ROME (AFP) – Two goals from skipper Stefano Mauri helped Lazio to a 3-0 win over Atalanta on Saturday that moved the Rome outfit into third place in Serie A.
With Miroslav Klose left on the bench in favour of Filip Djordjevic, it was captain Mauri who stepped up to the mark after a lacklustre first half for both sides.
Mauri opened the scoring after 51 minutes from a cross by Felipe Anderson and added his second 20 minutes later after smart work down the left.
Senad Lulic headed home Lazio’s third goal after 81 minutes off a cross from Dusan Basta.
Mauri could have had a hat-trick if Stefan de Vrij hadn’t got in front of him to miss the target from a 38th-minute centre by Stefan Radu or if a smart left-footed volley hadn’t just missed the target in the 54th minute.
In Saturday’s other Serie A game, Palermo climbed to ninth place after a 2-1 win over Sassuolo secured by a last-minute goal from Andrea Belotti.