Atalanta Beat Lazio 2-0 and Achieved a Historic Place in Serie A’s Top Four

Atalanta took on Lazio in a decisive Serie A matchup on Sunday, with the former securing a resounding 2-0 victory. It was a match that put Atalanta firmly in control of their destiny, as they look to solidify their place in the top four and guarantee themselves a Champions League spot.

The match began with Atalanta looking to take control of the game early on. They pressed Lazio into their own half, with Josip Ilicic pulling all the strings for the home side. His clever link up play and incisive passing helped create several chances for his teammates, but it was Duvan Zapata who made sure to take one of them. In the 35th minute he latched onto a loose ball after some good work by Timothy Castagne down the right flank and fired a rocket past Thomas Strakosha to give Atalanta an important 1-0 lead going into halftime.

After the restart, Lazio looked to mount a comeback but were unable to unlock the Atalanta defense which had been impeccable since taking the lead. As time ticked away, it seemed as though Atalanta would have to settle for just one goal until Josip Ilicic stepped up with an incredible strike from outside the box late on in stoppage time. The Croatian international whipped his shot into the top corner from 25 yards out, sealing an impressive 2-0 win for Atalanta and ensuring three crucial points that keeps them firmly in contention for Champions League football next season.

It was an impressive performance from Gasperini’s men who have been superb since midseason when they secured wins over both AC Milan and Inter Milan at San Siro within two weeks of each other. With this win over Lazio, they now find themselves ahead of Inter in terms of goal difference, though they know they are still not mathematically secure yet with five games remaining until season’s end.

Atalanta also celebrated their victory wearing an Atlanta United jersey as part of their partnership between both clubs’ respective ownerships. This is no doubt great news for fans of both teams who will be able to enjoy further collaborations between two great clubs that share common ownership.

All in all it was an impressive win by Atalanta that should go some way towards sealing them a place in next year’s Champions League competition if they continue playing like this until season’s end. It’s shaping up to be an exciting finish to Serie A and if results keep going their way then fans can expect big things out of this team come next year.

The match was also a great display of teamwork and passion from the Atalanta players, something that should be celebrated. They are now firmly in control of their own destiny and will hope to keep up this form until the end of the season as they look to seal themselves a Champions League spot.

This was an excellent win for Atalanta and it should give them confidence going into their next matches. With five games remaining, they have put themselves in good stead to achieve their goal of a top four finish come the end of the season. Let’s see how far they can go!