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Atalanta lead Serie A after win at Monza

Atalanta have moved two points clear at the top of Italy’s Serie A after they secured a 2-0 win at bottom-placed Monza.

Atalanta were unable to break through Monza’s defence in Monday’s first half as they faced a promoted side who were determined to secure their first points of the season, but the visitors came out a more aggressive unit in the second half.

Rasmus Hojlund scored the opening goal of the game in the 57th minute when Ademola Lookman found the Danish striker in the box where he shot into the bottom left corner with one touch.

Atalanta doubled the lead eight minutes later through an own goal when Lookman’s cut-back was deflected into Monza’s net by defender Marlon.

Atalanta are now on top of the league with 13 points, two ahead of Napoli and champions AC Milan, while Silvio Berlusconi’s Monza remain bottom without a point after five rounds.

Elsewhere, West Ham loanee Nikola Vlasic scored his third goal of the season in Torino’s 1-0 win at home to Lecce and Salernitana drew 2-2 at home to Empoli.

The visitors scored first and last through Martin Salerno and Sam Lammers – in the 31st and 81st minutes. In between Pasquale Mazzocchi (39) and Boulaye Dia (61) struck for the hosts.

The draw left Salernitana mid-table while Empoli’s fourth successive draw lifted them two points clear of the relegation zone.

With PA.

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