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Lazio controversially tops Atalanta to win seventh Coppa Italia

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The latest name to grace the Coppa Italia is Lazio.

Late goals from Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Joaquin Correa lifted the Roman side to a 2-0 defeat of Atalanta in the Italian Cup Final.

It’s Lazio’s 7th Coppa Italia, tied for third with Inter Milan. Juventus won the previous four to give it 13 all-time, while Roma’s nine are good for second.

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Atalanta boss Gian Piero Gasperini was furious with officials for not consulting VAR after ex-Middlesbrough defender Marten De Roon‘s shot hit the hand of Lazio defender Bastos in the box. From the BBC:

“Are we meant to only use VAR when it’s handy? It was a penalty and a red card,” Gasperini said. “This is a scandal. Tell me why it happened? Give me some justification.”

The match was a sub-story in some areas, as fans lit a police car on fire as part of several clashes with authorities.

Atalanta up to third in Serie A after beating Genoa

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MILAN (AP) Atalanta kept alive its dream of qualifying for the Champions League for the first time by beating relegation-threatened Genoa 2-1 in Serie A on Saturday.

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Halftime substitute Musa Barrow scored seconds after the interval and Timothy Castagne doubled Atalanta’s lead in the 53rd minute as the team stretched its unbeaten streak to 11 matches and moved to third in Serie A.

Goran Pandev netted a consolation for Genoa a minute from time.

Atalanta moved two points above fourth-placed Inter Milan, which hosts already-relegated Chievo Verona on Monday.

The top four from Serie A qualify for the Champions League. AC Milan and Roma are four points below Inter.

Milan visits Fiorentina later, while Roma hosts Italian champion Juventus on Sunday. There are two rounds remaining after this weekend.

Genoa remained four points above the relegation zone.

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Atalanta takes 47 shots, including 17 on target, but fails to score in Serie A match

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In case you were watching the Premier League action this afternoon, there was some history made in Serie A.

In a match between Atalanta and Empoli on Monday, Atalanta had an incredible 47 shots, including 17 on target, but failed to score in a scoreless draw. According to Paul Carr of TruMediaSports, Atalanta’s expected goal number of 5.86xG was the highest for a team without scoring a goal in his company’s 85,000 game database.

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Per Opta, Empoli goalkeeper Bartlomiej Dragowski’s 17 saves was the most since when Opta started recording data during the 2004/2005 season. The 21-year-old is on loan with Empoli from Fiorentina, who signed him in 2016. He’s featured for Poland youth national teams all the way to the Under-21s, but he has yet to make his full international debut. Of course, he’s behind former Arsenal goalkeepers Wojciech Szczęsny and Łukasz Fabiański in the pecking order.

After 32 games, Atalanta sits in the Europa League qualification places in the Serie A table, finding itself in sixth place with 53 points. A win on Monday would have jumped Atalanta into a tie for fourth place in the table with AC Milan, which are just two points ahead of Atalanta.

Serie A: Napoli draw postpones Juventus Scudetto celebrations

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Here’s a roundup of all of Sunday’s action in Italy’s top flight…

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Genoa 1-1 Napoli

Despite holding a man advantage for more than an hour, Carlo Ancelotti and Napoli could only muster a 1-1 draw thanks to a valiant effort by Genoa.

It was Napoli’s third match in its last five games without a win, giving Juventus a 20-point lead at the top of the table and putting them one point away from securing the title, which it can do at SPAL next week. Meanwhile, Napoli is still secure in second place in the table, especially after a dominating 4-1 win at AS Roma a week ago. However, they were defeated 2-1 by Empoli in midweek and now with the Genoa result, it’s a pair of surprise results for one of Italy’s top teams.

Ancelotti is under some pressure as well for leaving Lorenzo Insigne on the bench, and now the team has to turn things around just four days from a trip to London to face Arsenal in the UEFA Europa League.

Inter Milan 0-0 Atalanta

After six weeks out of the squad, Mauro Icardi made his return to the San Siro in his second-straight appearance for Inter Milan, as Inter played Atalanta to a scoreless draw.

Icardi drew jeers from the ultras at the San Siro but was reportedly supported from the other sections of the crowd, after it looked like he would never play for the club again. Icardi had the best chance of the game, going one-on-one with Pierluigi Gollini, but his chip was blocked.

Radja Nainggolan started on the bench but came on for Marcelo Brozovic, who looks to be out for at least a few weeks with a muscle strain.

Elsewhere in Serie A

Fiorentina 0-1 Frosinone
Udinese 3-2 Empoli
Cagliari 2-1 SPAL
Lazio 2-2 Sassuolo

Serie A: Atalanta keep winning, making UCL race highly interesting

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ROME (AP) Atalanta produced four goals in the opening 15 minutes of a 4-1 win over visiting Bologna in Serie A on Thursday to move within one point of the Champions League places.

Josip Ilicic scored twice and also set up Atalanta’s third from Hans Hateboer.

Duvan Zapata also scored, giving the Colombia striker 20 goals in 30 matches to move within one goal of the league lead held by Fabio Quagliarella of Sampdoria.

Riccardo Orsolini pulled one back for Bologna, which remained one point from safety.

Atalanta is fifth, one point behind AC Milan.

Also, Sassuolo took a big step toward staying up with a dominant 4-0 win over last-place Chievo Verona, which is nearing relegation.

Turkey defender Merih Demiral scored a brace with two headers in the first half and Manuel Locatelli and Domenico Berardi added goals after the break.

Chievo forward Emanuele Giaccherini had one goal disallowed by the VAR then had a penalty saved by Andrea Consigli near the end.

Sassuolo is 11th, eight points above the drop zone, while Chievo is buried at the bottom with only one win.