Atalanta beat Udinese 3-2 at the Gewiss Stadium on Saturday to stay in Serie A’s top four.
Luis Muriel scored two of the goals with Duvan Zapata adding the third for Atalanta. Roberto Pereyra and Jens Stryger Larsen pulled goals back for Udinese to keep the scoreline closer than the performances suggested.
Atalanta took the initiative from the start. They found a breakthrough when Matteo Pessina laid the ball back for Luis Muriel who hit a left-footed shot straight through the legs of Juan Musso to score his 17th Serie A goal of the season.
The home side continued to dominate in all areas and doubled their lead just before half time. Muriel received the ball beautifully in his path beyond the Udinese defence after being picked out by Ruslan Malinovskyi. The Colombian then finished off the move by taking the ball around Musso and tapping into an empty net.
With the game already looking out of Udinese’s reach, they reacted immediately with Roberto Pereyra sending a first-time finish into the corner to pull a goal back going into the break.
The home side started the second half just as well as the first keeping Udinese in their own half. Duvan Zapata added a third on the hour mark. The striker was found by Malinovskyi whose through ball allowed Zapata to be one-on-one with Musso and place the ball into the corner.
Once again Udinese replied with a goal of their own when Stryger Larsen came off the bench and made an immediate impact turning home a cross from Nahuel Molina to make it 3-2.
The win allows Atalanta to close the gap to second-placed AC Milan, after their draw against Sampdoria, to only two points.