-0, with Nicolás González heading in a free kick seconds after Sebastiano Luperto was sent off following a second yellow card.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

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